Tour de Selfie: Fans warned to stop jumping in front of cyclists for selfies

"Nearly died talking #TDFselfie"

Tour de France competitors have warned of the potential risks to spectators who choose to stand in the road with their backs to the speeding cyclists - all for the sake of a quick selfie.

Many Twitter users have come under fire for posting #TDFselfies. Selfie lover @zodoyle has received the majority of the criticism for posting her picture and saying she "nearly died talking #TDFselfie".

She has since claimed the photo made her look nearer than she actually was and that she was not in danger.

"I was NOT in the way. The road was open. I just look close and 'nearly died' was an exaggeration."

She's lucky she didn't come across one cyclist who repeatedly slapped phones and cameras from onlookers'hands if they were blocking his way.

A number of high profile cyclists have spoken out against the selfie craze which they claim puts lives at risk.

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas says selfies are “the new pain in the arse.”

“The worst thing is when people have got their back to the peloton taking selfies. There were a few. They don’t see us coming, they’re stood in the road and it’s dodgy. If you want to do that, stand on a wall or something.

“I think people need to realise we take up the whole road. If you want to go and do that, go and sit in a tree. There’s not much racing on British roads and people don’t understand how fast we’re going and how close we get.

“There have been too many accidents with riders hitting spectators, we don’t want to see that but it could easily happen.”

BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen Tweeted: “Standing I the middle of the road with you back turned while 200 cyclists come at you, just to take a selfie. #think.”

He described the phenomenon as "a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity."

“That being said, I love the crowds and thank you for your support. But please give us room.”

Yesterday, Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara pleaded to fans to stay off the road.

“Huge crowds are amazing for us bike riders but let’s try to keep it safe for everyone and make more space.”

“To all media, send out the message the fans should stand 1 meter back on the road when we pass with 50km/h. #dangerous.”

Police have also warned spectators to be careful, following images of crowds getting extremely close to riders on some of the climbs.

Yesterday, a teenage boy had to be airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries after he fell from the roadside in Ilkley into the path of a Tour team vehicle that was following behind the race.

Officers said it appears to have been an “unfortunate accident”.


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