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Tour de France riders are furious about selfies

Tour de France riders are furious about selfies
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The Instagram "selfie" craze just took a dangerous turn. Riders at the Tour de France are now complaining about spectators stepping into the middle of the road to take pictures of themselves for social media.

Riders have crashed - or only narrowly avoided collisions - with selfie-obsessed fans on several occasions. The problem is that fans step into the middle of the road before the riders arrive, but with their backs turned they don't notice when the riders approach and can't get out of the way in time.

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The Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas has warned that British crowds taking selfies are endangering the safety of riders at the Tour de France, while the American Tejay van Garderen called the craze “a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity.”

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