Video: Tour de France Stage 1 Marred by Huge Crash Caused by Spectator's Sign

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German Tony Martin, center, rides with the pack during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197.8 kilometers (122.9 miles) with start in Brest and finish in Landerneau, France, Saturday, June 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
AP Photo/Daniel Cole

An overzealous fan caused much of the field to crash during the first stage of the 2021 Tour de France on Saturday.

Daniel McMahon of Insider provided an overhead look at the chaos, which marred the world's most famous bike race:

daniel @cyclingreporter

The worst Tour de France crash I've ever seen <a href="https://t.co/1jngQE1pYg">pic.twitter.com/1jngQE1pYg</a>

Julien Lamoureux of Noovo Info tweeted a different angle of the wreck, which showed a fan who stuck their sign into the road was responsible for the domino effect that followed:

Julien Lamoureux @julienlamoureux

Première étape du Tour de France, premier crash, premier partisan à blâmer <a href="https://t.co/6i3yhBtwv7">pic.twitter.com/6i3yhBtwv7</a>

Per TMZ Sports, former cyclist Sean Kelly, who won the Tour de France points classification four times, provided the following analysis regarding the crash:

"The guys at the front went through a very tight section between the islands in the middle of the road and it was a dangerous one for those further back in the peloton. This is Brittany—you have a lot of road furniture and small villages. It is very technical for the first stage of the Tour de France."

After the crash occurred, the race's official Twitter account posted about the importance of fans not getting in the way of cyclists:

Tour de France™ @LeTour

⚠ We're glad to have the public on the side of the road on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2021?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TDF2021</a>.<br><br>But for the Tour to be a success, respect the safety of the riders!<br><br>Don't risk everything for a photo or to get on television! <a href="https://t.co/eA6nnhRhWv">pic.twitter.com/eA6nnhRhWv</a>

Despite the disarray caused by the pileup, Stage 1 of the 108th edition of the Tour continued as scheduled. 

French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe won, landing the yellow jersey to signify his status as the race leader.


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