Fan's Elbow Crashes Tour de France Pack
Pile-up costs Alberto Contador precious minute
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2011 2:36 AM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2011 4:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – A woman standing too close to the roadway triggered a massive pile-up during stage 1 of the Tour de France, leaving dozens of bikes and bodies sprawled over the road after a rider hit her elbow and knocked over the rest of the pack like dominoes. The crash cost defending Spanish champ Alberto Contador a potentially decisive minute and 14 seconds, the Independent reports. He's currently in 69th place.