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PORTRAIT | Daniel Mangeas, la Voix du Tour, tire sa révérence

Par Isabelle Gaudin, France Bleu Drôme-Ardèche, France Bleu Isère et France Bleu Pays de Savoie lundi 16 juin 2014 à 6:00

C'était le dernier Critérium du Dauphiné pour Daniel Mangeas, et bientôt le dernier Tour de France
C'était le dernier Critérium du Dauphiné pour Daniel Mangeas, et bientôt le dernier Tour de France © Radio France - - Isabelle Gaudin

Cette 66e édition du Critérium du Dauphiné qui s'est terminée dimanche à Courchevel était la "der des der" pour Daniel Mangeas. Le speaker officiel du Tour de France depuis 1974, et du Dauphiné, arrête sa collaboration avec ASO cette année. La Grande Boucle le mois prochain sera son dernier Tour. Nous l'avons rencontré. Il nous raconte ses anecdotes parmi les 860 étapes à son actif.

Dans un peu moins d'un mois, la « voix du Tour », qui compte pas moins de 860 étapes au compteur, commentera son dernier Tour de France. À 65 ans, Daniel Mangeas vient de boucler son dernier Critérium du Dauphiné, avec sûrement un petit pincement au coeur, même si la décision est assumée. Ses débuts sur la Grande Boucle remontent à 1974. Par hasard, il remplace au pied levé le speaker qui est tombé en panne de voiture à Saint-Lary-Soulan dans les Pyrénées. C'est Poulidor ce jour-là qui remporte l'étape. Comme un clin d'oeil, le Tour de France fera étape 40 ans après dans la station pyrénéenne, le 23 juillet prochain.

860 étapes au compteur et la passion toujours là

Daniel Mangeas parle de sa carrière avec passion. Comme si, ces 40 années à commenter le Tour de France et de nombreuses courses cyclistes, avaient été l'aboutissement d'un rêve. Ce genre de rêve que l'on fait quand on est enfant.

Daniel Mangeas, "la Voix du Tour", au micro de David Meilhac (France Bleu) - Radio France
Daniel Mangeas, "la Voix du Tour", au micro de David Meilhac (France Bleu) © Radio France - - Isabelle Gaudin

Pas facile de remplacer cette encyclopédie vivante du vélo. Daniel Mangeas est intarissable quand on lui demande de nous raconter une anecdote. Sur le Critérium du Dauphiné, c'est Bernard Hinault, à l'époque où il était coureur, qui lui revient en tête.

Daniel Mangeas raconte une anecdote sur Bernard Hinault

Au delà du Tour de France, Daniel Mangeas, c'est la Voix du vélo. Quelle course cycliste ne commente-t-il pas ? Pour Daniel Mangeas, le Critérium du Dauphiné qui vient de s'achever à Courchevel reste une épreuve mythique en France.

Daniel Mangeas chante les louanges de Bernard Thevenet sur le podium du Critérium du Dauphiné - Radio France
Daniel Mangeas chante les louanges de Bernard Thevenet sur le podium du Critérium du Dauphiné © Radio France - - Isabelle Gaudin

 

 

Qui remplacera Daniel Mangeas comme speaker officiel du Tour de France ? Le patron de la Grande Boucle Christian Prudhomme ne tarit pas d'éloges : "Daniel a une voix chaude extraordinaire, qui symbolise le vélo, mais au-delà de ça, il établit immédiatement le contact avec vous, il a toujours une blague, quelque chose à dire ". Pour le moment, l'organisation pour lui succéder n'est pas encore arrêtée. Et rassurez-vous, Daniel Mangeas ne met pas complètement un terme à sa carrière. Il continuera d'animer les courses cyclistes et de commenter les coupes de France notamment.

 

 

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