From their rivals to the use of their energy, Tour de France riders have a lot to worry about on the streets.
So when a hobbyist invaded the roads, it had predictably disastrous effects.
During the first stage of the famous cycling race, a person stood in front of the group of cyclists with a cardboard sign, which appeared to show a message for television cameras.
Without enough time to get off the road, German cyclist Tony Martin collided with the fan, causing a ripple effect that involved a large number of competitors.
The accident led to Team DSM’s Jasha Sütterlin being forced to withdraw from the competition due to injury.
2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins said he did not sympathize with the person involved.
The accident greatly affected the race, and it took almost 25 kilometers for the peloton to fully regroup.
It was the first of two major accidents during the stage. The second 5 miles from the end involved four-time champion Chris Froome and many others.
Julian Alaphilippe launched a surprising race at the last minute to win the first stage by taking the first yellow jersey of the Tour.