Woman Arrested After She Causes Horrific Accident at Tour de France as a Spectator

Published 06/30/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 5 – Change to Laval Espace Mayenne – France – June 30, 2021 UAE Team Emirates rider Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark in action during stage 5 Pool via REUTERS/Christophe Ena


The Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling event on the globe. But despite the pristine and glory surrounding it, there’s always the chance of a hiccup.

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And that’s exactly what happened on the opening day of this year’s event. A woman holding a placard that read ‘‘Allez Opi-Omi’ (roughly translating to Go Grandma and Grandpa in French and German) caused a massive collision where multiple riders were affected.

The incident occurred on stage 1 route of the Tour de France from Brest to Landerneau. With approximately 29 miles of the course remaining, the spectator was standing on the right side of the road holding her placard.

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The spectator in question had her back to the incoming peloton when the incident took place. Her placard pointed out at handlebar height towards the road, causing German rider Tony Martin to collide with it and crash. With a packed peloton behind him, Martin’s crash caused a ripple effect which saw multiple riders injured in the process.

Jasha Sütterlin of Team DSM had to be taken to a hospital immediately with an injured hand. Team Movistar rider Marc Soler finished the stage but had to retire the next morning after suffering fractures in both arms.

Apart from the two, eight other riders were inspected by race doctors after suffering injuries. But now, justice has been served.

Woman who caused Tour de France pile up now in police custody

The culprit of the crash quickly fled the scene following the incident. But justice prevailed in the end as the culprit was found and nabbed by local police on Thursday.

Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 5 – Change to Laval Espace Mayenne. Astana–Premier Tech rider Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark in action. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The woman, a 30-year-old French national, was being hunted down by Police after race organizers threatened to sue the perpetrator of the heinous incident.

The regional police department had launched a full-scale investigation calling on witnesses to report the suspect in question. Doing her best to evade the Police since last Saturday, the lady was finally caught and is now undergoing questioning.

The woman is likely to face a fine for the incident. But further lawsuits from individual riders could make things a bit more tricky.

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Another pile-up in on Monday saw the riders bring the race to a halt for a minute to stage a silent protest demanding safer racing conditions following the two incidents in quick succession.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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