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Fan who caused Tour de France crash goes on trial


BREST, France, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The roadside spectator who caused an enormous pile-up through the first stage of the Tour de France in June goes on trial on Thursday in what a riders’ union stated it hopes will assist elevate consciousness over security dangers in biking races.

The French lady, who has not been named, despatched one bike owner tumbling – with dozens extra falling to the bottom as a consequence – due to a big cardboard signal she was holding at a tv digicam, dealing with away from the cyclists.

The younger lady, whom a prosecutor stated felt ashamed of what she did, is accused of involuntarily inflicting harm and placing the lifetime of others in danger and faces a effective and doubtlessly a jail sentence. learn extra

“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,” stated Romuald Palao, a lawyer for the Professional Cyclists’ Association CPA, who is get together to the trial.

“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.”

A lawyer for the defendant declined to remark on the trial, which is happening within the western France metropolis of Brest. It was unclear if the decision could be delivered proper after the listening to on Thursday or at a later date.

The Tour de France withdrew its personal lawsuit, saying security on the race was key however the case had blown out of proportion after it triggered a media frenzy. learn extra

Reporting by Ingrid Melander and Stephane Mahe
Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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