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Tour de France fan who caused accident receives suspended sentence

he spectator of the Tour de France, which caused a big fall in the peloton during the first stage of the 2021 edition, received a four-month suspended prison sentence after a trial in the French city of Brest.

The 31-year-old fan, who has not been named, knocked down German Jumbo-Visma rider Tony Martin with a cardboard sign as she waved to TV cameras, without realizing the peloton that approached behind her.

Martin’s fall knocked out much of the rest of the field, causing significant injuries to several riders, with a DSM team rider forced to retire.

The woman has been charged with endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries.

She had first fled the scene, surrendering to the police four days after the opening stage of the Tour.

“I am ashamed,” she said in court. “I am a calm person. Everything that has happened is the opposite of who I am.

A lawyer representing the riders’ association said his suspended sentence served as a reminder that cycling fans must respect riders: “The public is the key to cycling races, they must remain so, but it must be done within the framework of the race. respect for the physical integrity of the riders.

“This case is representative of what can happen with people who want to stage themselves with photos, videos. You have to do it with a minimum of common sense and that was not the case there.