Fans are always getting in on the action.
During the 15th stage of the Tour de France, a fan approximately 30 miles into the race caused a significant incident when attempting to capture a selfie.
The mishap led to the collision and subsequent fall of more than 15 riders, triggered by the fan’s contact with American cyclist Sepp Kuss.
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Thankfully, there were no major injuries resulting from this chaos.
Kuss shared his experience with Cycling News, mentioning the sudden appearance of a spectator leaning into the road.
“There was a spectator leaning into the road, I guess. It just happened suddenly, and that’s part of the Tour, there are a lot of people. Ideally, that wouldn’t happen, but it’s the biggest bike race in the world and a lot of people don’t know exactly what’s going on.”
Kuss added, “unfortunately, somebody wanted to get a selfie. I didn’t really see it coming.”
“I’d like to tell the spectators to enjoy the race and be there to cheer for us without standing on the road or pouring beers on us,” current overall race leader Jonas Vingegaard told reporters.
He acknowledged that such incidents are unfortunate but not uncommon due to the massive crowd that gathers for the world’s largest cycling race, where not everyone is fully aware of the ongoing events.