The Tour de France will file a complaint against the spectator who caused a huge pile-up when she hit the road during the first stage of the race on Saturday. The woman was apparently anxious for the TV cameras to capture her holding a large sign with the words “ALLEZ OPI-OMI”, a mixture of French and German which translates to “come on grandfather-grandmother!” so she hit the road and didn’t realize the peloton was fast approaching. German cyclist Tony Martin hit the spectator sign and collapsed to the ground, causing a chain reaction that resulted in many more falling off their bikes. It was the first of two accidents at this stage of the race.
The Tour de France said the woman will face the consequences of her actions. “We are suing this woman who behaved so badly,” Pierre-Yves Thouault, deputy director of the organization, told AFP. “We are doing this so that the small minority of people who do this don’t ruin the show for everyone,” he said.
One runner, Jasha SÃ¼tterlin, was injured and had to withdraw from the race. Several others were injured, including spectators. Among the injured were Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli and Dutchman Wout van Aert, both of whom appeared favorites to win the first leg of the race but suffered delays after their crash. The runner who ultimately won, Julian Alaphilippe, did so with blood dripping from his knee. ” I hope everyone is doing well. I call on the fans to be careful. It’s nice to see the fans back on the side of the road, but please be careful, âsaid Alaphilippe.
If the Tour de France is going to pursue the spectator, the officials will first have to find her. On Sunday, French police were still looking for the spectator who had fled after the accident.