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This is what will happen to many of your hare-brained ideas about MORE OPEN Olympic events.  But then this happened on the Tour de France no less -- so we shouldn't have to warn you . . . 

Sign-bearer who caused Tour de France pile-up is latest in line of damaging fans (insidethegames.biz) 



The 30-year-old woman who caused a crash at this year’s Tour de France that left many riders seriously hurt is now facing a four-month suspended sentence, with a verdict due to be delivered on December 9.

The incident occurred when she stepped into the road during the opening stage holding a large cardboard sign with the words "Allez Opi-Omi!", meaning "Go grandpa-grandma", aimed at the television cameras as she stood with her back to the oncoming cyclists.

Germany’s Tony Martin was the first rider to fall, triggering a pile-up which left Spain’s Marc Soler with two broken arms and others with major injuries. At the time, Brian Cookson, the former International Cycling Union President, described the incident as "possibly the most stupid thing I have ever seen anyone do at a bike race".

The spectator, who fled the scene, was traced and charged with endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries. According to reports, the woman said in court that she felt "ashamed" by her actions and had made a mistake.

It would be good to think that such a calamitously foolish action would never be repeated. But you wouldn’t bet against it. Some time, somewhere, someone else watching a top-class sporting event will do something equally dumb.

Or maybe something worse. And knowingly. 


For this high-profile case is merely the latest manifestation of something that has been a part of sporting events ever since they began – the influencing power of the spectator.

The spectator can ennoble an event, can generate emotions that make it reverberate with profound significance. The spectator adds noise, life, passion – a truth we have never seen more clearly than in the past 18 months of lockdown, where crowds have been subtracted from the equation.

The traditional role of the spectator is to support specific individuals or teams within a contest. Countless tributes have been made to the inspirational power of this largely vocal support.

Of course, this can work both ways, as – to remain within the realm of two wheels – France’s Julian Alaphilippe testified after retaining his men’s road race world title in Flanders last month.

See the actual article, for more . . . 

Don't put guards in the Olympic Village!  Don't charge for tickets!  Dispense with ALL SECURITY! 

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