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Prison sentence given to father of rider who deliberately caused others to crash

by Shane Stokes

Thirteen months after deliberately causing a crash at the Tour Cycliste Antenne Reunion by pulling crowd-control barriers into the path of riders, Bernard Boyer has been given a ten-month prison sentence. He is the father of French rider Jonathan Boyer, who was competing in the race on the French island of La Reunion but crashed.

At the time, social media posts from a journalist at the race stated that Boyer senior was upset that the race wasn’t stopped after his son crashed. The website Zinfos974 also explained that he and another competitor Bernard Enzo (Entente Happy Bikes) had fallen several laps earlier.

Six riders hit the ground as a result of Boyer’s actions. Four managed to avoid the barriers and reached the finish line, while all the others were diverted into the team parking area. The stage was cancelled as a result.

According to an official race communiqué at the time of the incident, Boyer ‘was penalised a fine of €300 (€150 x 2) for particularly dangerous behaviour and acts.’ Local police also arrested him. Speaking to the Journal de l’Île recently, Boyer tried to justify his actions. He said that he saw his son with blood coming from his mouth and nose and said that he considered it dangerous that the riders were sprinting in the same area where he was being taken care of.

He claimed that he wanted to protect him from danger and pulled the barriers into the path of the riders to try to divert them. He was given ten days to appeal the prison sentence.

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