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by Mark Zalewski
July 5, 2016
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A young girl was struck by a publicity caravan vehicle during the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday.
The Publicity Caravan has been around since 1930. Every day of the Tour, approximately 250 vehicles parade an hour ahead of the race as spectators wait for the peloton. The caravan has a bit of everything: dance, music, skits, and above all promotional objects (hats, key chains, pens, candy, water bottles, etc).
According to race organizer ASO the girl was taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening facial injury.
The accident happened 70km into the 223.5km stage from Granville in Normandy to Angers.
The young spectator was hit while crossing the road in front of a vehicle, a police source told AFP.
The infamous publicity, or commercial, caravan drives along the parcours around two hours before the peloton heads out, handing out sponsor promotional items to fans watching along the roadside.
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