A pileup disrupted the Tour de France on Saturday after a fan got in the way of one rider with a cardboard sign.
The sign, which read “Allez Opi-Omi!,” caused cyclist Tony Martin to fall over, taking dozens of riders down with him and causing many to get stuck behind the crash.
The fan was not looking in the direction of the riders.
in an attempt to get a cardboard sign on tv, a spectator has taken out the entire peloton – maddening #TourDeFrance2021
— Rob Ralston (@PolicyRelevant) June 26, 2021
The worst Tour de France crash I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/1jngQE1pYg
— daniel (@cyclingreporter) June 26, 2021
One of the riders involved in the crash, Julian Alaphilippe, won the first stage of the race.
We’re glad to have the public on the side of the road on the #TDF2021,” the Tour de France said in a post following the incident. “But for the Tour to be a success, respect the safety of the riders! Don’t risk everything for a photo or to get on television!”
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Tour de France but did not immediately receive a response.
Author : Haley Victory Smith
Source : Washington Examiner : Fan’s sign causes major pileup at Tour de France