Accident Claims Infographic Shines a Light on Tour de France Deaths

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The Tour de France is a dangerous sport, with high speed riding, steep drops, falls, and sabotage all putting the cyclists at risk. But a new infographic from Accident Claims shows that the dangers of the Tour de France don’t just affect the competitors…

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Accident Claims Infographic

Since it was first staged in 1903, the Tour de France has seen four cyclists suffer fatal injuries, as well as several deaths of spectators, demonstrators, children, journalists and officials. To put the facts into perspective, Accident Claims have created an infographic which chronicles the competitions fatalities, from Adolphe Hélière, who drowned on a rest day in Nice, to the most recent death in 2009, that of a 60 year old woman as she was crossing the road. To view the full infographic, visit

In fact, the tournaments 109 year history has seen thirty-two deaths, the majority of which were suffered by spectators. This year’s competition alone has seen one French spectator endure a broken leg and broken collarbone during the third stage after he was struck by a vehicle, and another experience leg and head injuries after a Tour de France caravan fell on its side in Wahagnies.

The infographic also comes on the 45th anniversary of the death of British road race World Champion Tom Simpson. During the 13th stage of the 1967 tournament, Simpson collapsed from exhaustion and was pronounced dead soon after arriving in hospital. During the post mortem, it was found that Simpson had taken amphetamine and alcohol, a dangerous cocktail combined with Mediterranean heat, the steep climb of Ventoux, and a previous stomach complaint.

With just days left to go before the Tour de France comes to an end, the overall classifications battle continues between British Bradley Wiggins and his Italian counterpart Vincenzo Nibali. The tournament ends on the 22nd July at the Champs Elysees, where it has finished every year since 1975.

Accident Claims is part of Osbornes Solicitors LLP, a limited liability partnership, registered in England and Wales (registered number OC357803) which is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. They are specialists in Personal Injury, Family Law (including divorce, international adoption and child abduction), Property Law, Property Litigation, Social Welfare, Wills and Probate & Disputed Estates.

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