Stage 1 was a shitshow. 2 crashes, the first caused by an oblivious spectator standing too far in the road with a sign. The second when one rider just behind the lead row touched wheels with a bike in front of him. Wiped the whole pack out with only a few miles to go.
Oh, so the President of the Tour de France did file a complaint against the woman that caused the first pile-up and the police are actively searching for her. This is a first in the history of the race.
I recall they said yesterday that one rider had already dropped out. And yes, what she did was dumb. However, it's not like crashes like the one that happened yesterday weren't already a danger. The fact that another one happened the same day just a few miles later with zero interference from a spectator proves that they do happen, and unfortunately quite frequently. Even today they were talking about how dangerous the roads were because it had rained earlier. Not that it makes what she did ok. But to hold her to a higher standard when every one of those riders knows there's a chance they'll fall and get hurt at any time for 100 other reasons seems odd. And the dumb thing is, she probably didn't even realize she had taken that step forward that put her in their way. Was it a fucking stupid thing to do? Yes. Did she do it on purpose? No. But they're using language to describe the search for her like she's some international terrorist when all she wanted to do was say hi to her grandparents. So it'll be an interesting case if they go forward with it because it's gonna be hard to prove the riders who fell wouldn't have fallen later that same day anyhow. And I bet everyone one of them had fallen before. I'm glad I'm not going to have to be the one to decide it.
Was it a fucking stupid thing to do? Yes. Did she do it on purpose? No.
Apparently this isn't enough to keep you out of trouble, legally speaking. Most of what I've read is anecdotal, but it seems the reason there's a manhunt is because there are going to be some serious charges. Makes me wonder what's going to happen on the civil end of things.
Also, apparently, it was a prank/joke what the person did. Because according to this site, the sign read "Go grandma and grandpa," or something to that effect.
There's nothing an agnostic can't do if he doesn't know whether he believes in anything or not.
Yeah, it's a mix of French and German. But you see people with all sorts of signs, and she probably made it hoping it'd be seen on TV, but that's hardly criminal. She's saying hi to her grandparents. Or maybe making a crack about an old person in the race. But that's not the same as if it was some kind of protest sign and she stepped out into the road and meant to disrupt the race. She just took one step too far. I just think considering how dangerous that race is even without spectators, it's a bit of a reach to hold her criminally responsible when no one had before.
In 1994, a policeman, stationed inside the barriers, stepped into the path of the peloton in Armentières to take a photograph of the speeding bunch, leaving numerous riders bloodied and seriously injured in the finishing straight.
During the 1999 Tour, a teenager stepped in front of Giuseppe Guerini to take a snapshot as he rode towards an assured solo win at Alpe d’Huez ski station, and in the opening stages of the 2006 Tour, Norway’s Thor Hushovd was taken to hospital by helicopter after being hit by a giant cardboard hand given out by a race sponsor for fans to wave around.
These two purposefully stepped in the path of the riders yet they were not sued or arrested. So why now?
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2021 12:47:38 GMT -5 by NYPinTA
The Tour de France has withdrawn a lawsuit against the spectator that caused a massive crash during Stage 1 of this year's iconic race, according to Reuters. After being arrested on Wednesday, the 30-year old French woman was in custody at a police station in the Brittany region of France.
"We are withdrawing our complaint," Tour director Christian Prudhomme said in a statement. "This story has been blown out of proportion, but we wish to remind everyone of the safety rules on the race. If you come to the Tour, you hold your kid, you hold your pet and don't cross the road carelessly. And above all, you respect the riders -- they're the ones worthy of live TV."
The fan, whose identity has still not been released to the public, stuck out a sign that read "Allez Opi-Omi" (which is French and German for "Go Grandpa-Grandma") during the race and a rider crashed into the cardboard, causing mayhem.
The crash occurred in the opening stage of the Tour de France, as rider were trekking from Brest to Landerneau, and the fan that caused the crash appeared to not be looking at the course. The fan's sign hit veteran cyclist Tony Martin, who first fell, causing others to fall as well. Jasha Sutterlin of Germany had to forfeit following the crash.
Following the crash, the fan fled the scene. Shortly thereafter, the Tour launched legal proceedings against the fan.
The incident was investigated by local authorities, and that investigation included questioning other fans who were at the event and witnessed what happened.
Authorities found the fan based on what they referred to as "solid" accounts from those who were questioned.
(I'm sure a lot of people do, to be honest.) But I was watching yesterday and people were in the road, running alongside the riders, in some cases get way too close, IMO. And .... nothing. The commentators didn't even mention it, other than to say how the crowds were cheering on the leaders, etc.
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