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VIDEO - Le Tour de France par Roger Hassenforder : "j'attaquais dans tous les coins"

Par Luc Dreosto et Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Alsace et France Bleu Elsass mercredi 2 juillet 2014 à 17:59

VIDEO - Le Tour de France par Roger Hassenforder : "j'attaquais dans tous les coins"

Légende alsacienne du cyclisme, vainqueur de huit étapes du Tour de France, "Hassen le magnifique" raconte ses histoires de la Grande Boucle. Celle d'une époque où un coureur pouvait aller chasser le sanglier un soir d'étape ou bien changeait lui-même sa roue sur la course...

A 84 ans, Roger Hassenforder ne pédale plus guère, mais il suit le Tour de France avec avidité. Avec huit victoires du Tour de France en six participations, quatre jours en jaune, et le franc-parler qui le caractérise, Roger Hassenforder a son mot à dire sur le peloton d'aujourd'hui, d'autant que cette année, la Grande Boucle passe en Alsace, les 13 et 14 juillet. 

Roger Hassenforder a la nostalgie du Tour "à l'ancienne" : "j'aurais voulu que le Tour reste le Tour, comme avant : des boyaux de rechange dans le dos, la radio strictement interdite (les instructions par oreillettes) et les coureurs réparent leur vélo et leurs pneus ! Robic et moi, on était des champions, on changeait la roue avant en 30 secondes. C'était ça le vrai Tour de France " !

"Toi avec ta grande gueule, essaye de faire un tour" !

C'est par hasard que Roger Hassenforder a commencé le vélo. A 18 ans, il assiste à une course à Mulhouse avec des copains et se moque des coureurs. Un entraîneur le prend au mot et le met sur un vélo. Surprise, il réalise le meilleur temps. C'était parti...

"Comme le Hinault en Bretagne"

Deux des huit étapes qu'il a remportées sur le Tour l'ont été à Colmar, en 1955 et 1957. A l'époque, la discipline des coureurs était beaucoup souple... Roger Hassenforder raconte qu'en 57, il est allé à la chasse tirer un sanglier après l'étape ... "Le lendemain, je marchais pas ", reconnaît-il. Les anecdotes de ce genre fourmillent avec "Hassen le magnifique". La fois, par exemple, où il est allé se baigner dans la Méditerrannée pour honorer un pari et faire la une de Paris-Match... En Alsace, Hassenforder était acclamé, "comme le Hinault en Bretagne (...) Y'avait que moi et ensuite Charly Grosskost ".

Ce Tour 2014 qui passe non loin de chez lui à Kaysersberg, il y a de fortes chances qu'il le regarde à la télévision, "sauf si on m'invite ", remarque-t-il, cabotin. Et il soutiendra Thomas Voeckler, son chouchou dans le peloton : "il roule et il grimpe pas mal : c'est un surdoué. Il pourrait gagner un Tour s'il est dans une bonne échappée ".

Tour de France couverture Roger Hassenforder - Radio France
Tour de France couverture Roger Hassenforder © Radio France - Photo Blandine Costentin

> DOSSIER : le Tour de France dans le Grand Est

> CARTES : l'étape Gérardmer - Mulhouse, le 13 juillet et l'étape Mulhouse - La Planche-des-Belles-Filles le 14 juillet

> PORTRAIT : Thomas Voeckler à l'aube du Tour 2014

 

 

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