Gendarmes in Brittany have arrested a fan involved in a mass pile-up at the Tour de France during the opening leg of cycling’s biggest event, a report said.
The fan carried a large cardboard sign, bowing in the way of oncoming riders. She was looking in the other direction, apparently at a camera and not at the oncoming peloton.
Citing a source close to the investigation, France Bleu Finisterre said the woman, not publicly identified, was arrested in the Finisterre area by gendarmes, who tracked her down based on “concrete” accounts. . The local radio station said investigators have spoken to dozens of people since Saturday’s incident.
Tour organizers announced after the crash on the stage from Brest to Landerneau that they would initiate legal proceedings against the fan, who had disappeared from the crash site. She leaned in the way of veteran rider Tony Martin, who fell off his bike and carried dozens of others down in his slipstream. German rider Jasha Sutterlin was forced to leave the race.
The gendarmerie du Landerneau, east of Brest, had a call for witnesses shortly after the pile-up. It declined to comment on the alleged arrest.
The gathering of fans as riders along roads and in villages is part of the tour’s tradition and charm. But the woman in question leaned into the cyclists’ way with her sign that read “Allez op-omi,” a mixture of French and German-language terms for grandparent—”Go grandparent.”
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