Woman who allegedly caused massive Tour de France crash arrested

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After a four-day search, the girl accused of holding a banner that caused the crash of dozens of cyclists throughout the first stage of the Tour de France has been arrested and is being interrogated by police.

Public prosecutor Camille Miansoni mentioned on Thursday the 30-year-old lady turned herself into police and expressed emotions “of shame, of fear, in the face of the consequences of her act”. She is “distressed by the media coverage of what she calls ‘her blunder,”” added Miansoni.

The accident occurred final Saturday when a feminine spectator on the facet of the street held up an enormous signal which caused a massive crash 45 kilometers from the end of the primary stage of the race from Brest to Landerneau.

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The signal mentioned ‘ALLEZ OPI-OMI !’ in French and German and it was not instantly clear what she meant to say on the signal which interprets to ‘Go Grandma and Grandpa.’

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According to the race’s video protection of Saturday’s incident, the signal hit German rider Tony Martin who was biking close to the top of the pack. Martin fell, which led to the next crash of dozens of riders behind him.

Cyclists fell en masse and the crash left bikes and our bodies tangled within the street. The fall held the race up for a number of minutes.

Three riders withdrew from the race after the crash resulting from their accidents. “So disappointed,” German bicycle owner Jasha Sütterlin of Team DSM reportedly mentioned.

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“Following the crash, he was taken to hospital for examinations which revealed no broken bones, but a severe contusion to his right wrist that will require further examinations back at home,” Team DSM mentioned in an announcement about Sütterlin.

The opening phases of this 12 months’s Tour have been marred by a sequence of crashes.

“Following the crashes during the third stage of the Tour de France, the riders have been discussing how they wish to proceed to show their dissatisfaction with safety measures in place and demand their concerns are taken seriously,” the riders’ union, the Cyclistes Professionnels Associés, mentioned in an announcement. “Their frustration about foreseeable and preventable action is enormous.”

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Team UAE Emirates’ Marc Hirschi receives medical remedy after crashing throughout the first stage of the Tour de France.. Photo: CNN

In a press convention on Thursday, native chief of police Nicolas Duvinage known as for calm, saying the girl was attempting to ship a message on TV to her grandparents and that it’s “wise not to carry out a media lynching.”