France — The Tour de France has withdrawn the proceedings against the spectators who caused a large pile in the first stages of the race in Brittany’s northwestern France region, but French police continue to investigate the case.
Local prosecutor Camille Miansoni said at a press conference Thursday that the investigation was still underway as a second complaint remained.
He also said that people injured in the accident could also file proceedings later.
A 30-year-old French woman was arrested and detained on Wednesday after appearing at a police station in Brittany.
She has been accused of injuring herself and endangering the lives of others, and faces imprisonment of up to one to two years, depending on the severity of the injury.
The audience was holding a cardboard sign and looking away from the cyclist with a video camera as they passed by. German Tony Martin was tumbled when he got on the sign straight, and many other riders also fell to the ground.
Miansoni said the woman had no police or judicial records and expressed fear and shame after she said “stupid.”
Police also demanded that spectators not be lynched on social networks.
“We have withdrawn our complaints. This story has been disproportionately blown away, but we want to remind everyone of the safety rules of the race,” tour director Christian Prudhomme told Reuters. ..
“When you come on tour, hug your kids, hug your pets, don’t cross the road carelessly. And above all, you respect the riders. They’re the right people for live TV.”
On Tuesday, the Tour de France rider stopped the race for about a minute and entered the fourth stage in a quiet protest against safer race conditions after multiple crashes.