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TOUR DE FRANCE | France Bleu Isère décerne un maillot jaune à Christian Prudhomme

Par Denis Souilla, France Bleu Isère samedi 19 juillet 2014 à 17:23

Christian Prudhomme, le directeur du Tour de France a reçu son maillot jaune, en direct du studio France Bleu Isère.
Christian Prudhomme, le directeur du Tour de France a reçu son maillot jaune, en direct du studio France Bleu Isère. © Radio France

Grenoble a accueilli samedi le départ de la 14e étape du Tour de France, étape entre la capitale des Alpes et Risoul. Ce 19 juillet est un jour un peu particulier : le premier maillot jaune du Tour a fait son apparition pour la première fois il y a 95 ans. Pour l'occasion, France Bleu Isère a remis un maillot jaune spécial à Christian Prudhomme, le directeur du Tour de France.

La capitale des Alpes a accueilli samedi le départ de la 14e étape du Tour de France reliant Grenoble à Risoul (Hautes-Alpes). Ce 19 juillet est un jour anniversaire peu connu sur le Tour : le premier maillot jaune de la course a été décerné pour la première fois il y a 95 ans. France Bleu Isère en a donc profité pour remettre un maillot spécial à Christian Prudhomme, le directeur du Tour de France.

Un coureur devenu un symbole

Le porteur de ce premier mailllot, c'est Eugène Christope. Le 19 jullet 1919, il est premier du classement général à l'issue de l'étape Genève-Grenoble. Il fut donc le premier à porter un maillot jaune, à 34 ans, remis à Grenoble devant l'Hôtel de l'Ascenseur. Eugène Christophe reste une figure du cyclisme français des années 1920, notamment sur la Grande Boucle 1922, lorsqu'il approche de la tête du classement général, il cassa sa fourche dans la descente du Galibier, après Valloire. Loin d'abandonner, il répara la pièce puis gagna à Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne sur le vélo d'un prêtre.

Eugène Christophe. - Aucun(e)
Eugène Christophe.

Jour pour jour, il y a 95 ans, naissait le premier maillot jaune à Grenoble

1919, c'est le premier tour après la Première Guerre mondiale. Christian Prudhomme, l'actuel directeur du Tour se souvient : "le parcours du Tour de France avait été annoncé par Henri Desgranges dès le 20 novembre 1918, c'est à dire neuf jours après l'Armistice (...) pour montrer qu'on repart, qu'il fallait revivre comme avant. Les coureurs à l'époque ont roulé dans une France ruinée. Seule la guerre a stoppé le Tour de France."

Christian Prudhomme, directeur du Tour de France, et Didier Vachon, directeur de France Bleu Isère. - Radio France
Christian Prudhomme, directeur du Tour de France, et Didier Vachon, directeur de France Bleu Isère. © Radio France

 

 

 

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France Bleu Isère remet le maillot jaune à Christian Prud'homme.