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De Chazal à AG2R La Mondiale : histoire de la meilleure équipe du Tour de France 2014

Par Jules Brelaz, France Bleu Pays de Savoie mardi 29 juillet 2014 à 10:33

Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R)
Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R) © Radio France

France Bleu Pays de Savoie revient sur la genèse de la formation savoyarde, deux jours après sa consécration sur les Champs-Élysées. Fondée en 1992, par l'ancien coureur professionnel Vincent Lavenu, l'équipe s'est d'abord appelé Chazal, Casino, puis AG2R La Mondiale.

Tout commence avec un charcutier jurassien

Il y a 23 ans les sponsors ne se bousculaient pas au portillon pour aider un jeune retraité du peloton. Vincent Lavenu souhaitait monter son équipe professionnelle. Seul un homme lui a fait confiance, Alain Chazal, un charcutier jurassien . Durant trois ans, il accompagne la création de l'équipe avant de céder la main, faute de moyens suffisants. Ce bébé est resté le sien et Vincent Lavenu un ami indéfectible. Alain Chazal était scotché dimanche à son petit écran lors du sacre d'AG2R La Mondiale.

Alain Chazal, l'ancien charcutier jurassien, qui a dit "oui" à Vincent Lavenu en 1992. (Marie Ameline)

Un centre de formation unique en France

À Chambéry, une trentaine de jeunes garçons a suivi plus attentivement que les autres les performances d'AG2R. Ce sont les jeunes coureurs du Chambéry Cyclisme Formation, qui alternent études post-bac et pratique du vélo. Ce centre unique en France créé il y a onze ans est devenu la réserve de l'équipe professionnelle de Vincent Lavenu . A 19 ans, l'Isérois du Grésivaudau, Julien Roux a rêvé devant les exploits de Romain Bardet, un ancien du centre de formation (6ème du Tour 2014).

Julien Roux, un jeune du centre de formation à Chambéry. (Marie Ameline)

Des jeunes surveillés comme du lait sur le feu par Vincent Lavenu.

Loic Varnet, directeur du centre de formation de Chambéry. (Marie Ameline)

Jusqu'au conte de Péraud...

Jean-Christophe Péraud, discret coureur de 37 ans devenu professionnel il y a seulement quatre ans. Ses équipiers de l'équipe AG2R La Mondiale le qualifient d'"atypique" , son manager Vincent Lavenu voit en lui un "être exceptionnel" . Ingénieur chez Areva, le deuxième du Tour se définit lui comme un "homme normal" . Avant de devenir vice-champion olympique de cross-country, Jean-Christophe Péraud a fait ses classes en 1997 sur un VTT du team Lapierre aux côtés du Savoyard Gilles Delion.

L'hommage de Gilles Delion à son ami Jean-Christophe Péraud. (Nathalie Grynszpan)

Le centre de formation de Chambéry deviendra en septembre le premier centre de formation reconnu comme tel par la Fédération française de cyclisme.

 

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