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By VeloNews Interactive
Four people were taken to hospital in Colmar, France Saturday, with one reported to be in a serious condition, after a spectator drove his car into security barriers at the finish line of the Tour de France seventh stage.
One woman bystander is in a serious condition after being thrown into the air when struck by the car and is receiving treatment for severe head and leg injuries.
Three others – two policemen and a Tour official – were also hospitalised with minor injuries, according to Patrice Clerc, president of the Tour’s parent company AOS.
“We’ll tell you what we know, which is not very much for the moment. A man, who did not have accreditation, tried to force his way through the barriers at the finish line to see the stage winner,” said Clerc.
“After being forced away he returned at the wheel of a car and forced his way through the barriers, driving it into the four people. “It’s a miracle that only four people were injured by this madman,” added Clerc.
The incident marred the jubilant home celebrations which followed French rider Laurent Jalabert winning his second stage on Bastille Day, the French national holiday.