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Vincenzo Nibali to meet French prosecutors over Tour de France crash

Italian fractured a vertebra when a fan's camera strap caused him to crash on Alpe d'Huez...

Vincenzo Nibali is to meet with prosecutors in France regarding the crash which ended his participation in this year’s Tour de France, according to press reports in Italy.

Initially it had been thought that the Bahrain-Merida rider’s crash fall had been caused by a police motorbike during the Stage 12 ascent of Alpe d’Huez.

But video footage subsequently emerged that showed a spectator’s camera strap becoming entangled in the Bahrain-Merida rider’s handlebars, causing him to hit the deck.

Nibali remounted and finished seventh on the stage – won by eventual overall champion Geraint Thomas of Team Sky – and in fourth place on the general classification.

However, it was discovered after the stage that the 2014 Tour de France winner had fractured a vertebra and he was forced to abandon the race.

The injury put paid to Nibali’s two main objectives for the season, the Tour de France and the world championships, which he rode but not at full fitness.

Last Saturday, he finished a season in which he won the opening Monument, Milan-San Remo, with second place in the fifth and final one, Il Lombardia.

Nibali and his lawyer Fausto Malucchi formally reported the unidentified spectator to the French authorities and next month the 33-year-old is due to travel to Grenoble to be heard as the injured party.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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janusz0 | 5 years ago
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Let's hope that this dreadful piece of (probably unintentional) sabotage will turn the tide against spectator insanity, or at least force the organisers to institute some effective crowd management.

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