The woman who caused a major crash in the first stage of the Tour de France with her sign ‘Allez Opi-Omi’ will appear in court in Brest on Thursday. That writes the French newspaper ‘Ouest-France’. The 31-year-old woman risks a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of up to 15,000 euros.
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Organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) first filed a complaint, but later withdrew it. However, the international cyclists’ union (CPA) held their ground, as a result of which the careless spectator ends up in court. Her being called ‘endangering others’ and ‘inflicting accidental injuries resulting in incapacity for work for up to three months’. Tony Martin, meanwhile stopped, was the first rider to crash into the ‘Allez Opi-Omi’ sign in the opening stage to Landerneau. His fall had a domino effect.
Laura Mora of the CPA riders’ union insists it was “a really irresponsible act”. “It is not for us to do money,” the union woman told the French news agency AFP. “We don’t plan to ask for compensation in that area either, but we do want more respect and responsibility from the public who attend cycling races.”
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