Race organizers have threatened legal action over Saturday’s incident and French police quickly opened an investigation, launching a search for the culprit.After a call for witnesses, the person was identified, found, and is now in custody in Landerneau, according to RTL.
The person is accused of causing unintentional injury and faces a fine of 1,500 euros.
The incident occurred with approximately 45 km remaining on the stage 1 route from Brest to Landerneau, where the spectator in question was standing on the right side of the road and holding a sign saying “Go Opi -Omi ”(a German term of affection for grandparents).
The spectator had their backs to the peloton and the panel protruded onto the road at the handlebars, causing Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) to collide, causing an accident that shook the peloton and brought a bunch of riders to the ground.
Jasha Sütterlin (Team DSM) was taken to hospital with an injured hand, while Marc Soler (Movistar) completed the stage but retired the next morning after fractures in both arms were revealed. Eight other runners were seen by the race doctor and many more suffered minor injuries.
The race organizers then threatened to prosecute the culprit, with deputy director Pierre-Yves Thouault declaring: “We are doing this so that the tiny minority of people who do this do not ruin the show for everyone. “
On Monday, the Finistère police prefecture opened a judicial investigation and launched a call for witnesses in a Facebook post. Now that they have found the person in question, the charges can be brought to a level.
According to The team, a charge of unintentional injury caused by carelessness would result in a fine of 1,500 euros, provided that the injuries suffered by those concerned do not result in more than three months of incapacity.
However, the consequences could be more serious if individual runners choose to take action. Soler has previously hinted that he might seek to pursue the viewer.