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Spectator who brought down the Tour de France peloton with a banner is given a suspended jail sentence

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A Tour de France spectator who caused a major pile-up during the race has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence.

The 31-year-old woman brought down a rider with a banner as she waved at a television camera.


Cyclist Tony Martin crashed to the floor and the following peloton ploughed into each other.

A number of riders were badly injured.

One had to abandon the race.

After the incident the woman fled, only handing herself in to the police four days later.

The woman – who has not been named – told the court in Brest, France:

“I am ashamed.

“I am a quiet person.

“Everything that has happened is the opposite of who I am.”

The woman was charged with endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries.





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