A 31-year-old wanted to say hello to “Grandpa and Grandpa” at the Tour de France with a cardboard sign on the edge of the track. Time trial world champion Tony Martin crashed into the outstretched shield, then another 50 cyclists fell.
The for the mass fall on the first Tour de France
The spectator responsible for the stage in June had to answer to the court on Thursday in Brest. The prosecution demanded four months probation for the 31-year-old, as the newspaper “Le Parisien” reported. A verdict will be pronounced on December 9th.
the The woman had a big cardboard sign with greetings to Grandpa and Grandma kept in the television cameras along the route in Brittany. Time trial world champion Tony Martin hit the shield at high speed, causing around 50 other riders to fall. The scene is captured in this video shared on Twitter:
The woman initially moved away from the scene, but turned in days later. According to the court, she is accused of negligent bodily harm and endangering the lives of others. In the court hearing it was said that the defendant had understood the danger of what she was doing and had apologized. The French woman chose the label “Allez Opi – Omi” because of her grandmother of German descent. She was sure that the grandparents were watching the tour on TV.
The Tour de France ultimately refrained from taking legal action against the woman. The international professional cycling federation (CPA), however, held on to a lawsuit. It was about promoting more respect for the cyclists who had trained months for the tour and some of whom could no longer continue afterwards, it said in a statement by the CPA.