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A fugitive cycling fan who caused a mass crash of Tour de France riders with a hand-written sign has been arrested by police five days after the pileup, a source close to the investigation said on Wednesday. The unidentified woman, caught on TV cameras holding her cardboard sign in a yellow rain coat, sparked a debate about safety and spectator conduct after the accident on Saturday that left dozens of riders nursing bruises.
“The woman has been formally identified and she was taken into custody a few minutes ago,” a source told AFP after the state prosecutor for the city of Brest, Camille Miansoni, confirmed that “a suspect is in custody”.
The accident on the first stage of the race occurred between Brest and Landerneau in northwestern Britanny when the woman, facing away from the riders and towards the cameras, held up the sign which read “Allez Opi-Omi”, which translates as “Go, grandpa and granny”.
Positioned on the edge of a group of tightly packed riders, German cyclist Tony Martin hit the sign and fell, bringing down dozens of others who were following behind him. The pileup delayed the stage for five minutes while bikes and bodies were untangled.
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After two days on his first Tour de France, Mathieu van der Poel has added a stage victory and the famous leader’s yellow jersey to an impressive collection of triumphs on mountain bikes and in one-day classics. Here are three things to know about a rising star.
Van der Poel’s father is Dutch, his mother is French and he was born in Belgium. He inherited cycling genes from both parents. His mother is the daughter of Raymond Poulidor, one of France’s best loved cyclists. Dad Adrie won cyclocross and mountain biking titles as well as Tour de France stages and one-day road classics. Like his father, Mathieu first made a name for himself in cyclocross. He is targeting a mountain-bike gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Mathieu followed his older brother David into teams run by Philip Roodhooft who runs the Belgian Alpecin-Fenix team.
“When I was 18, I was spotted by Philip Roodhooft,” David, who is 29 years to Mathieu’s 26, recently told AFP.
“They offered me a chance to ride for them as a prospect. Mathieu joined me two years later.”
The younger van der Poel accumulated a string of cyclo-cross and junior road race titles, but became a star in the Netherlands after his first major road victory, the Dutch Amstel Gold Race in 2019.
Following the massive stage 1 crash at the Tour de France, a determined Jumbo-Visma mechanic sprinted all the way up from car # 23 with a spare bike for team leader Primoz Roglic…only to find that he had had already departed the scene on a teammate’s bikes – which he would go on to finish the race on.
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Team Ineos leader Geraint Thomas dislocated his right shoulder in a hard crash on the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday, kicking his legs out in pain as doctors put it back in before gingerly retaking his saddle to resume racing. Welshman Thomas was at first left to his own fate by teammates clearly fearful he would have to pull out. He was trailing the main pack by three minutes when he set off again before fellow Welshman Luke Rowe dropped back in an attempt to help Thomas reel in the peloton.
As we head into the 2021 edition of the Tour de France we also get a new Pinarello Dogma for the iconic race. The new offering is the F and has no numeric labeling. Many will rejoice that Pinarello still remains one of the few brands that has held onto the rim brake and released both a disc and rim brake version.
A few highlights over the F12 is the frame is 11% lighter. Close attention has been paid to the seat post, headset, fork, and the Talon cockpit, resulting in a saving of 265 grams compared to the DOGMA F12, while also being 12% stiffer around the bottom bracket. Improved aerodynamics providing significant watt savings. Further evidence of that devotion to performance can be seen in the updated ONDA fork, which was designed from scratch twice so that both rim brake and disc brake models could be as fast as possible.
The 6th Edition of Eroica California will be back in Cambria on the 18th and 19th of September 2021. Under the warm Central Coast sunshine, the team has been building new and nurturing old relationships with our surrounding communities to ensure Eroica California 2021 will be the best edition yet.
We are now open registration at $150, so register now for the best-value Coastal California Eroica Experience. The crashing waves and ocean breeze off the Cambria coast are cooling things off as we ride into the fall season. We wish you all happy and safe riding!