BREST | A criminal court on Thursday fined a young woman 1,200 euros for causing the massive fall of runners by waving a sign on the Tour de France in June.
The Brest Criminal Court convicted her of “causing harm to others” and “unintentional injuries”.
The 31-year-old National Union of Professional Cyclists (UNCP) will also have to pay the symbolic euro to the civil party.
During his trial on October 14, the prosecution symbolically requested a four-month suspended prison sentence.
On June 26, in the town of Sijun, 45 km from the end of the first leg of the tour, this resident of Finister’s was occupying the road when she saw a sign on her way back to Peloton.
“Go opi-omi!” –Pappy-Mummy in German, her grandmother is of German descent – written in large letters on a piece of cardboard to the address of her grandparents who lived in Paris and unconditionally adored the Great Loop.
Many runners who started at high speeds could not avoid it. The German Tony Martin, who fell first, was joined by several other cyclists in his fall. Many riders have had to retire, including German Jasha Sutherlyn (DSM) and Spain’s Mark Soler (Movistar).
Pictures of the runners’ downfall are around the world, which has sparked strong media interest without appearing anywhere.
Four days after the incident, the young woman went to Gendermary, which is responsible for the investigation, without supporting media pressure.