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Tour de France: Peloton forced to swerve around person standing on the Champs-Élysées

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The peloton along the Champs Elysees

The peloton along the Champs Elysees (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton pass the Eiffel Tower

The peloton pass the Eiffel Tower (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Field reaches the Eiffel Tower on stage 21 of the Tour de France

Field reaches the Eiffel Tower on stage 21 of the Tour de France
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The peloton negotiates slick roads in Paris

The peloton negotiates slick roads in Paris (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

As the peloton raced along the finishing circuits of the finale stage 21 at the Tour de France on Sunday, riders were forced to swerve to avoid a person standing in the centre of the road wearing what looked to be a large white cape while flapping their arms.

Stage winner, André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who saw the spectator during the race said, “I was worried the whole day that something was going to happen. We saw a lot of police on the parcours and I hope nobody was involved in the crash. It’s sad to see something like that in one of the biggest sporting events in the world.”

It was the second incident through out the day that put riders’ and the public’s safety at risk, after a car tried to break through the barriers on the Champs-Élysées ahead of the women’s La Course.

At 8 a.m. local time, the car hit another car and then tried to drive through the security barriers of the race course, reported RTL. French police opened fire on the car, however, it drove away. No one was injured.

Protestor on the course - how did he get there! pic.twitter.com/VtsDEjetwT