Instant Replay: Fan Causes Massive Crash During Stage 1 Of Tour De France
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A fan caused a massive crash during the opening stage of the 2021 Tour de France long distance cycling race.
Stage 1 of the race took place on Saturday, June 26 in Brest, France. It’s the 108th edition of the Tour de France.
During the beginning day of the race, a fan stood alongside the route and held a sign.
The sign struck Tony Martin, who was riding past. Martin tumbled to the ground, which caused a huge pile up of bikes and fellow riders.
Jasha Sütterlin of Germany was injured and had to withdraw from the competition, according to The Tour.
A huge crash at #TDF2021 this morning was caused when a spectator held out a sign and struck a rider.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 26, 2021
After the incident, the Tour de France asked fans to “respect the safety of the riders” and to not “risk everything for a photo or to get on television!”
France’s Julian Alaphilippe went on to win the opening stage of the race. In honor of the Stage 1 victory, Alaphilippe will wear a yellow jersey during Stage 2.
Jerseys after Stage 1
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 26, 2021
The race will take place over a variety or routes throughout France until the final stage on Sunday, July 18.
Fans can watch every stage of the race via NBC Sports and Peacock.