A Tour de France cyclist who suffered broken bones after the recent crash wants to personally sue the foolish woman who caused it.
The world-famous peloton took place on Saturday, June 26th and it was twenty-eight miles from the end of the first stage when a spectator's sign hit German rider, Tony Martin.
This caused a horrifying domino effect, resulting in one of Tour de France's worst-ever crashes and led to many cyclists leaving the competition altogether. The woman was later taken to custody in Landerneau after fleeing the country.
The woman, who remains anonymous, was holding a sign that read: "Allez Opi Omi," which translated means: "Go Grandma Grandpa," and has since been arrested by police.
Video footage of the incident has been shared widely online...
The worst Tour de France crash I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/1jngQE1pYg
— daniel mcmahon (@cyclingreporter) June 26, 2021
And now, cyclist Marc Soler wants to take her to court for the damages she caused to him and many others during the race.
Soler finished the first stage in the last place, and due to suffering fractures to his elbows and wrist, he couldn't go on to compete in the second stage.
"I don't know what to do, I'm thinking of taking the spectator to court, because that's an entire Tour canned and I feel very angry," he said, as per Cycling News.
"'The Giro was really frustrating because it was a race I had prepared for over a long time and I had a great opportunity. But the Tour is even worse because it wasn't just a race incident, it was because of a spectator who obviously doesn't like cycling. All that preparation has gone into the bin."
"The fall happened at a point in the race where the road narrowed and we were trying to be well-placed, we were near the front and then I saw all the Jumbo-Visma riders going down, and [Mike] Teunissen crashed right in front of me. I went flying, somersaulted, and landed hard on my hands. They both hurt, and so did my face where my glasses had broken and my shoulder too. I tried to get up but I couldn't, I didn't have any strength in my arms," he added, detailing the severity of the crash.
Irresponsable 🤬 Faites attention aux coureurs ! #TDF2021 pic.twitter.com/NoTUB4gnfs
— Grégory Leclerc (@GregLeclerc) June 26, 2021
Soler was among some of the worst-injured and understandably, he wants compensation for the damages. As a result of the crash, 2 riders had to pull out of the Tour completely and many other riders were treated for injuries.
Bro that Tour de France fan will never be able to show her face again omg pic.twitter.com/Mwak5B9ozX
— John Chinaman (@FreeTheWzrd) June 28, 2021
Along with Soler, cyclist Cyril Lemoine was taken to hospital with 4 broken ribs, a head wound, and a punctured lung. And rider Ignatas Konovalovas was hospitalized with head trauma.
As per AFP, Tour de France Deputy Director Pierre-Yves Thouault said, "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."
Let's hope the riders who had their Tour De France opportunities brutally cut short receive some form of justice following the woman's foolish actions.