Man watching event on Reunion was unhappy it hadn't been stopped after earlier crash involving his son...

A spectator at a bike race on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean deliberately pulled down barriers to cause a crash - reportedly because he was upset that the event had not been stopped following an earlier crash in which his son had been involved.

Video of the incident at today's Stage 1 of the Tour Cycliste Antenne Reunion in the French overseas department was shared on Twitter by local journalist Antoine Forestier.

He also tweeted a copy of a communique from race organisers who confirmed that the spectator, Jean-Bernard Boyer, a member of the Sainte-Marie Velo Club, had been fined 300 euro as a result of his actions, which they described as a "particularly serious event."

It happened as a breakaway group of 10 cyclists sprinted for the line with Mr Boyer, according to organisers, "deliberately pulled several barriers in front of these riders."

They continued: "This caused the fall of six riders, with the other four managing to avoid the barriers to reach the finish line, while the other riders were not able to reach the finish line after being diverted to the team parking." The stage was neutralised, with no classification produced.

Enzo Bernard of Happy Bikes, held responsible for the earlier "very serious crash" which had put Mr Boyer's son Jonathan out of the race as well as injuring a child watching the event, was expelled from the race and fined 130 euro.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.