French police are fiercely investigating the Tour de France crash

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One of the violent crashes on the 1st stage of the Tour de France has come into the authorities’ spotlight.

French police are calling for witnesses on Sunday to the large accident caused by a spectator who was standing on the side of the road with a large cardboard sign.

The person in question held the sign some distance out on the road while she had the front facing the camera instead of the field of cyclists coming rumbling along the road.

As a result, Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin crashed into her and lifted much of the field onto the French asphalt.

It must now be investigated further, the French police have decided.

“The big challenge during the Tour is security,” said Joel Scherer, a lieutenant colonel in the French gendarmerie.

As a result of the episode, the Tour de France management has decided to sue the owner of the cardboard sign.

That’s what the race’s deputy director, Pierre-Yves Thouault, said on Saturday.

“We are going to sue the woman who behaved so badly,” he said.

“We do it so that the small part of people who do that kind of thing don’t ruin it all for everyone else.”

Although a large number of cyclists smoked down, only DSM’s Jasha Sütterlin had to retire immediately after.

The crash happened with about 46 kilometers to the finish, and with just over eight kilometers left, the field was once again hit by a giant crash.

Again, a large part of the field of the bike overturned, and a decimated group continued their journey towards the finish line.

The stage was won by Quick-Steps Julian Alaphilippe, who thus drives in the yellow jersey on Sunday’s 2nd stage.

/ ritzau / AFP

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