The 31-year-old woman who caused a massive crash at the Tour de France in June has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence after a brief trial in Brest.
The woman from Brittany, who has not been named in order to protect her identity, stepped into the road with a sign, looking into the TV cameras ahead.
Tony Martin had nowhere to go as he slammed into the fan’s arm and fell hard onto the asphalt, before the German’s team-mates and competitors piled in behind with more than 20 riders hitting the deck.
In court she was charged with endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries.
‘I am ashamed,’ the woman said. ‘I am a quiet person. Everything that has happened is the opposite of who I am.’
A lawyer representing the riders’ association (CPA) said they hoped the sentence would serve as a signal of the seriousness of her actions.
‘The public is key to cycling races, it must remain that way, but it must be done with respect for the physical integrity of the riders,’ the lawyer said.
‘This case is representative of what can happen with people who want to take centre-stage themselves with pictures, videos. It has to be done with a minimum of common sense and this was not the case there.’
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The 31-year-old woman who caused a massive crash at the Tour de France in June has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence
Tony Martin had nowhere to go when the supporter stepped out, looking at the TV cameras