The Tour de France is no stranger to large-scale crashes, and a major crash occurred early in the first stage on Saturday.
A large number of cyclists happened near the beginning of the stage when a spectator raised a cardboard sign too far on the road and hit Tony Martin, causing him to fall off his bicycle and knocking down a large group of riders behind him .
The huge crash is #TDF2021 This morning it was because a spectator held a sign and hit a rider.
-NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 26, 2021
Many riders avoided the crash and continued to move forward, including Julian Alaphilippe, Who finally won the first stage.
Here is what you need to know about signs and other major accidents in the history of the Tour de France.
What does’allez opi-omi’ mean?
The logo is a combination of French and German. According to Google Translate, “Allez” means “to” in French, and “opium” with”OgilvyAccording to Dict.cc, “is the German term for “grandpa” and “grandma”. Therefore the logo will be translated as “Go Grandpa-grandma”.
Most drivers were able to move on after the sign incident, but Jasha Satrin had to leave the race due to a car accident. According to NBC Sports.
The Tour de France later stated on Twitter that although it was happy to have spectators watching the race, it hoped that fans would “respect the safety of the riders” rather than “risk all risks in order to take pictures or be on TV.”
⚠We are very happy to have the public on the roadside #TDF2021.
But for the success of the tour, respect the safety of the drivers!
Don’t risk taking photos or being on TV! pic.twitter.com/eA6nnhRhWv
-Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 26, 2021
This may be a situation where fans wish their grandparents did not see them on TV.
Other major crashes in the Tour de France
This crash was one of two crashes that day, and some people said it was one of the most serious crashes in race history.
Less than 10 kilometers away from the stage, another crash occurred. It took away former champion Chris Frum and dozens of other drivers.
A large number of tour crashes cause major accidents or occur in the hands of non-riders.
Year 1999, Giuseppe Gallini hits the photographer When approaching the top of Alpe d’Huez, although he was able to stand up and win the stage.Bernard Hinault leads the 1985 Tour Collided with five other cyclists This caused Hinault to break his nose. However, he did cross the finish line of the stage and eventually won the race that year.
The accident on Saturday was not the only major accident in the first stage of the Tour de France. 1994, A policeman trying to get photos of the game He was hit by Willfried Nelissen, causing many other drivers to collide.