A spectator waving a sign on the side, obviously wanting to be on TV, spilled onto the road. A rider from the Jumbo team, the German Tony Martin, placed in the front rows of the peloton, hit the sign. His fall resulted in that of many runners. In great confusion, the runners on the ground were rescued or helped out. At this point in the race, only one competitor, the Dutchman Ide Schelling, had escaped. The first part of the peloton then decided to wait for the peloton to reform, with the riders caught in the fall of km 152 of this 197.8 km long stage, and won by Julian Alaphilippe.
The wanted spectator
Rather rare: the organizers of the Tour have filed a complaint against the woman with the sign. ” We are filing a complaint against this lady who behaved very badly », Declared the deputy director of the Tour, Pierre-Yves Thouault. A judicial investigation is opened for “involuntary injuries by manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence”.
A call for witnesses was launched to find this woman:
A second big crash split the peloton less than 8 kilometers from the finish of the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday in Landerneau. Britain’s Chris Froome, quadruple winner of the event, is one of the many riders who were caught in this massive crash. Froome, sitting on the road, did not get back on the bike immediately. His team let it be known in the evening that he did not suffer from a fracture and that a decision would be made this Sunday morning for the rest of the race.
Three riders were forced to retire in this first stage of the Tour: the German Jasha Sutterlin (DSM), the Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) and the French Cyril Lemoine (BB Hotels).