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Tour de France 2014 : l'imprévisible Thomas Voeckler

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Alsace et France Bleu Elsass samedi 5 juillet 2014 à 6:00

Tour de France 2014 : Voeckler à la présentation des équipes
Tour de France 2014 : Voeckler à la présentation des équipes © Maxppp

Ses épopées sous le maillot jaune en 2004 et 2011 ont fait de l'Alsacien l'un des favoris du public et un homme à surveiller dans le peloton. Avec les trois étapes du Tour 2014 dans le massif vosgien, il aura sans doute à coeur de faire un coup.

Thomas Voeckler ne semble pas au mieux de sa forme cette année, mais le cycliste né près de Strasbourg il y a 35 ans est qualifié d'"imprévisible" par les observateurs. Faire un coup sur l'étape Gerardmer - Mulhouse ? Pourquoi pas, mais il sera sous surveillance...

Thomas et le Tour

Même s'il n'est jamais monté sur le podium du Tour aux Champs-Elysées, Thomas Voeckler fait partie des grands du Tour, avec un palmarès varié : quatre étapes remportées en 2009, 2010 et 2012, une quatrième place au classement général en 2011, le maillot à pois de meilleur grimpeur en 2012. Il a porté le maillot jaune de leader à deux reprises pendant dix jours , en 2004 et 2011, ce qui l'a popularisé auprès des Français. Il participe cette année à son douzième Tour. Il est le leader de son équipe Europcar, en compagnie de Pierre Rolland.

Palmarès

Professionnel depuis 2001, Thomas Voecker porte depuis trois ans le maillot Europcar , l'équipe coaché par Jean-René Berneaudeau. Il a remporté deux titres de champions de France sur route en 2004 et 2010 et deux classiques : le Grand Prix de Plouay en 2007 et le Grand Prix cycliste de Québec en 2010. Il s'est aussi imposé dans la Flèche Brabançonne, Les 4 Jours de Dunkerque... Il a remporté des étapes dans Paris-Nice, le Critérium du Dauphiné ou la Route du Sud. On dit de lui qu'il est un "puncheur-baroudeur" qui a aussi su montrer ses talents de grimpeur dans le Tour, en remportant le maillot à pois en il y a deux ans.

Un autre grand cycliste alsacien lui rend hommage, avec la gouaille qui le caractérise : c'est Roger Hassenforder, pour qui Voeckler est "un surdoué" :

Signe particulier

Thomas Voeckler a un boulevard à son nom ! Le boulevard Voeckler à se trouve à Chantonnay en Vendée, sa région d'adoption, là où il avait décroché le titre de champion de France en 2010. Chantonnay accueillera à nouveau les championnats de France en 2015.

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