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Tour de France | Ah, on ne s'ennuie pas sur la ligne d’arrivée!

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Alsace, France Bleu Belfort-Montbéliard, France Bleu Besançon, France Bleu Elsass et France Bleu Sud Lorraine lundi 14 juillet 2014 à 6:00

Tour de France 2014 : Monsieur Banette
Tour de France 2014 : Monsieur Banette © Radio France - Photo Blandine Costentin

Vivre le Tour de France sur le bord d’une route ou en haut d’un col, voir passer la caravane publicitaire, avant le peloton, ça fait partie de l’ambiance. Mais on peut vivre aussi le grand frisson sur la ligne d’arrivée, bien avant que déboulent les coureurs.

Sur la ligne d’arrivée d’une étape du Tour de France, le temps peut paraître long. Ou il pourrait, mais il faut reconnaître que l’organisation met tout en œuvre pour occuper les milliers de personnes qui se massent au fur et à mesure de la journée derrière les barrières. La foule arrive vraiment en début d’après-midi, mais les irréductibles sont là, alors que la ligne d’arrivée n’est pas encore installée , histoire d’avoir les meilleures places.

Bonbons, boissons, biscuits, charcuteries, foulards et même « mains » en tissu pour sortir les frites du four… Mini-camionnettes, bicyclettes à l’ancienne, lance à « incendie »… La quarantaine de marques présentes sur le Tour rivalise d’imagination pour occuper les spectateurs et gagner d’éventuels nouveaux clients. Les animateurs sont parfois de véritables showmen ou women. Il faut dire qu'il faut du "peps" quand on passe sa journée déguisé en baguette...

Et comme les tentations sont multiples, il faut savoir se démarquer. Vittel, par exemple, distribue des bouteilles d’eau, mais n’hésite pas non plus à arroser les spectateurs depuis une petite plateforme mobile

Chaque jour, quarante à cinquante personnes participent à l'animation de la ligne d'arrivée. A cela s'ajoutent tous ceux qui se trouvent sur le site pour d'autres raisons professionnelles : personnels d'ASO, l'organisateur du Tour de France, journalistes, techniciens, policiers ou gendarmes... Bien qu'interdits au public, les 100 derniers mètres avant la ligne d'arrivée fourmillent de gens. Il y a donc des règles strictes à respecter. Julien Van Theemsche, responsable des animations pour ASO sur l'arrivée, veille à la bonne humeur et à la sécurité.

Quant aux spectateurs, en particulier les plus jeunes, ils passent un très bon moment

Evidemment, en fin d'après-midi, le sport reprend ses droits. Les spectateurs suivent les commentaires du speaker de la course Daniel Mangeas. Les coureurs arrivent, le vainqueur monte sur le podium. Et tout le monde repart, les sacs plein de "goodies", en attendant le prochain passage du Tour.

 

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