FRANCE: The woman who caused a huge crash at the Tour de France race on Saturday will be sued appropriately, the race organizer said on Monday.
“We are using this woman who behaved so badly,” said Pierre-Yves Thouault, the event’s Deputy Director, as quoted by Agence France-Presse(AFP). “We are doing this so that the negligible number of people who do this don’tsoil the show for everyone.”
On Saturday, a spectator held up large cardboard saying “ALLEZ OPI-OMI!” – A message saying hello to the person’s grandparents, which stuck out into the middle of the road on which the cyclists were racing.
Tony Martin on the Jumbo-Visma team hit the sign and crashed which caused a chain reaction. Due to this, dozens of cyclists fell onto the pavement. According to the reports, the woman appeared to be looking at the TV cameras and not the riders.
Several cyclists sustained injuries including bloody arms and legs. Other cyclists such as Jasha Sütterlin of Team DSM, had to stop due to the mishap in the Tour de France.
Sütterlin was taken to the hospital to be examined and later turned out to have suffered a severe contusion to his right wrist, a statement said.
Two Ineos riders Richie Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart both lost time, while champion Tadej Pogacar saw his right hand man Marc Hirschi badly hurt.
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A second crash happened later on a few miles down the road but the cause was unclear.
Quoting regional newspaper Ouest France, AFP reported that the woman fled the scene after the massive pile-up of cycles and the cyclists. The woman can be seen wearing a yellow coat and the authorities are calling on witnesses to step up and help to find her, the BBC reported.