Normally the Tour de France race of cyclists enjoy victory or defeat at the finish line. However, on Sunday, the Tour de France finish line was the location of controversy as Paris police fired upon a car attempting to crash through the blockades at the finish line, reports ABC News. It was approximately eight hours prior to the Tour de France riders’ final arrival, and the car’s two occupants escaped.
According to the most recent reports, the perpetrators representing the duo who tried to crash the final location of the 2015 Tour de France are still at large. Set to conclude at the legendary Champs-Elysees, the Tour de France has plenty of eyes of the press on the race.
Although the driver tried to run over Paris police on purpose, BBC News reports officials claiming no suggestion of terrorism as the driver’s motive for trying to crash through the barricades at the Tour de France finish line. The man who drove at a high speed at the cops located on the biggest square in Europe, called the Place de la Concorde, is believed to have suffered wounds.
In the wake of the attempt to crash the Tour de France roadblock near the United States’ embassy, a manhunt is now active for the culprits. The last leg of the Tour de France will reportedly go on as planned despite the earlier melee that took place around 8 a.m. local Paris time. The final finish should start at 4:35 p.m. local time, departing from Sevres. Sevres is southwest of Paris, and the cyclists should arrive in the City of Lights at approximately 5:30 p.m. local time. Their plan is a complete 10 laps around the Champs-Elysees prior to the finish.
No police officers were injured, nor were any cyclists present when the shooting took place. No spectators were at the scene because it was such a long time prior to cyclists being set to arrive at the finish.
MORE: No cyclists were in vicinity nor many spectators when car tried to crash through barricades in Paris: http://t.co/CAEelz0K1i— The Associated Press (@AP) July 26, 2015
The race will continue as planned, with the Tour de France being unaffected by the melee, says race director Thierry Gouvenou. Due to a limited amount of media likely at the scene, the photos of the Tour de France incident on Twitter are few and far between.
As reported by the Inquisitr, the Tour de France also suffered controversy when Chris Froome was hit with a cup of urine.
There’s no word on whether the Tour de France riders have been informed of the shooting.
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