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Massive fall at the Tour de France: the spectator with the sign fined


A young woman who had caused a massive fall of runners by waving a sign in June, during the Tour de France, was sentenced Thursday to a fine of 1,200 euros by the criminal court.

The Brest criminal court thus found her guilty of “endangering others” and “unintentional injuries”.

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The 31-year-old young woman will also have to pay a symbolic euro to the National Union of Professional Cyclists (UNCP), civil party.

During his trial on October 14, the prosecution requested a symbolic four-month suspended prison sentence.

On June 26, in the town of Sizun, 45 km from the finish of the first stage of the Tour, this resident of Finistère brandished a sign by encroaching on the road, her back to the peloton.

“Go opi-omi!” –papy-mamy in German, her grandmother being of German origin – had she written in large letters on a piece of cardboard to the address of her grandparents, living in Paris and unconditional admirers of the Great Loop.

Several runners, launched at high speed, could not avoid it. The German Tony Martin, the first to fall, had involved in his fall many other cyclists. Several riders had been forced to retire, including the German Jasha Sütterlin (DSM) and the Spaniard Marc Soler (Movistar).

The images of the fall of the runners had been around the world, unleashing strong media interest while it remained nowhere to be found.

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Four days after the incident, the young woman went to the gendarmerie responsible for the investigation, no longer supporting the media pressure.

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