Young spectator hit by vehicle on Tour de France stage three

Young girl taken to hospital after crossing the road in front of the publicity caravan at the Tour de France and being hit by a vehicle

The publicity caravan at the Tour de France (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

A young spectator, on the route of stage three of the Tour de France, was taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in the race's publicity caravan on Monday.

According to AFP, the girl was crossing the road at around the 70km mark of the 223.5km stage between Granville and Angers when she was hit.

She was taken to hospital, where she was treated for a facial injury, according to a police source. AFP reports that her injuries are not life threatening.

The caravan drives ahead of the race on each stage handing out free souvenirs to spectators along the side of the road. The procession leaves around two hours before the peloton in order to reach the finish line before the riders.

Peter Sagan wears yellow on stage three - a stage set for a bunch sprint finish in Angers, where Mark Cavendish will look to win his second stage of the race.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.