LAVAL, France – The spectator who caused a massive pile-up during the first stage of the Tour de France was arrested after showing up at a police station, a source close to the investigation said on Wednesday.
The spectator, a 30-year-old Frenchwoman, is in custody in a police station in Landerneau, in Brittany, a region in north-western France where the Tour de France, the largest cycling event in the world, organized its first four steps.
The spectator is accused of unintentionally causing injury and endangering the lives of others.
German cyclist Tony Martin was sent into a tumble on Saturday when he walked straight into a cardboard sign held up by a fan staring across at a TV camera, creating chaos about 30 miles from the scene.
Another huge pile-up occurred in a nervous final on narrow roads on Monday, leading the Tour de France riders to put their collective footing about a mile from stage four on Tuesday – literally – stopping the race for about a minute. in a silent protest for safer racing conditions after crashes.
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The Tour de France normally sees thousands of fans cheering on the riders on the sidelines as they advance through the grueling stages of the race for three weeks.
With most of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted in France, enthusiastic fans took to the streets of picturesque villages along the route on the opening day of the race, and thousands lined the roads of the Breton countryside.