During its history 4 competitors have died during the Tour de France but several spectators have also been fatally injured. Professional cycling is a dangerous sport for spectators as well as competitors.
1910 – One of the competitors, Adolphe Heliere Drowned whilst swimming in Nice on a rest day.
1934 – A motorcyclist crashes at high speed and dies during a motorcycle demonstration to occupy the crowd prior to the arrival of the cyclists.
1935 – During the 8th stage of the race Spanish cyclist Franciso Cepeda plunged down a ravine having lost control of his bike on a steep descent.
1957 – A journalist from Radio Luxembourg and his pillion passenger are both killed when their motorbike veered off a mountain road.
1958 – A collision between a competitor and an official sadly led to the death of the official, Constant Wouters.
1964 – Tragically twenty people killed when a van carrying supplies hit a bridge.
1967 – Tom Simpson from Great Britain died from fatal heart failure during 13th stage of the race on the climb Mount Ventoux.
1995 – Olympic gold medalist Fabio Casartelli died from fatal head injuries after crashing and hitting his head wilst descending the Col de Portet d’Aspet during the 15th stage of the tour.
2000 – A 12 year old boy was killed when he was hit by a car which was overtaking hte media caravan.
2002 – A 7 year old boy was killed having been run don by a media caravan whilst running across the road.
2009 – A women in her 60s was hit by a police motorcycle whilst crossing the road.