There is a new obstacle cyclists must overcome at the 2014 Tour de France — selfie-obsessed fans jumping onto the route.
Tour de France officials, as well as cyclists, are sending warnings on Twitter after an accident occurred because of a selfie.
American cyclist Tejay van Garderen called the trend a “dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity’’ on his Twitter account yesterday. He also tweeted the following, with the hashtag “#think’’:
The Tour de France issued Twitter warnings of its own, along with a photo of an accident involving a selfie-seeking tourist and a cyclist:
SPOTTED: this is what happens when you risk everything for a photo. Respect the riders! / Respectez les coureurs ! pic.twitter.com/SG4YVgWN0X— Le Tour de France (@letour) July 7, 2014
A woman named Zoe, whose selfie was featured in an nbcsports.com story , has since received a lot of flak. Here is that selfie:
Dear all #TDFselfie haters, I was NOT in the way. The road was open. I just look close and 'nearly died' was an exaggeration. mwah— zoe (@zodoyle) July 7, 2014
What do you think? Was she too close to the action?