Tour de France riders STOP racing during stage four in protest

Tour de France riders STOP racing for one minute during stage four in protest about their safety after a SPECTATOR caused France’s worst-ever crash

  • Horror pile-up was caused by a spectator during Saturday’s Tour de France race
  • A fan caused a huge crash when she held up a placard and knocked a rider off
  • Tour de France riders came together to protest about their safety on stage four
  • Riders stopped racing for one minute after Andre Greipel convinced them

Riders at the Tour de France began stage four with a protest after crashes marred the finish to Monday’s stage into Pontivy.

Shortly after the neutralised roll out from Redon, the peloton stopped shortly after kilometre zero of the 150.4km stage to Fougeres, standing stationary for a minute before beginning a go-slow.

Riders were unhappy that requests for time gaps to be taken earlier on Monday’s stage were ignored by organisers, saying a series of crashes were the result of heightened tension in the peloton.

Tour de France riders came to a standstill during stage four in protest about their safety

Andre Greipel (front centre in white) was having a heated discussion with his fellow riders to convince them to join him in making the statement

However, not all riders appeared to be in agreement with the protest as they debated issues on the road.

Speaking before the stage, Ineos Grenadiers road captain Luke Rowe said: ‘It’s a tough one. We’re here to focus on the race, and is anything going to change from yesterday to today? No.

‘However in my opinion the final 18km yesterday on those roads, for the final of a Tour de France stage, it was too much.

‘All these crashes because of rider error and people wanting to be at the front but people want to be at the front because of those roads. What comes first? The chicken or the egg?

A roadside spectator caused a massive crash in the Tour de France on Saturday with a banner 

‘Those roads weren’t fit for purpose for the final of a Tour de France stage and they were the main reason for the crashes.’

Rowe’s team-mate Geraint Thomas was caught in another crash long before the finale, suffering a dislocated shoulder but remaining in the race after receiving treatment on the road.

‘He’s actually pretty good,’ Rowe said of his fellow Welshman. ‘At the very first moment when I stopped with him down, he told me to go. I said I would wait but he said go and I thought that was it.

‘He’s ridden the Tour with a broken pelvis (in 2013). He knows what it is to have a bit of a road rash. I think he’ll be alright.’

Tony Martin had nowhere to go when the supporter stepped out, looking at the TV cameras

The massive accident caused a massive blockage and saw more than 20 riders hit the deck 

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