PARIS — A French courtroom on Thursday convicted and fined a Tour de France spectator whose cardboard sign caused a pileup of dozens of cyclists through the world-famous competitors in June.
The spectator, a 31-year-old lady who has not been publicly recognized, was discovered responsible by a prison courtroom in Brest of reckless endangerment and involuntarily inflicting accidents.
The lady, who stepped onto the highway through the race and had her again to the cyclists, was fined 1,200 euros, or about $1,350 — far lower than the utmost penalties she was dealing with.
The fees into consideration carried a doable one-year jail time period and a fantastic of €15,000. On the lady’s trial, in October, prosecutors requested a four-month suspended jail sentence. She didn’t have a earlier prison file.
The crash occurred on June 26 within the Finistère space of Brittany, in western France, lower than 30 miles from the end line within the first of the race’s 21 phases.
The lady, who wore a shiny yellow jacket, was dealing with tv cameras and holding a bit of cardboard bearing an affectionate message for her grandparents — longtime followers of the Tour who have been watching from Paris — when a German rider, Tony Martin, hit the signal.
Mr. Martin fell to the bottom, setting off a cascade of collisions in the course of the principle cluster of cyclists zooming by. A number of injured riders have been pressured to drop out of the competitors.
Video of the pileup rapidly went viral, focusing intense media scrutiny on the girl, who left the scene earlier than the police may attain her. Prosecutors opened an investigation, and the girl turned herself in 4 days later.
Crashes brought on by reckless spectators or automobiles are not uncommon during professional cycling competitions, by which hundreds of cheering followers line roads proper subsequent to the cyclists.
In the course of the 2016 Tour, spectators who blocked a tv motorbike created such chaos that the holder of the race chief’s yellow jersey needed to briefly head up a mountain cross on foot to attempt to keep his lead.