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Carnage at the Tour de France as a SPECTATOR causes massive pile-up on stage one

Carnage at the Tour de France as a SPECTATOR causes massive pile-up on stage one… with fans’ banner bringing down riders with German Jasha Sutterlin forced to abandon the race

  • The Tour de France kicked off on Saturday with the riders rolling out of Brest 
  • A giant pile-up was caused by a mindless fans wielding a banner roadside 
  • The spectator wiped-out Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin at the front of the peloton 
  • More than 100 riders were stalled, with several lying injured on the road 
  • Team DSM’s German rider Jasha Sutterlin was forced to abandon the race

A roadside spectator showing-off a banner to the TV cameras caused chaos on stage one of the Tour de France, stepping into the road and causing a shocking pile-up. 

Cycling’s showpiece rolled out of Brest on Saturday to begin three weeks of racing, but the race’s familiar first-week chaos reared its head with 45km to go. 

As the peloton wound its way through the narrow Brittany back-roads, the Jumbo-Visma team were organised together on the right-hand-side of the road.  

A roadside spectator caused a massive crash in the Tour de France on Saturday with a banner 

With all-but a couple of riders among 184-strong field behind him, Tony Martin was protecting his team leader Primoz Roglic when a spectator stepped into the road, looking into the TV cameras ahead.  

Martin had nowhere to go as he slammed into the fan’s arm, as his team-mates and competitors piled in behind. 

More than 20 riders hit the deck, with Team DSM’s Jasha Sutterlin forced to abandon the race due to his injuries. 

More to follow…  

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