Tour de France teams ask fans to behave better after a mass pileup in latest stage

Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard and several teams appeal to fans for better behavior after a mass crash during the 15th stage of the race.

The incident: The 15th stage of Tour de France was marred by a mass crash involving about two dozen riders.
* The crash was reportedly caused by a spectator on the side of the road inadvertently touching American rider Sepp Kuss, leading to him falling.

Fans are part of the charm: Fans gathering alongside roads and in villages to watch the riders is part of the tradition of the Tour.
* However, many fans were criticized for taking unnecessary risks, including running alongside riders during the race.

Who said what: Different teams and the current leader Jonas Vingegaard called on fans to behave better.
* Vingegaard asked spectators to enjoy the race without standing on the road or pouring beers on riders.
* The Cofidis team urged fans to be careful to maintain the festive atmosphere for both riders and spectators.
* Ineos Grenadiers team insisted on giving riders enough room to race.

The aftermath: The incident did not lead to any withdrawals, but multiple teams felt the impact.
* Jumbo-Visma reported that two of their riders, Dylan van Baarle and Nathan van Hooydonck, hit the ground during the crash.
* Vingegaard, who was close to his teammates during the incident, managed to escape unscathed.

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