The fan, previously believed to be a German woman flown into France for the tour, has been located after a four-day search and arrested, RTL reports. Authorities tracked her down in Landerneau, France. That refutes earlier reports that, right after causing the crash, she boarded a plane to Germany to avoid the consequences of her incredibly stupid and reckless gesture.
The same report notes that she now faces a €1,500 (approximately $1,800) fine for causing “unintentional injuries.… by manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence” and possibly a few months of jail time. That would be the least punishment for what she did: The Amaury Sports Organization, the Tour de France organizer, has already announced plans to sue her, and she could be facing similar legal action from riders who were injured or sidelined by her stupid stunt.
Speaking of which, you can see it in the video below in all its stupidity. The woman made a cardboard sign reading “Go Grandpa-Grandma” and leaned onto the road so that she could get better visibility on camera. The peloton was coming behind her, and German rider Tony Martin, with no room to maneuver to avoid contact, hit the placard and went down. His fall brought down his entire team, and then dozens of riders coming from behind.
This year’s Tour de France has already seen several massive crashes, more so than any other edition, but preventable, as well. As a sign of protest, riders stopped the race for one minute, asking stakeholders to adapt the rules to the course and stop the clock before dangerous portions where crashes are known to happen.
After Saturday’s massive spectator-induced crash, riders at the Tour de France stop in a one-minute protest for safer racing conditions. pic.twitter.com/Pl6SdYS4yQ— The Recount (@therecount) June 29, 2021