April 18, 2024

The Tour de France crash was reportedly caused by a fan taking a selfie pleading with caution

Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc, France – Tour de France overall leader Jonas Vingegaard is urging fans to behave better in cycling’s biggest race after another mass crash marred the 15th stage on Sunday.

“I want to tell the spectators to enjoy the race and to be there to give us courage not to stand on the track or pour beer on us,” said Vingegaard. “Please, just enjoy the race.”

The Danish rider will lead Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar by just 10 seconds as the race enters its final week.

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A general view of riders after a crash during Stage 15 of the Tour de France, from Les Gets Les Portes Du Soleil to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc, July 16, 2023.

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The incident, which involved around two dozen riders, led to appeals from several teams at the Tour.

“Please be careful. So that the party remains a party for the riders, but also for you. You don’t need a mobile phone to create memories,” said the Cofidis team amid unverified reports that the audience the cause of the crash was taking a selfie.

The Ineos Grenadiers team said “give the riders a chance to race.”

A day after a large pile-up forced several riders to abandon, the latest accident occurred after 32 miles when American rider Sepp Kuss – Vingegaard’s main partner – was tackled by a roadside spectator and sent to the ground. it.

Part of the tradition – and magic – of the Tour is that fans gather on roadsides and in villages with riders accompanying them, but many spectators can take too many risks, including when they run alongside riders in the mountains.

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Nathan Van Hooydonck of the Jumbo-Visma team receives medical attention after a crash during Stage 15 of the 2023 Tour de France, July 16, 2023.

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Jumbo-Visma said Dylan van Baarle and Nathan van Hooydonck were among those who hit the tarmac on Sunday. Vingegaard was riding close to his teammates but escaped unharmed.

“The team felt good today, although of course we had this accident which affected some of my teammates,” said Vingegaard.

Organizers also asked fans to “pay attention to the riders” after the incident, which resulted in no withdrawals.

Two years ago, a audience brandishing a large cardboard sign and they continued into the path of the incoming riders resulting in a huge build-up during the opening.

Dutch veteran Wout Poels won on Sunday after the tough trip in the Alps.

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