French Police Searching for Woman Who Caused Tour de France Crash

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Chances are you seen the footage… The footage, that is, of the absolutely horrific crash that took place at the Tour de France just a few days ago.

The huge crash was caused by a spectator who stepped onto the road as the cyclists were heading past at speeds of around 50km an hour.

The spectator had a sign in her hand and was looking at the cameramen when German cyclist, Tony Martin, rode into the woman’s sign which read: ” “Allez Opi-Omi” (Come on granddad-granny, in a mix of French and German).

Martin immediately crashed his bicycle which then started a devastating domino-effect which saw countless other riders hurtling to the ground at high speeds.

Photographs taken after the huge pile-up show many cyclists in visible pain and distress, others are covered in blood. Several cyclists were left injured, as well as spectators, however only one cyclist had to pull out of the race: Jasha Sutterlin.

The narrow road itself was almost entirely blocked by stricken riders and broken bikes.

The woman who caused the crash is believed to have fled the scene immediately. Now police are frantically searching for her.

Officers said the woman was wearing glasses, a yellow jacket, a red and white jumper, and blue jeans.

The police said they intend to charge the unnamed spectator with “unintentional short-term injury through a manifestly deliberate breach of a duty of safety or care”.

A senior race official confirmed that race organisers will be taking legal action against the woman.

Tour deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault told the AFP news agency:

“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 organizers also warned fans to respect the safety of the riders and not to risk ‘everything’ just to get a good photo or appear on television.

More specifically, they tweeted:

“We’re glad to have the public on the side of the road on the #TDF2021. But for the Tour to be a success, respect the safety of the riders! Don’t risk everything for a photo or to get on television!”

2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins said he had no sympathy for the fan involved, who may not have meant to cause such a crash.

He said:

“They’re part and parcel of the spectacle of the Tour de France. And this year, in particular, being able to come back onto the route and watch it. I don’t know how you police it.”

Police are currently still actively looking for the woman who caused the huge pile-up…