Spectator facing four-month suspended prison sentence for causing ‘worst crash in Tour de France history’

The spectator who caused the huge Tour de France crash back in June is facing a four-month suspended prison sentence as punishment.

An unnamed 31-year-old woman from Brittany, France went on trial in Brest after triggering what has been called the ‘worst crash in Tour de France history’.

Her actions caused a massive crash

Her actions caused a massive crash

With around 45km to go, she infamously stepped into the road holding up a banner for the attention of the TV cameras.

As a result, Tony Martin crashed into her arm, hit the floor and caused a mass pile-up.

It effectively blocked the road with multiple stricken riders and broken bikes.

She was arrested and charged with endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries.

The prosecution have requested that she be handed a four-month suspended sentence, and the trial has been adjourned for a verdict on December 9.

“I am ashamed,” she is reported to have said in court.

“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 this case would demonstrate seriousness of her error.

“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.”