Crashes in the Tour de France happen all the time, but the majority of them are usually not because of an overzealous fan.
The pile-up during Stage 15 was particularly eye-catching as a number of riders fell after a fan apparently tried to take a picture. The riders were traveling from Les Gets les Portes du Soleil to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc when Eurosport commentary said a spectator had caused a rider to be put off balance.
“Someone taking a selfie on the side of the road,” said commentator Dan Lloyd. “It was one of the Jumbo riders who was clipped by them enough that he lost control … just somebody stepping too far out, trying to take a picture, clipping the riders who are hugging one side of the road to the other, and this is the consequence of that.”
“An arm came out and clipped a shoulder, and down we all came like skittles,” said Carlton Kirby on Eurosport.
The team of the Tour de France leader, Jonas Vingegaard, will now consider pressing charges, according to The Guardian.
Sepp Kuss’s fall caused a domino effect through the peloton with multiple other riders also hitting the tarmac. The person involved has been identified but he will not be arrested unless Kuss wishes to take matters further. However, a spokesperson for Jumbo-Visma said: “The team might. We’ll find out how and when.”
This week, the official Tour de France Twitter account wanted to send out a reminder for fans to not interfere with the race.
The Tour de France officially began on Saturday, July 1, and it is set to wrap up on Sunday, July 23.
Through Stage 15 of 21, Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard of Team Jumbo-Visma holds the overall lead and the yellow jersey.
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