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​Fan Causes Huge Pile-Up In One Of Worst Tour De France Crashes Ever Seen

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​Fan Causes Huge Pile-Up In One Of Worst Tour De France Crashes Ever Seen

A spectator at the Tour de France inadvertently brought the race to a standstill after causing one of the worst crashes fans have ever seen.

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German cyclist Tony Martin collided with the spectator stationed at the side of the road, which triggered a domino effect as other athletes came tumbling down around him.

Aerial footage of the incident was shared on social media, including by one user called @cyclingreporter, who wrote: "The worst Tour de France crash I've ever seen."

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A clip filmed from a closer angle showed what happened in more detail, having captured how a spectator on the side of the road had prompted the terrifying pile-up, having stepped onto the road to try and get on camera.

The anonymous cycling fan, who was wearing a bright yellow coat, can be seen holding a large cardboard sign that said 'ALLEZ OPI-OMI!', which translates as 'Go Grandpa and Grandma!'.

They held it out and looked upwards, presumably in an attempt to get seen by the race's aerial camera - seemingly completely oblivious to the fast-approaching action behind them.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
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As the competitors came whizzing towards them, Martin's path was obstructed and he had no choice but to crash into the fan, before the cyclist to his left came crashing down onto him.

Many others ground to a halt, briefly stopping the race as those caught up in the accident tried to gather themselves.

According to the Guardian, Slovenian superstar Primoz Roglic also went down 'heavily' in the incident, along with the 'whole Jumbo Visma team' and others including Italian Sonny Colbrelli and eventual stage one winner, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe.

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Only a few riders were able to avoid the crash, including Dutch cyclist Ide Schelling.

Teams later took to Twitter to ask fans to avoid obstructing the route.

A later update from the Guardian said Martin stopped to get a new bike, and thankfully looked okay - although had 'blood on his arms'.

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However, German rider Jasha Sütterlin ended up having to abandon the race after being involved in the crash.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Cycling

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