Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tour de France Banner Collapse

The 1 kilometer to go banner collapsed during Stage 7
There was a problem at the finish of Stage 7 in the Tour de France on Friday. The inflatable banner that marked one kilometer to the finish line collapsed, blocking the route. An air compressor is supposed to keep it pressurized and rigid. A spectator's belt got caught on a power cable and disconnected its supply of electricity. When it fell, it crashed onto the head of British rider Adam Yates of the Orica-BikeExchange team. He was cut on the chin and had to get a few stitches, but was otherwise okay. There were no other injuries.

Adam Yates after the banner collapsed on top of him

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