Spectator who caused Tour de France pile-up goes on trial
A spectator whose attempt to get noticed by TV cameras while cheering the Tour de France caused one of the biggest pile-ups in the race’s history has gone on trial charged with injuring dozens of riders.
The 31-year-old from Brittany in France, whose identity was withheld after she was subjected to online abuse, told prosecutors she felt ashamed of her “stupidity”.
As she stood with other spectators at the side of a narrow road near the finish of the first day’s racing in north-west France in June, she held up a wide cardboard sign that read: “Allez, Opi-Omi” – opi and omi being informal German terms for grandfather and grandmother.
She was hoping to be spotted by TV cameras to impress her German-origin grandparents, who were watching the race on …
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