Spectator Triggers a Mass Fall in Tour de France
The Tour de France is considered to be a first-class cycling event. So, it’s no wonder that numerous spectators line up along the route and cheer on their heroes. Sadly, many of the enthusiasts seek close contact with the stars, which can quickly become dangerous. Unfortunately, approaching the racing athletes on the track repeatedly leads to hazardous situations.
An example could be spectators on track causing a mass falls due to poor supervision. Unfortunately, the fans had to experience such incidents again at this year’s Tour de France. Two mass falls took place right at the beginning, which meant that the first stage of the Tour de France was not lucky. The 197 km long route caused numerous sportsmen to fall and many sustained injuries. One cyclist even had to finish the competition early.
The first mass fall occurred around 40 kilometres from the finish. A spectator entered the track on its edge and held a sign up to the cameras. She wanted to greet her grandparents, but the jump happened just before the participants raced up the track. The sign protruded far into the street and caused a mass fall. The German professional Tony Martin from the Jumbo-Visma team raced into the shield at around 45 km/h and fell. With that, he brought down nearly the entire field of cyclists after himself.
Jasha Sütterlin from Team DSM had to give up the race due to injuries. Martin was lucky and was able to drive on with bloodied arms. Unfortunately, numerous favourites for the overall victory of Tour de France were among the victims. Many riders were obviously in pain and bleeding. But, as the athlete reported afterwards, the pain only comes long after such a fall. Anyone who gets on the bike straight away and continues to ride will not feel it until the evening after the race.
The incident was also heavily discussed on social networks. The woman wanted to be on television at that moment. In doing so, she accepted numerous injuries. Tony Martin described the incident after the race scenes as completely unnecessary. The field was supposed to be in control at this point. The athletes assumed that the spectators would make room.
Unfortunately, an accident like this happens on almost every Tour de France. The fans are sometimes in the middle of the track and the cyclists always assume that they are going to move aside and that nothing suddenly leaps onto the road. If this does happen, however, the racers can no longer avoid an accident while approaching at high speeds and cannot evade the spectators. But this year’s incident has reignited the discussion about participant safety that has been simmering for years. After all, it is not the first time that spectators have caused mass falls and many experts are wondering how to better protect participants from such actions in the future? But the drama was not over that day. Seven kilometres from the finish, there was an another mass fall.