Tour de France accident culprit faces suspended prison sentence as she appears in court

The spectator who caused outcry at the Tour de France 2021 when her sign cut a cyclist, causing a huge accident, should be given a suspended prison sentence

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Prosecutors in the spectator’s trial who caused a spectacular crash at this year’s Tour de France have called on her to serve a four-month suspended prison sentence.

The 31-year-old Breton, who has not been named to protect her identity, appeared before the Brest court on Thursday.

She sparked mass controversy in June during the first leg of the famous race, when she leaned down the road waving a cardboard sign at TV cameras as the peloton quickly approached behind her .

He read “Come on, Opi-Omi”, the German terms for grandparents.

Woman caused huge crash after her sign caught German runner Tony Martin

The backboard cut into German runner Tony Martin, who crashed to the ground and prompted dozens of other runners to follow suit, with several runners unable to continue after suffering serious injuries. As a result, the race was delayed for several minutes.

She fled the scene and was not located for four days, before surrendering to the police.

Following the incident, Tour de France deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault said the tour would take legal action against the woman.

However, in July officials withdrew their lawsuit, with Tour director Christian Prudhomme saying: “We withdraw our complaint. This story has been exaggerated but we want to remind everyone of the safety rules on the race. . “

The woman, who a prosecutor said was ashamed of what she did, appeared in court on charges of unintentionally causing injury and endangering the lives of others.

According to Reuters, the court postponed its decision until Dec. 9, with prosecutors recommending a four-month suspended sentence.

Lawyer Romuald Palao, who represents the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA), told the court that the sentence should serve as a signal of the seriousness of his actions.

The spectator receives a suspended prison sentence

“The public is the key to cycling races, they must remain so, but it must be done with respect for the physical integrity of the riders,” said Palao.

“This case is representative of what can happen with people who want to stage themselves with photos, videos. You have to do it with a minimum of common sense and that was not the case there. “

Palao, who said the runners union would not hesitate to take further legal action should such incidents recur, also said: “What we want from this lawsuit is that it helps ensure that it does not happen again.

“Cycling is quite dangerous in itself, no need for additional risks. People on the road must act responsibly.”

A lawyer for the accused declined to comment on the trial.

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