Tour de France rider causes hotel fire alert after leaving towel on radiator

Towel left unattended by Tour de France rider on a radiator causes smoke as Dordogne hotel is partially evacuated as a fire precaution

Elie Gesbert, Tour de France 2017.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

A towel left by a Tour de France rider on a hotel's hot electric radiator led to a hotel in Boulazac to be partially evacuated.

France Bleu Périgord reports that the incident happened on Monday – the 2017 Tour's first rest day – at the Hôtel Campanile used by the French-based Fortuneo-Oscaro team.

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