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TOUR DE FRANCE | Une journée de repos dans l'équipe Europcar

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Alsace, France Bleu Besançon et France Bleu Elsass mardi 15 juillet 2014 à 18:25

Tour de France 2014 Besançon techniciens Europcar
Tour de France 2014 Besançon techniciens Europcar © Radio France - Photo Blandine Costentin

Entraînement, nettoyage, entretien, massage, interviews... Les journées de repos sont très actives sur le Tour de France. Elles permettent tout de même aux coureurs d'échapper pendant 24 heures à la pression de la course. Et aux supporters de les voir différemment.

Le Tour de France compte deux journées de repos et la première se tenait ce mardi à Besançon. Une journée de relâche bienvenue, au lendemain d'une étape entre Mulhouse et la Planche-des-Belles-Filles particulièrement éprouvante pour les coureurs. 

Dans l'équipe Europcar, les neuf coureurs sont toujours en course et la plupart est sortie en milieu de matinée pour une petite séance d'entraînement dans et autour de Besançon . Thomas Voeckler, l'un des deux leaders de la formation, avec Pierre Rolland, a préféré travailler sur un "home trainer", à l'hôtel, sous les yeux de son épouse et de ses enfants. Comme l'explique le cycliste d'origine alsacienne, la journée de repos, c'est "petit entraînement léger, déjeuner léger, sieste et osthéopathe ". "Après dix jours intenses, ça fait du bien, même si, en 24 heures, le corps ne peut pas se régénerer ", ajoute-t-il.

C'est aussi le moment de soins plus approfondis pour les coureurs : une heure et demie de massage au lieu d'une heure un jour de course. Il y a donc beaucoup à faire pour Mathieu Claude, ancien coureur professionnel, aujourd'hui assistant sportif chez Europcar.

Pendant ce temps, la vingtaine de membres du "team" Europcar est au travail. Les quatre mécaniciens nettoient et ajustent les vélos. Il y a tout de même une bonne trentaine de vélos à traiter . A cela s'ajouter les quatre voitures de l'équipe à nettoyer. Le "team" compte aussi un camion technique et une camion "cantine". Tout cela doit être rutilant pour faire briller les couleurs du sponsor sur la plus grande course cycliste du monde.

Il y a en plus les sollicitations médiatiques pour les directeurs sportifs et les coureurs, ainsi que la présence des chasseurs d'autographes et de photos. Les cyclistes sont plus faciles à approcher que dans l'espace hyper contrôlé des étapes...

tour de France 2014 Besançon Voeckler et fans - Radio France
tour de France 2014 Besançon Voeckler et fans © Radio France - Photo Blandine Costentin

Dans ces conditions, il n'est pas évident pour les coureurs les plus populaires d'avoir un vrai moment d'intimité en compagnie de leur famille. 

Tour de France 2014 Besançon les jeux du petit Voeckler - Radio France
Tour de France 2014 Besançon les jeux du petit Voeckler © Radio France - Photo Blandine Costentin

Ce mercredi, le peloton reprend la route : 11e étape entre Besançon et Oyonnax. La prochaine journée de repos aura lieu le 21 juillet, à Carcassonne. 

 

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