The Tour de France has revoked a lawsuit against the spectator who caused the crucial crash during the opening phase of the race.
The accident occurred during the first of the race’s 21 stages, German cyclist Tony Martin was sent toppling when he ran right into a cardboard poster held by a fan looking the other way at a television camera, that results in the subsequent fall of dozens of other riders which held up the race for several minutes.
The spectator, a 30-year-old French woman, is in custody at a police station in Landerneau, the region where the Tour de France held its first four stages. The spectator is impeached for involuntary intrusion causing injury and laying the lives of others at risk.
Here’s how the entire accident looks like;
Tour de France deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault told the AFP news that they plan to sue the woman so that the small minority of people who do this don’t jeopardize the show for everyone.
The charges under review carry an apparent one-year prison, relying on the severity of the cyclists’ damages, and a fine of 15,000 euros, or nearly $18,000, but a prison term is thought to be improbable as there are no underlying criminal charges against the woman.
However, Tour director Christian Prudhomme announced a different motive on Thursday, “We are withdrawing the lawsuit. This story has been blown out of proportion but we wish to remind every one of the safety standards on the race.”
The Tour also took to Twitter to say: “We’re glad to have the public on the side of the road on the #TDF2021. But for the Tour to be a success, honour the safety of the riders! Don’t stake everything for a snapshot or to get on television!”