French police have confirmed that they are searching for the fan who caused a major crash during the opening stage of the Tour de France.
German cyclist Tony Martin collided with a cardboard sign held by a fan on the side of the road on the first day of this year’s Tour de France, which sent the 36-year-old crashing to the ground.
Many cyclists in the tightly-packed peloton were unable to avoid Martin, which resulted in a major crash as the race was brought to a halt for the vast majority participating.
Crazy crash at Tour De France 2021 🇫🇷
— Nigel D’Souza (@Nigel__DSouza) June 26, 2021
The local police have confirmed that an investigation is under way into the unfortunate incident and have appealed to the public for information on the spectator who caused the major crash.
Organisers of the Tour de France have also confirmed that they intend to sue the woman responsible for the crash, saying they are doing so to prevent any similar incidents in the future.
“We are suing this woman who behaved so badly. We are doing this so that the tiny minority of people who do this don’t spoil the show for everyone,” Tour deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault told the AFP news agency.
⚠ We will never say it enough, and the message is pretty clear: Respect the riders and their safety.
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 27, 2021
Tour organisers appeal to the public to respect the cyclists’ safety.
Tour organisers released a tweet today appealing to spectators to stay clear of the road for the cyclists’ safety, in order to prevent a repeat of the unfortunate scenes from the first day.
At least nine cyclists were injured in the crash caused by the spectator, with German rider Jasha Sutterlin unable to start stage 2 because of the fall.
Martin, the cyclist who collided with the sign, escaped any serious injury.