The fan who caused a massive pileup during the opening stage of the Tour de France was arrested on Wednesday, the Associated Press and local media reported. On the annual event’s first day, a fan standing just off the road’s pavement posed for a camera while holding a sign. She was not watching the race, and a bike ridden by Tony Martin clipped the movement, sending the race into chaos in a domino effect of downed cyclists.
The fan who caused Tour de France chaos arrested
France’s Bleu Finistere radio station reported that the fan was tracked down based on “solid” accounts and questioned this week. Investigators had spoken with dozens of people since the accident, per reports, after officials east of Brest put out a call for witnesses. The fan has not been publicly identified.
The fan got on a flight after the accident and was untraceable, local media reported over the weekend. Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said that ASO, the race organizer, filed a complaint against the fan that day.
Deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault said the organization planned to sue “so that the tiny minority of people who do this don’t spoil the show for everyone.” The fan held out a sign reading “Allez Opi-Omi.” It’s a mix of French and German terms that roughly equate to “Go Grandpa-Grandma.”
Tour de France continues.
The Tour de France runs through July 18 and features 21 days of biking with two days’ rest. It returns to its regularly scheduled calendar start after being pushed to August because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Cavendish won stage 4 with a down-to-the-wire finish on Tuesday.