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The reckless spectator who had brandished a sign and caused an impressive fall of the cyclists of the Tour de France 2021 received, Thursday, four months in prison suspended. The young woman had presented “her regrets” and recognized the “dangerousness of her behavior”.
The sanction fell against the reckless spectator of the Tour de France 2021. Four months suspended prison sentence was requested on Thursday, 14 October, against the young woman who caused a massive fall of Tour de France riders holding a sign for his grandparents last June.
The substitute for the prosecutor Solenn Briand pointed out before the criminal court of Brest that the defendant, aged 31, had recognized “the dangerousness of his behavior” and “presented regrets”. The judgement was adjourned on 9 December.
She was responsible for “endangering others by manifestly wilful breach of a particular duty of care or safety imposed by law or regulation” and “involuntary injury resulting in incapacity for work not exceeding three months”. The judgement was adjourned on 9 December.
Dressed in navy blue pants and sweater, the young woman, unemployed and without a criminal record, had fled from the cameras when she arrived at the criminal court.
A “fragile” person
His lawyer Julien Bradmetz, who vainly demanded the lock-up, presented his client as having “a fragile personality for many years”. “This fragility has been increased tenfold so that today my client is living hell,” he stressed.
“Go opi-omi!” – grandpa-mamy in German, her grandmother being of German origin – had written the young woman in large letters on a piece of cardboard to the address of her grandparents, unconditional fans of the Grande Boucle.
It was last June 26, in the commune of Sizun, 45 km from the finish of the first stage of the Tour, part of Brest. The young woman, who lives in Finistère, had held up her sign while encroaching on the roadway, with her back to the peloton. Several runners, launched at speed, could not avoid him. The German Tony Martin, the first to fall, had dragged in his fall many other cyclists.
The Tour de France, which had initially announced its intention to file a complaint, finally renounced it saying it wanted to “calm things down”. “This lady made a huge dumpling that could have had even greater consequences but she is not a terrorist,” said the director of the Grande Boucle, Christian Prudhomme, on the sidelines of the presentation of the course of the Tour 2022.