The downside to the huge crowd gathering for Tour De France is the craze for selfies among the spectators. People taking selfies, with their backs to the speeding peloton, creates safety problems for both the riders and the spectators. The problem is compounded by the spectator’s desire to stand on the roads.
Owing to this, a lot of accidents have occurred. Tejay van Garderen from BMC Racing team could not understand the idea of standing on the middle of the road just to take a selfie. However, he expressed happiness for the large crowd gathering. The Swiss rider, Fabian Cancellar also reiterated Garderen’s views. The Trek Factory Racing rider also asked the media to spread a message among the spectators, requesting them to stand at least one metre back on the road, while the speeding peloton pass by at 50kmph. In his interview with Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Rickie Porte expressed his happiness at the large crowd gathering. However, he opined that selfie-lovers posed a serious threat to everyone by standing on the road, meant to be used only by the riders.