French police finally managed to arrest the woman who was responsible for a huge pile-up on the Tour de France this weekend.
According to Reuters, the 30-year-old woman showed up at a police station in Landerneau, Brittany, where this particular stage of the race took place on Wednesday. It also turns out that she is French, despite previous reports calling her German because of the words on her sign.
“She presented herself at midday at the Landerneau gendarmerie, announcing that she no longer supported media pressure,” said the colonel. Nicolas Duvinage told local radio France Bleu.
“The investigators of the Landerneau research brigade had formally identified her this morning and were preparing to question her at noon.”
She now faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to € 15,000 (approximately AU $ 24,000).
How not to watch a bike race!
A mad fan causes chaos on stage 1 of the Tour de France. pic.twitter.com/nydkPZWvXm
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Gilbert versier, an orthopedic surgeon who assisted bikers after the crash and once served as a medical officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, literally compared the carnage to that on the battlefield.
“It looks like a war zone, the same chaos, the same moans, bodies everywhere and tangled machines,” he told the French sports newspaper. The team.
“You can’t imagine so much damage. In the midst of the commotion, with runners getting up and wanting to start again, the most serious cases must be identified.
The police had opened Sunday its investigation for “involuntary injuries with incapacity not exceeding three months by a deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence”, while the organizers of the Tour de France also intend to prosecute it for this incident .
Crazy crash at the Tour De France 2021 ????????
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This whole incident apparently caused all the hubbub in Landerneau, with dozens of people providing information.
The woman is now in custody and it remains to be seen what will happen to her, if anything.
As for the riders, the whole peloton stopped Tuesday for a minute of silence to raise awareness of safer racing conditions on the Tour de France. Then they drove the next 10 km very slowly without competing against each other.
Suffice to say that there was no accident during this period.
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