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TOUR DE FRANCE | Jean-Paul Ollivier, un dernier Tour sur la route

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Alsace, France Bleu Elsass, France Bleu Lorraine Nord et France Bleu Sud Lorraine samedi 12 juillet 2014 à 15:35

Jean-Paul Ollivier
Jean-Paul Ollivier © Radio France - Photo Blandine Costentin

A 70 ans, et après 40 Tours de France vécus pour la télé de service public, Jean-Paul Ollivier commente sa dernière Grande Boucle. Témoignage de « Paulo la science », recueilli sur l’arrivée de la 8e étape du Tour 2014, à Gérardmer.

Jean-Paul Ollivier, 50 années de journalisme sportif et 40 Tours de France au compteur, raconte sa dernière Grande Boucle. Son expérience de terrain et le temps passé à visionner des heures d’archives pour ses « rétros » en ont fait l’un des meilleurs spécialistes de l’épreuve. Et sans doute le plus populaire.

Dans l’entrelacs de câbles, le labyrinthe de camions qui constituent la zone presse à l’arrière de l’arrivée d’étape, Jean-Paul Ollivier est comme chez lui : « vous pensez, après 40 ans, j’ai l’habitude  » ! Il nous guide jusqu’au car-régie d’où il présente son émission chaque jour, en compagnie de Gérard Holtz.

« Pendant 20 ans, j’ai commenté le Tour à l’arrière d’une moto. Quand on passait devant une cathédrale, un château, je ne pouvais pas m’empêcher de donner son nom, de parler de son architecture  » . C’est comme ça qu’en 2000, Charles Biétry, alors directeur des sports de France Télévisions, lui propose d’être à l’arrivée , pour parler des monuments et des villes traversés par la course et que les spectateurs voient par les images d’hélicoptère.

Comment Jean-Paul Ollivier est devenu "Paulo la science"

C’est Gérard Holtz, son complice au micro, qui lui donne le surnom de « Paulo la science » : « c’était d’abord Paulo, puis les histoires de l’oncle Paul? et finalement Paulo la science est resté  ».

Difficile pour Jean-Paul Ollivier de sélectionner un souvenir ou un autre : « mes souvenirs remontent déjà à l’adolescence ! Le rêve, pour moi, c’était de voir passer Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi  »… Coppi, l’Italien vainqueur de deux Tours de France, auquel il consacrera sa chronique de ce samedi sur France 2. Et comme le journaliste a aussi confectionné des « rétros » pour son émission, il a l’impression d’avoir connu « tous les Tours de France (...) je peux en parler, comme si j’y étais  » !

"je continuerai sous une autre forme"

Est-ce que tout s’arrêtera après le 27 juillet, date de l’arrivée du 101e Tour de France ? « Je n’ai pas l’impression que c’est vraiment la dernière  », explique Jean-Paul Ollivier, « ça continuera sous une autre forme  ». D’autant que le journaliste est aussi écrivain. Il a à son actif de nombreux livres sur des coureurs du Tour, comme Roger Hassenforder, Poulidor ou Hinault et sur le Général De Gaulle, son autre passion . Dernier ouvrage en date  « 100 Tours de France, exploits, drames et légendes ».

 

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