- The spectator who caused a massive pileup at the Tour de France on Sunday is wanted by police.
- Tour de France deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault says they plan to sue the woman.
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The spectator who caused a massive crash involving numerous cyclists at the Tour de France has gone missing, and has reportedly fled to Germany, according to authorities.
The woman, who caused the crash by holding up a banner in front of the entire field while looking at the camera, reportedly fled the scene and has yet to be found, according to Ouest-France.
French police are using social media to assist in their search for the woman in the yellow jacket who triggered the Tour De France crash by making contact with German cyclist Tony Martin.
“In the framework of an accident on 26/06/21 on the RD30 municipality of St Cadou, during the first stage of Tour de France 2021, a judicial investigation is opened for ‘involuntary injuries by deliberate breach of an obligation of safety or caution,’ Gendarmerie du Finistère wrote on Facebook.
“The spectator causing this accident left the scene before the investigators arrived. She was wearing glasses and dressed in blue jeans, red and white stripe sweater, yellow jacket (waxed). She holds a sign supporting the inscription ′’ALLEZ OPI-IMO!’
“Anyone with information is kindly asked to call the Finistère Gendarmerie Operational Centre.”
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the spectator who caused the Tour de France crash faces up to a year in prison and a fine of almost $18,000.
As a result of the crash she caused, German rider Jasha Sutterlin was forced to pull out of the Tour de France, however, according to Cycling News, a total of 21 cyclists received significant injuries in the smash-up.
Jasha Sütterlin (Team DSM) – hematoma to the hand
Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) – head trauma
Cyril Lemoine (B&B Hotels-KTM) – broken ribs, punctured lung, cut on scalp
Marc Soler (Movistar) – fractured radius, left and right, fractured ulna
Aurelien Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroën) – contusion to left knee
Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën) – 10 stitches on left forearm
Dorion Godon (AG2R Citroën) – road rash
Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën) – road rash, stitches on right arm
Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën) – bruised shoulder, road rash
Michaël Schär (AG2R Citroën) – neck pain
Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix)
Kristian Sbaragli (Alpecin-Fenix) – stitches on lower lip
Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) – contusions on knees
Dan McLay (Arkea-Samsic) – back pain
Clément Russo (Arkea-Samsic) – thoracic trauma
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (BikeExchange) – lumbar trauma, stitches on right elbow
Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) – contusion to hip
Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) – contusion to right calf
Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-Quickstep)
Søren Kragh Andersen (DSM)
Casper Pedersen (DSM) – stitches
Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) – hip and thoracic trauma
Reto Hollenstein (Israel Start-Up Nation) – thoracic trauma
Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) – road rash, trauma to elbow, hip
Marc Soler (Movistar) – fractures on both arms
Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) – separated shoulder
THIS JUST IN: One news agency reportedly captured video of the spectator making her way out of France as she fled.