Police are trying to find a spectator who precipitated a big pile-up in the course of the opening stage of this yr’s Tour de France after which is believed to have left the scene.
The girl held up a cardboard signal on the roadside as a bunch of cyclists approached on Saturday.
She appeared to look straight on the tv motorcycle cameras together with her again turned on the pack of riders.
German rider Tony Martin then rode into the signal, which stated “Allez Opi-Omi” (Come on granddad-granny, in a mixture of French and German), and he was despatched tumbling.
This led to a domino impact, with numerous different riders additionally hitting the bottom, round 47km (29 miles) from the tip of the Brest-Landerneau stage.
The slender highway was virtually solely blocked by stricken riders and damaged bikes.
A press release from native police stated a judicial investigation is underneath manner into the incident and the drive was asking for data from members of the general public.
Officers stated the girl was carrying glasses, a yellow jacket, a pink and white jumper, and blue denims.
One other German rider, Jasha Sutterlin, was the one bike owner who needed to abandon the race however a number of folks had been damage, together with spectators.
A senior race official reportedly stated organisers will likely be taking authorized motion in opposition to the girl.
“We’re suing this lady who behaved so badly,” Tour deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault informed the AFP information company.
“We’re doing this in order that the tiny minority of people that do that do not spoil the present for everybody,” he stated.
Tour organisers have warned followers to “respect the protection of the riders” and “do not threat every part for a photograph or to get on tv”.
A tweet stated: “We’re glad to have the general public on the facet of the highway on the #TDF2021.
“However for the Tour to be a hit, respect the protection of the riders!
“Do not threat every part for a photograph or to get on tv!”
There was additionally a second crash about 7.5km (4.6 miles) from the end which introduced down a number of riders, together with British bike owner Chris Froome.
Froome then obtained again on his bike after being seen by a race physician and was capable of cross the road. The stage was received by Julian Alaphilippe of France.
Froome was in a position to participate in at the moment’s second stage.