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Spectator who caused Tour de France crash arrested

UNIQUE SPORTS By Reuters | July 1st 2021
Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 3 - Lorient to Pontivy - France - June 28, 2021. Lotto–Soudal's Caleb Ewan and Bora–Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan crash. [REUTERS/Christophe Ena]

The spectator who caused a massive pile-up during the first stage of the Tour de France has been arrested after presenting herself at a police station, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.

The spectator, a 30-year-old French woman, is in custody at a police station in Landerneau, Brittany, the northwest French region where the Tour de France, the world's biggest cycling event, held its first four stages.

The spectator is accused of involuntarily causing injury and putting the life of others at risk.

On Saturday, German cyclist Tony Martin was sent tumbling when he rode straight into a cardboard sign being held out by a fan looking the other way at a television camera, creating chaos with 47 kilometres left of the stage.

Soudal rider Caleb Ewan of Australia after a crash before the crossing line. [REUTERS/Anne-Christine Poujoulat]

Another huge pile-up occurred in a nervy finale on narrow roads on Monday, leading the Tour de France riders to put their collective foot down one kilometre into the fourth stage on Tuesday - literally - bringing the race to a halt for about a minute in a silent protest for safer racing conditions after the crashes.

Wednesday's fifth stage is a 27.2-km individual time trial from Change to Laval, and all eyes will be on the overall contenders. 

Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 3 - Lorient to Pontivy - France - June 28, 2021. Lotto–Soudal's Caleb Ewan and Bora–Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan crash. [REUTERS/Christophe Ena]
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