A spectator caused a huge crash on the Tour de France opening stage on Saturday, after Tony Martin collided with her sign as she faced the tv cameras instead of the race.
Le Grand Depart took place on Saturday, with the opening stage of this year's Tour de France taking place from Brest to Landerneau.
With around 47km of the race to go for stage leader Ide Schelling, the peloton were involved in a huge crash as German cyclist Martin made contact with a fan.
The supporter, stood on the side of the road, was holding a long cardboard sign reading "Allez Opi-Omi," and wasn't watching the riders, instead looking at the television cameras.
Martin knocked into her, lost control of his bike, hit the deck and caused many around him to crash as well.
This just happened in the Tour de France. pic.twitter.com/MIvVdjeBJn- The Tweets (@Needles_Toosay) June 26, 2021
The worst Tour de France crash I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/1jngQE1pYg- daniel (@cyclingreporter) June 26, 2021
This stupid idiotic spectator caused the whole Pelaton to crash in Tour de France....horrendous. catastrophic. BAN THAT PERSON FOREVER pic.twitter.com/gOUgH3Lkfe- A.G.A.Michelangelo (@MagnusOpus33) June 26, 2021
Martin's crash took out his entire team, Jumbo Visma, including 2020 Tour de France Yellow jersey runner up Primoz Roglic.
The Slovenian went into The Tour as second favourite to win the race, behind defending champion, and fellow countryman, Tadej Pogacar and head of Britain's Geraint Thomas.
Martin, a five time stage winner, managed to get back to his feet and was given a replacement bike by his team, with blood down his arms.
Unfortunately Jasha Sutterlin wasn't as lucky, with the Team DSM domestique having to abandon the race, and he may not be the last rider to suffer following the crash.
Teams took to social media to ask spectators to stand back from the side of the roads in order to let the riders race past.
:flag_fr: #TDF2021- Team Qhubeka NextHash (@QhubekaAssos) June 26, 2021
Our beautiful sport is completely unique and extra special in how accessible we are to the fans.
If we could please remind all spectators along the roads to stand back, at a safe distance, as the race passes by.
Hopefully there are no more scenes like this one as the race continues on the way to the final race down the Champs Elysees on July 18th.
Featured Image Credit: Eurosport
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