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Suspended sentence handed to Tour De France crash spectator

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Suspended sentence handed to spectator who caused the Tour De France crash

The unnamed spectator who caused a huge crash during this year’s Tour de France, after a trial in the French city of Brest, has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence. After standing in the path of the peloton of riders during the first stage of the race, waving a cardboard sign at the television cameras that read “Allez, Opi-Omi”, the 31-year-old started a chain reaction that saw around half of the field taken down.

She claimed to have been unaware that the riders were approaching as she stepped into the road, but then German rider Tony Martin from the Jumbo-Visma team clipped into her, sending him to the ground. This caused a multiple pile-up behind Martin, with one Team DSM rider, Spain’s Marc Soler, being so badly hurt that he had to retire from the race after breaking his arms.

She initially fled the scene but gave herself up to the police after four days

She initially fled from the scene, but four days later, after being hunted by the police, she handed herself in. The judge charged her with endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries. Addressing the court, she said, “I am ashamed. I am a quiet person. Everything that has happened is the opposite of who I am”.

“The public is key to cycling races, it must remain that way, but it must be done with respect for the physical integrity of the riders”, commented a lawyer for the riders association, adding, “This case is representative of what can happen with people who want to take centre-stage themselves with pictures, videos. It has to be done with a minimum of common sense and this was not the case there”, as reported by uk.news.yahoo.com.

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Chris King

Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.



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