The Fan who caused a shocking mass crash at the Tour de France on Saturday has
been arrested, according to multiple reports. Nearly all of the peloton was wiped out
on Stage 1 when Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) collided with the fan’s cardboard sign,
sparking a domino effect amongst the riders.
NSL Learnt, the fan is now in custody and stands accused of involuntarily causing injury
and faces a fine of 1,500 euros.
TV replays showed the fan grinning into the camera and holding a sign which read
“ALLEZ OPI-OMI!” – which roughly translates as “COME ON GRANDDAD-GRANNY” –
unaware that it was about to send a shockwave through the peloton.
“The woman has been formally identified. She has been in police custody for a few
minutes, the hearing has barely begun,” a source told AFP.
The Tour’s deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault said after the incident: “We are suing
this woman who behaved so badly.
“We are doing this so that the tiny minority of people who do this do not spoil the show