An investigation led to the arrest of a woman who held up a sign that caused dozens of cyclists to crash on Saturday.
During the first stage of the Tour de France, the woman held a sign, consisting of a mix of German and French, which said "Allez Opi-Omi!", translating to "Go Grandma and Grandpa!".
It's not clear what message the woman was trying to convey, but what authorities are sure of is that the woman's sign was the reason why the crash took place. Following a closer look at the footage, authorities were able to establish that the sign hit German rider Tony Martin.
Martin was cycling near the front of the pack and when he fell, dozens of riders behind him also fell. The big crash led to the race being held up for several minutes.
Before the police could arrive, the woman had fled the scene. She has since been tracked down, and CNN reports that the woman could face up to two years in prison and a fine of $35 000, according to the local police.
The 2021 edition of the most anticipated race on the cycling calendar has been flooded with crashes. During stage four of the race through France, the peloton held a silent protest by halting the race before riding very slow during the first few minutes on Tuesday.
Watch the video of the accident as it happened below.
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