Selfie-taking fan causes Tour de France pile-up

A spectator taking a selfie has induced a serious crash of riders on the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France.

The stage was gained by Dutchman Wout Poels, who rode to his first profession grand tour stage win with victory on the slopes of Mont Blanc.

However Sunday’s stage was marred by the spectator who held out a telephone to snap a selfie, and sparked a pile-up that introduced down about 20 riders 50 kilometres into the day’s racing.

The fan knocked Sepp Kuss’s handlebars. Kuss went down with team-mate Nathan van Hooydonck, bringing down different riders within the peloton.

“There was a narrowing within the city and a spectator within the street, and I assume he simply clipped my handlebars,” mentioned Kuss.

“Fortunately I’m OK and hopefully the opposite guys within the crash are all proper. It’s not ultimate.

“I believe it’s fatigue. It’s been such a tough race and all people is a bit drained. You lose a little bit of alertness and there’s at all times issues out of your management as nicely.”

The Tour and a number of other groups subsequently warned spectators to be extra cautious.

“Please take note of the riders,” the Tour’s official account tweeted shortly after the incident, posing a slow-motion video of a rider ducking beneath a spectator’s outstretched arm.

Jumbo-Visma tweeted: “Please be at all times conscious when watching biking in conjunction with the street.”

Group Confidis mentioned: “Please watch out. In order that the occasion stays a celebration for the runners but in addition for you. You don’t want a cellphone to create mind-blowing reminiscences.”

Ineos Grenadiers mentioned: “In case you are spectating at this wonderful occasion, please give the riders room to race.”

Sunday’s incident got here two years after one of many Tour de France’s, the place a lady holding out a cardboard signal induced a huge pile-up through the first stage of the 2021 race.

German rider Tony Martin collided with the signal and fell off his bicycle, with dozens extra riders falling as they rode into him.

The incident made headlines world wide and the girl was finally fined €1200 ($1350) by a French courtroom.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Tour chief Jonas Vingegaard and shut contender Tadej Pogacar got here dwelling shoulder to shoulder some six minutes after Poels crossed the strains.

Vingegaard’s benefit in yellow remained at 10 seconds going into Monday’s relaxation day.

Carlos Rodriguez was simply behind to strengthen his maintain on third place total. Australia’s Jai Hindley suffered a second powerful day within the mountains and dropped to fifth behind Briton Adam Yates .

For Hindley the race is now about making the rostrum. He started the stage just one second behind Rodriguez, however is now one minute 17 seconds adrift of the Ineos Grenadiers rider and 6.38 behind Vingegaard.

Poels, using his tenth Tour de France after being a part of 4 profitable groups whereas with Group Sky and Ineos Grenadiers, delivered a second stage win of this race for Bahrain-Victorious. He devoted it to Gino Mader, his team-mate who died after a crash on the Tour de Suisse final month.

“I at all times dreamed to win a stage within the Tour and particularly with what has occurred within the group in the previous couple of weeks with Gino, the entire feelings come,” the Dutchman mentioned.

-with AAP