Rider's Father Arrested As Barriers On Road Knock Down Rivals

Rider's father arrested as barriers on road knock down rivals

LE PORT, France,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -5th Sep,2016) : The father of a competitor taking part in the Tour Cycliste Antenne Reunion will appear in court on Monday for allegedly putting barriers on the road to deliberately knock down participants in the race.

A young spectator and several riders were injured in several incidents which provoked drama and chaos on Sunday's first stage of the race on the French island in the Indian Ocean. As the peloton arrived in the northwestern commune of Le Port, rivals Enzo Bernard and Jonathan Boyer were sprinting shoulder to shoulder when both fell badly after hitting a security barrier.

Both riders were slightly injured while a child watching on the sidelines had the top of their thumb severed, organisers confirmed.

Boyer's father demanded that the race be stopped and when organisers refused he allegedly threw two barriers onto the road.

"(He) was not under the influence of alcohol at the time and is not known to police. He seemed to have been overcome by a fit of rage," a police source said. The leading peloton could not avoid the obstacles and six riders fell, with a South African competitor suffering broken ribs.

In the end organisers decided not to count the times. Bernard was disqualified and fined 130 Euros from provoking "the very serious fall of Jonathan Boyer" and the child's injury. Jonathan Boyer remained in hospital on Monday suffering from concussion and broken ribs.