French police are hunting a spectator who caused dozens of Tour de France participants to collide in a mass crash last weekend. The incident occurred on Saturday (6/26/2021) which was touted as the worst in the history of the Tour de France.
The incident began when a woman took a selfie when German rider Tony Martin was speeding at high speed. Martin then hit a cardboard board that the woman was holding. He then fell off his bike and caused a group of other cyclists in the vicinity to fall.
From the television show, a woman wearing a yellow jacket leans into the middle of the street smiling while carrying a sign with the words “Allez Opi-Omi” (“Come on grandparents,” in French and German).
As a group of cyclists approached him, TV footage showed him facing the camera, not towards the cyclists. A spokesman from France’s National Gendarmerie, one of two local national police forces, told NBC News Monday that the woman is still wanted.
Investigators are now combing through the cameras and asking witnesses to provide information regarding the incident at the Tour de France. Police said the woman had fled the scene before investigators arrived on the scene. In a press release Saturday, the National Gendarmerie said an investigation had been opened about the mass crash. In an interview with Eurosport on Sunday (27/06/2021) the Director of the Tour de France said that the woman’s behaviour was “unacceptable and intolerable”.
Quoting from the Daily Mail, the offences committed by a female spectator could see her sentenced to 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of 13,000 pounds (Rp 260 million). Tour de France Deputy Director Pierre-Yves Thouault, said the organisers had formally lodged a legal complaint against the spectator.
‘It’s unacceptable behaviour. There are safety rules that must be obeyed. The audience didn’t cross the street, they didn’t take selfies,” he said.
“Frankly his behavior is crazy. The one who performs is the rider, not the audience who wants to appear on TV,” Thouault added.