Anybody watching the twelfth stage of the Tour de France to Mont Ventoux would undoubtedly have spotted one particular fan who ran alongside the riders for a time and could potentially have caused another incident involving one of the race motorbikes.
Krzysztof Kubik from Poland was at the spot where Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema collided with a motorbike and he could then be seen running in front of the TV camera motorbike with a Polish flag and waving a poster in front of the camera.
Kubik has since apologised for his behaviour, saying that he acted “like a fool” and his cycling club have also distanced themselves from him. The poster that he was waving in front of the camera had the name of his club on one side.
He sent a letter to the website www.naszosie.pl apologising for his actions. In his letter, he said: “I ran in front of the camera like a fool. I acted not as a cyclist and cycling fan but as a person who just wanted to show off. I should help Froome and Porte and not run around like a fool with a flag. This was not good and I regret that.”
“It was the first time I was at the Tour de France and I was very glad that I would be able to cheer our athletes. I got caught up in the emotions of the moment. I accept criticism. In one moment I acted just plain wrong. I’ll take it on the chest all the consequences associated with it.”
A spokesperson for the cycling club OTR Interkol of which he Kubik is a member also distanced themselves from his actions. The statement from the club is as follows:
“Dear fans of cycling. We regret today seeing the behaviour of our colleague in the final kilometres of the stage of the Tour de France. This has always annoyed us during television coverage and this behaviour by one of the members of OTR Interkol has nothing to do with the spirit of the sport.”
“We are sorry to hear it and read comments from different sources criticising other entities related to the above person. Please remember that he is an adult, making his own decisions and that person only is responsible for the consequences. In no event should other members of our group, residents of the city in which he lives, or worst of all Polish fans be blamed for this.”
“Best regards to all real fans of cycling, the board OTR Interkol.”