A cycling fan who caused aof the Tour de France on Saturday handed herself in to police in Brittany this week, but was to avoid prosecution as the Tour organizers decided not to press charges.
The woman leaned out into the road in front of the lead pack, holding up a homemade banner for the TV cameras and not looking out for the riders.
German competitor Tony Martin rode right into the banner and was knocked over. He fell sideways, toppling the rider beside him and setting off a domino effect that left most of the pack on the ground or at a standstill behind them.
At least 21 cyclists were injured, including four-time champion Chris Froome of Britain.
Police did not name the woman, who was in custody on Wednesday. However, local media said she was a 30-year-old Frenchwoman. At first it was thought she was German because her homemade banner was a mix of French and German: “Allez opi omi” or “Go grandpa, grandma.”
The woman fled the scene but police were actively looking for her and appealed to the public for information about her identity after the Tour organizers, ASO, said they would bring a lawsuit against her. On Thursday, however the ASO said it no longer wanted to press charges, in a bid to calm the situation – but they reminded fans to keep away from the riders.
She could have faced a $1,770 fine if found guilty on the charge of involuntarily causing injury through reckless behavior.