Rider’s father fined and arrested after deliberately causing race crash

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The father of a competitor in the Tour Cycliste Antenne Reunion has been fined 300 euros and arrested by police after a brutal interference in the finish of stage one of the race.

TV footage from the stage shows Jean-Bernard Boyer, the father of French rider Jonathan Boyer, pulling the crowd control barrier across the path of the riders just as the final sprint was playing out. At least two riders fell heavily, with others also falling.

The stage result was cancelled as a result of the chaos.

The race is taking place on the French island of La Reunion, which is situated in the Indian Ocean.

According to an official race communiqué, Boyer ‘was penalised a fine of €300 (€150 x 2) for particularly dangerous behaviour and acts.’

The statement said that the Sainte-Marie Velo Club member ‘willingly pulled several barriers in front of the riders. This caused a crash of six riders, with four others able to avoid the barriers and reach the finish line. All the other riders were not able to reach the line before being diverted into the team parking area.

‘In view of the exceptionally serious and anti-sporting case and the impossibility of classifying the riders, the race jury decided with the race director to cancel the first stage.’

According to social media posts from a journalist at the race, the rider’s father was upset that the race wasn’t stopped after his son crashed.

This was also stated by the website Zinfos974, which explained that he and another competitor Bernard Enzo (Entente Happy Bikes) had fallen in the same area several laps earlier.

It said that a ten-year-old spectator behind the barriers was injured in that earlier crash and that their thumb was severed.

The race communiqué stated that Jean-Bernard Boyer’s son was one of four non-finishers. It is unclear if any of the other three were involved in the crash caused by Boyer senior.

Unsurprisingly the local police have become involved. Zinfos974 reports that Boyer was arrested as a result of his actions.

The 300 euro fine he was given was handed down by the race organisation and is separate to any possible criminal or legal penalty.