Race facing €6.9 million lawsuit after crash that shortened Nacer Bouhanni's career

Arkéa-B&B Hotels and Nacer Bouhanni have filed against the Tour of Turkey after crash with spectator

Nacer Bouhanni at the Region Pays de la Loire Tour 2023
(Image credit: Getty Images / Dario Belingheri)

Nacer Bouhanni and his former Arkéa-B&B Hotels team are demanding €6.9 million in damages from the Tour of Turkey, following the French sprinter's 2022 crash with a spectator that saw him break his neck.

The incident took place on stage two of the eight-stage UCI 2.Pro-ranked event, when the bunch careered into an unsuspecting spectator who was walking in the road.

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