The Tour de France announced on Saturday June 26 its willingness to file a complaint against the spectator at the origin of the big fall that occurred 45 kilometers from the finish of the first stage in Landerneau (Finistère).
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The organizers insisted on respecting the safety rules for the Tour riders, victims of two maxi-falls in the last hour of the race. “We are filing a complaint against this lady who behaved very badly”, the deputy director of the Tour, Pierre-Yves Thouault, told AFP.
⚠ We are delighted to find the public at the side of the roads of the # TDF2021.
But to make the Tour a party, respect the safety of the runners!
📸 Don’t risk everything for a photo or to be on TV! pic.twitter.com/fo6Lrou6WS
– Tour de France ™ (@LeTour) June 27, 2021
“Let us ensure that the show that has been offered to us is not marred by unacceptable behavior on the part of a tiny minority of spectators”, added the deputy director of the Tour in charge of security. Pierre-Yves Thouault reminded everyone to strictly respect the rules, in particular to stay on the sides of the road, not to cross the road and not to take selfies.
Call for witnesses
The first big fall of the Tour was caused by a spectator who brandished a sign encroaching on the roadway. A call for witnesses was launched by the gendarmerie, in charge of the investigation, while the spectator quickly left the scene of the fall on Saturday.
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The German Tony Martin, who hit the sign, fell and led to the ground, by a domino effect, a good number of runners.
Four riders were forced to retire during or after this first stage of the Tour 2021, a second massive fall punctuating the last kilometers before the arrival at Landerneau: the German Jasha Sutterlin (DSM), the Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama- FDJ), French Cyril Lemoine (BB Hotels) and Spaniard Marc Soler (Movistar). Several other competitors, more or less seriously affected, may not take the start of the second stage on Sunday at Perros-Guirec.