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Did a superfan’s selfie cause the crash? Inside the Tour de France standings

Have you ever seen a simple selfie trigger a major disaster? The adrenaline-pumping, wheel-whirling world of Tour de France experienced a startling disruption recently as a fan’s quest for the perfect selfie led to an unprecedented pile-up of riders. Let’s see whether or not was to blame for the standings that day, and how the standings fare now.

Triggering Trouble

While selfies often serve as beloved mementos of unforgettable moments, they don’t always end on a cheerful note. Stage 15 of the renowned Tour de France saw a fan stretch out an arm to snap a quick photo, only to accidentally collide with the oncoming Jumbo-Visma rider, Sepp Kuss. The unforeseen incident resulted in Kuss taking a dramatic fall, sparking a chain reaction that sent other riders sprawling to the ground.

The other cyclists caught up in the accident included known names like Biniam Girmay from Intermarche-Circus-Wanty, Kevin Vermaerke from Team dsm-firmenich, and Egan Bernal from Ineos Grenadiers. All renowned racers in their own right, their abrupt fall shocked both spectators and fellow riders.

From what we’ve seen, this isn’t the first instance of fans causing a stir at the Tour de France. Just two days prior, a similar crash at stage 14 saw Antonio Pedrero, Esteban Chaves, Louis Meintjes, and Ruben Guerreiro all abandoning the race. The question that arises – do the fans sometimes get too caught up in the thrill of the moment?

In 2021, a well-intentioned spectator held up a sign to her grandparents during the race, only to inadvertently cause another disastrous pile-up. The French woman had to face a hefty fine of a thousand pounds. This sets a crucial precedent of consequences when spectators affect the race.

A Plea for Safety

The most recent selfie mishap prompted Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard to make a heartfelt appeal to the spectators. Urging fans to enjoy the race without endangering the riders, Vingegaard pointed out that the thrill of the race can be appreciated without physical intrusion. He also humorously requested fans to avoid ‘pouring beers on us’.

Other teams have echoed Vingegaard’s sentiments. The Cofidis team reminded spectators to be careful, stating that the race remains a joyous event for riders and fans alike when everyone acts responsibly. Ineos Grenadiers team also chimed in, simply stating, ‘Please give the riders room to race.’

While cheering fans along the race route add a unique charm to the Tour de France, incidents like these highlight a line that needs to be drawn. When a selfie can lead to a significant crash, it’s a clear reminder that safety measures need to be taken seriously, both by riders and spectators.

New rules

Moreover, the recent chain of events poses an important question. Are we letting our excitement overshadow the necessary respect and safety for the athletes? And ultimately, are we doing more harm than good with our attempts to capture the perfect moment? 

Can we find a way to balance the thrill of the event with the safety of its participants? The answers to these questions may shape the future of not only the Tour de France but also other spectator sports around the world.

So, as the wheels keep turning and the riders keep racing, what changes will we see? Will the standings change to reflect the snafu for good? Will the allure of a perfect selfie continue to cause commotion or will fans take a step back to ensure the safety of their favorite riders? It’s all a part of the unpredictable, exhilarating journey that is the Tour de France.


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