The Tour de Beauce is a Canadian stage race on right now. Yesterday’s stage finished in Thetford-Mines and as the sprint wound up… someone decided to cross the road. The race entourage, the crash barriers, the speaker over the PA system, the attendant crowds, it was as if none of it was there.
CanadianCyclist.com captures the moment.
The woman in question apparently needed to cross the road to get to her hairdresser but didn’t seem to worry about the galloping bunch coming up the road at 60km/h.
Note the police on the left of the image, hands on head and shouting out. Fortunately nobody was injured and the stage was won by Australia’s David Tanner, of the Fly V Australia team.
Too see just how close the incident was, how fast the bunch was moving and to hear the screams and even the warnings from the race speaker, see the film footage here:
Fast forward to 4.15 for the sprint.