Spectator who caused crash at Tour de France gets four months suspended prison
Spectator who caused mass crash at Tour de France in June gets four months suspended jail term after brief trial in Brest
The 31-year-old woman who caused a massive crash at the Tour de France in June has been sentenced to four months in prison after a short trial in Brest.
The woman from Brittany, who has not been named to protect her identity, stepped onto the road holding a sign and looked into the TV cameras in front of them.
Tony Martin had nowhere to go when he slammed into the fan’s arm and fell hard onto the tarmac, before the German’s teammates and competitors piled up behind with more than 20 riders reaching the deck.
In court, she was charged with endangering lives and causing accidental injuries.
“I’m ashamed,” the woman said. ‘I am a quiet person. Everything that has happened is the opposite of who I am.’
A lawyer for the cyclists’ association (CPA) said he hoped the punishment would be a signal of the seriousness of her actions.
“The public is the key to cycling races, it should remain that way, but with respect for the physical integrity of the riders,” said the lawyer.
“This case is representative of what can happen to people who want to take center stage themselves with photos, videos. It has to be done with a minimum of common sense and that was not the case there.’
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The 31-year-old woman who caused a massive crash at the Tour de France in June has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence.
Tony Martin had nowhere to go when the supporter stepped out and looked at the TV cameras