Video: Marcel Kittel teams up with ASO to give Tour de France fans safety advice
Giant-Shimano sprinter says: “Please respect the riders, protect yourself and especially your children.”
Giant-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel has teamed up with Tour de France organisers ASO for a video aimed at ensuring the safety of spectators and riders alike during next month’s Tour de France.
The video includes footage of riders crashing into a dog, over-enthusiastic fans getting in the way of cyclists, and a small child almost getting run over by a motorbike.
“Thanks for coming to the Tour to support us,” says Kittel. “Please respect the riders, protect yourself and especially your children.”
The video is released just days after a fan at the Giro d’Italia cost Bardiani-CSF rider Francesco Bongiorno the chance to fight for a stage win on the Zoncolan.
The man, wearing a world champion’s rainbow jersey, gave the rider what was intended to be a helpful push, but instead caused Bongiorno’s bike to touch wheels with that of eventual stage winner Michael Rogers of Tinkoff-Saxo.
Bongiorno had to unclip to avoid falling off and lost all his momentum, while Rogers rode away to the stage win.