The spectator who caused one of the most dangerous crashes in Tour de France history, which affected more than 50 cyclists, is “untraceable” after catching a flight back home.
The crash was caused because the fan, whose identity is still unknown, turned her back to riders to display a sign that read “Allez Opi-Omi (Go Grandpa-Grandma)”.
That caused cyclist Tony Martin to ride into it and the chain reaction led to around 50 others behind him to crash, causing 21 injuries and even forced Jasha Suetterlin of Team DSM to abandon the race.
The spectator is believed to be German due to the language used on her signboard, and authorities believe she fled back to avoid facing legal proceedings.
A spokesperson for local authorities said: “The spectator who caused this accident left the scene before the arrival of the investigators.
“Everything is being done to try and find her; she was wearing glasses and dressed in blue jeans, a red and white striped sweater, and a waxed yellow jacket.”
If the fan is found, she will face a criminal inquiry and if guilty, she could face up to a year in prison and a fine equivalent to about £13,000.
The crash left many injured and Gilbert Versier, who has been working as an orthopaedic surgeon on the Tour for 11 years but previously served as a medical officer operating out in Iraq and Afghanistan said to French outlet L’Equipe: “It looks like a war scene, the same chaos, the same moans, bodies everywhere and tangled machines.”
“You can't imagine so much breakage.
“In the midst of the commotion, the runners getting up and wanting to start again, the most serious cases must be identified.
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“In general, these are the ones who are furthest from the accident site, because they have been thrown.”
The Tour de France’s deputy director Pierre-Yves Thoualt said he was suing the woman for her behaviour.
“This is unacceptable behaviour,” he said.
“There are safety rules to follow; spectators don't cross the road, they don't take selfies.
“Frankly, her attitude was insane.
“The show is the riders, not spectators who want to be on TV.
“The Tour must remain a party but because of the attitude of a very small minority, it is ruined.
“We can no longer accept this.”
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