A spectator making an attempt to take a selfie induced a crash on stage 15 of the Tour de France with about 20 riders coming off their bikes.
With about 125km remaining Crew Jumbo-Visma rider Sepp Kuss had his handlebars knocked by a supporter who was holding out a cellphone.
Kuss swerved into team-mate Nathan van Hooydonck who fell off his bike, inflicting a crash behind him.
Saturday’s stage 14 noticed six riders abandon after crashes.
All of the riders who fell in Sunday’s crash on the 179km stage from Les Will get les Portes du Soleil to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc had been capable of proceed, together with 2019 champion Egan Bernal.
Basic classification chief Jonas Vingegaard and second-placed Tadej Pogacar had been unaffected.
‘Please take note of the riders’
Shortly after the incident, the official Tour de France Twitter account posted a slow-motion video of a rider ducking under a spectator’s outstretched arm with the message: “Please take note of the riders.”
Crew Jumbo-Visma tweeted: “Please be all the time conscious when watching biking together with the street.”
Crew Confidis additionally tweeted: “Please watch out. In order that the celebration stays a celebration for the runners but additionally for you. You do not want a cellphone to create mind-blowing reminiscences.”
Crew Jayco AlUla shared the next message on Twitter: “It seems to be just like the crash was attributable to a fan. Please respect the riders and provides them area!”
INEOS Grenadiers echoed these ideas, posting: “If you’re spectating at this superb occasion, please give the riders room to race.”
Evaluation – we have seen this earlier than
Matt Warwick, BBC Sport
This isn’t the primary time a spectator has induced such a crash.
Following 2021’s ‘Omi & Opi’ scandal, during which a younger girl caused a huge pile-up on stage one of the Tour holding up a message in German to her grandparents, riders have been extra cautious of followers eager to get near the motion.
Biking’s world governing physique the UCI introduced a range of measures under the SafeR banner simply earlier than this race, which contains higher assessments of high-speed descents following the dying of Gino Mader final month, and extra administration of crowds.
On the prime of the Col de Joux Aircraft climb on Saturday, Pogacar was held up by motorbikes and penned in by crowds standing inches from their heroes.
Throughout a season, the record of rider casualties is just too lengthy, however street biking is a singular sport, rising in recognition, which trades on the volatility of competing out within the open.
One of many race’s worst crashes occurred within the 2021 Tour de France, when a Frenchwoman clipped German rider Tony Martin on the primary stage.
She was ordered to pay a symbolic one euro high quality, and after receiving a barrage of abuse her id was withheld.
Two riders needed to pull out of the Tour completely, whereas an extra eight had been handled for accidents.
Spain’s Marc Soler broke each arms within the crash.
The girl turned herself in to police custody and went to court docket over the incident, main Tour director Christian Prudhomme to problem an announcement.
“She did one thing daft, she’s no terrorist,” he mentioned. “We simply need individuals to take care after they come to the Tour and keep in mind they’re there to see the champions – and to not get on tv.”