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Video flashback on the official presentation of the Tour de France 2013

Added: tuesday 30 October 2012 at 9:00:00
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    Video flashback on the official presentation of the Tour de France 2013Last Wednesday, Amaury Sport Organisation did the official presentation of the Tour de France 2013. If you didn't have the chance to be invited and if you didn't have the occasion to follow the presentation on the official web site, you can discover in this article all about this presentation. If you already saw it, this might be the occasion to watch it again and again so you'll be sure to remember all small details of the different stages which have been announced during the presentation and which you can not find on the web site letour.fr.

    Let's get back on what happened during the presentation with some of my video footage!

    The videos in this article are available in High Definition. I thus suggest you watch them full screen and that you click on the wheel icon for configuration so you can choose the 1080p HD mode.

    The start of the presentation: 100% mythical!

    Once everyone found a place to sit in the Palais des Congrès or, otherwise had discovered (just like me) that he'd had to watch it standing because there were so many people, the presentation started with a short introduction video to the show which would follow. While I recently mentioned the show which RCS did to present the Giro d'Italia's 2013 race route, I think we can easily say that, for the 100th edition, ASO did its very best to make this presentation a beautiful event as well.

    With many more people as usual at the presentation of the Tour de France, Daniel Mangeas had some difficulty in starting the presentation because not everyone found his or her place yet. Now it's easy to say that he should have started the countdown which was shown at the opening of the presentation to get people seated! Indeed, once everyone got a seat, a one minute countdown started, followed by an animation which included a video and the number "100" in relief on the scene, finally followed by the "100% mythical" mention which was shown at the end of the animation.

    >> Since this didn't have much of interest, a part from getting ready for what would follow, I don't embed the video of this animation in this article, but if you want to see it, you can click here to see the video "Introduction presentation Tour de France 2013 - countdown and 100th edition".

    The introduction by Jean-Etienne Amaury

    As usual, it was than up to Jean-Etienne Amaury, president of Amaury Sport Organisation, to welcome everyone in the room and start the first speech ...

    This speech was drawn around "100 years" of top sports performances, shared passion and emotion, a good time for the public. Mister Amaury also briefly spoke about the global impact of the Tour de France, which is broadcast in over 190 countries around the world and which attracts, both on the sides of the road but also on the social networks (!! yes indeed, after the Giro, apparently the Tour felt necessary to talk about it, even though there's still quite some work to do to catch up ...) millions of spectators.

    His speech concluded on "doping" and Jean-Etienne Amaury said that cycling had been a leading sport and that "since several years now", ASO actively works to fight this plague which is contrary to the values of this sport. He added that the Tour de France innovated in 2008 by having a completely independent body, the AFLD, handle doping controls. He did not, however, precise that the UCI took over again the next year!

    To discover the rest of the speech, you can check out the video below:

    The "Best of" of the Tour de France 2012

    It was than time to discover the beautiful video which always gives goose bumps when you see it (or does it only have that effect on the people working in the Tour de France who recognise some places from when they were there 3 months ago?), the Best of of the previous edition, the Tour de France 2012!

    Quite surprisingly, the Best of this time started with images of ... the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games! Indeed, in London, the organisors decided to honour Bradley Wiggins by inviting him, to ring the bell to open the Games, in yellow. This was followed by the usual images which showed the highlights of the Tour de France 2012, as usual completed with comments from France Télévisions and from Phil Liggett (commenting for NBC Sports, ITV and SBS and largely criticised lately since the Lance Armstrong affair since Liggett clearly showed to be close with the American rider who now lost his 7 Tour titles).

    Relive the Tour de France 2012 in 12 minutes:

    Christian Prudhomme's introduction

    The official image of the Tour de France 2013 - DRAfter these nice images, it was time for Christian Prudhomme, director of cycling with Amaury Sport Organisation and thus (among others) director of the Tour de France, to do his speech. First of all he realised, like I did before, that he had never seen so many people in the Palais des Congrès for a Tour de France presentation.

    He than started his speech honouring the public of the Tour de France and its 3,500 kilometers of smiles along the side of the roads. A honour which can be seen in the official poster of the Tour de France 2013 as well (you can see it on the right, click on it to open it; DR) which was completed with the title Enter the legend of the Tour.

    Christian Prudhomme's speech on doping was quite impressive, especially with this sentence which kept echoing in the minds of many people present in the room: The Tour de France will be stronger than doping, it will be stronger than trickery which attacks and invites itself in many other sports as well. The enemy is doping, the enemy is not cycling and even less so the Tour de France.
    The director of cycling at ASO insisted on the role of team managers who must be keeping an eye at all times before promoting the choices made by the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC), which according to its simple official web site saw the day during the Tour de France 2007 and which nowadays contains 11 teams: AG2R La Mondiale, Argos-Shimano, Bretagne-Schuller, Cofidis, le crédit en ligne, Team Europcar, FDJ-BigMat, Garmin-Sharp, the new Swiss team IAM Cycling, Lotto-Belisol, Team NetApp and Sojasun.

    Check out this speech in the video below:

    Paul Giacobbi's speech, Député de la Haute-Corse, Président du Conseil Exécutif de Corse

    After a video on France in the Tour, it was time for the Grand Départ on Corsica to be presented -after an introduction by Christian Prudhomme- and represented by Paul Giacobbi, Deputy of Haute-Corse and President of the Conseil Exécutif of Corsica. Before that however, Christian Prudhomme had a gift for Mister Giacobbi: a giant yellow jersey with a Tête de Maure, the emblem of Corsica, printed on it.

    Mister Giacobbi accepted this gift with a funny finally a jersey in my size!

    Paul Giacobbi first of all explained that the Tour de France was really something Corsica was waiting for, thus refering to the fact that the Tour never visited the island in its 99 previous editions! He than talked about those who try to ruin our party, refering both to doping in cycling and to the activities of some criminal groups on Corsica.

    Check out Paul Giacobbi's speech in the video below!

    After this speech, we got to discover (or rediscover) the beauty of Corsica which will welcome us in about 8 months from now. Check out below the wonderful promotion video of Corsica! (video which has been published by ASO and which is not available in HD, even though it would have largely merited to be so!)

    The detailed presentation of the 21 Tour de France 2013 stages in video

    It was than 12.15PM, time for Christian Prudhomme to finally reveil .. what all readers of velowire.com already knew since the 12th of October: the stage cities of the Tour de France 2013. This was of course done with the usual 3D animation of the different stages. If you think you've ended up in the World of Nemo at the start of the video, don't worry, carry on watching ...

    I planned to allow you to discover this 3D animation below with Eurosport's version of it (with the comments of the sports channel, since ASO only published a 2D version), but unfortunately this version can not be embedded in another web site (even though this is offered when you watch the video on the Eurosport web site). I therefore invite you to watch the much less interesting 2D version or to click here to check out the 3D video on Eurosport's web site.

    After this 3D animation, let's hand over to Christian Prudhomme who comments each of the stages of the Tour de France 2013 and who adds some details about some of them. The video is a bit long but it's quite worth it if you want to know all details of the different stages and want to know ASO vision on each of them ...

    If someone can explain me what made the people laugh around 11'50" in this video, I'm quite interested because, like Christian Prudhomme, I didn't understand it!

    The photos of the Tour de France 2013 presentation

    49 photos of the Tour de France 2013 presentation at the Palais des Congrès have been published in a dedicated photo album on this website.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Bonjour Thomas,

    Merci pour cette vidéo qui permet d'évaluer plus précisément le tracé des étapes.

    Apparemment, on fera une boucle à Lyon, où l'arrivée sera jugée à la Duchère (on voit bien sur la carte le point rouge d'arrivée au Nord-Ouest et où l'on devine la Presqu'île). Dans cette configuration, on peut très bien montée sur Fourvière avant de descendre sur Gorge de Loup puis continuer jusqu'à la Duch', ça devient d'un coup plus intéressant !

    Sinon, pour te répondre Thomas, le public rit lors de l'apparition du profil de l'étape du Mont Ventoux parce qu'il doit voir "242 km" affichés et que ce type de profil fabriqué par ASO lors de la présentation accentue et exagère les montées, déjà que celle du Ventoux est dure mais dans la présentation, elle est vraiment impressionnante ! C'était plus un rire nerveux qu'autre chose peut-être, vu que l'étape fait peur !

    Encore merci pour la vidéo ;)

    Bonne journée,


    | Elie | tuesday 30 October 2012 at 10:13:10

  2. Merci Thomas pour ce résumé vidéo de la conférence. J'ai trouvé que niveau vidéo, le Tour est au niveau du Giro, cependant dans un style bien personnel. J'ai d'ailleurs particulièrement apprécié le style graphique des présentations.

    Mais ça ne m'empêche pas d'attribuer un carton rouge à ASO pour non seulement de pas avoir mis sur sa chaîne YouTube la version 3D du parcours (qui est remarquablement belle avec le début sous l'eau), mais en plus de l'avoir interdit à Eurosport. Cette version 2D est certes claire mais vraiment insipide au possible. La version 3D a tellement plus de gueule ! "Super" décision de la part des organisateurs... Qui très certainement montreront la version 3D au tout dernier moment, c'est à dire au mois de juin à quelques jours du départ, sachant que la vidéo est déjà fin prête. Ou au pire pas du tout !

    Je trouve que c'est irrespectueux envers la société Trimaran qui réalise depuis 2003 tous les rides en 3D (et accessoirement les profils des étapes), car ASO empêche le plus grand nombre de profiter de leur travail. A moins que ce soit Trimaran eux-mêmes qui n'aient pas souhaité que la vidéo soient divulguée. Il faudrait les contacter pour plus de détail concernant ceci...

    Par ailleurs Thomas, il avait été présenté il me semble une "bande-annonce" à la toute fin de la conférence, qui nous a délibérément été cachée sur le net puisque remplacée par un logo du 100ème Tour de France. On entendait le son par contre. Pourrais-tu nous donner plus de précisions sur ce qu'il s'agissait plus précisément ?

    En tout cas, une fois de plus, ASO rate sa com sur internet...

    | Linkinito | tuesday 30 October 2012 at 11:47:15

  3. @linkinito Voilà la vidéo en 3D avec le début sous l'eau et la patrouille de france jusquà l'Arc de triomphe

    | nico56 | tuesday 30 October 2012 at 18:06:09

  4. Ah, je pensais qu'elle avait été interdite. Finalement elle est toujours visible, ça me rassure :) Par contre la vidéo a été ralentie par moments pour laisser au "narrateur" d'Eurosport le temps de raconter son histoire, ponctuée d'incohérences (le Tour n'a pas 100 ans mais 110 ans du fait des deux guerres mondiales, et la Tour Eiffel n'est pas le monument le plus visité en France, il s'agit de Notre-Dame de Paris).

    J'ai trouvé un moyen de la télécharger, mais je n'ose pas la mettre sur Youtube de peur qu'ASO retire la vidéo.

    | Linkinito | tuesday 30 October 2012 at 21:10:22

  5. Linkinito

    Juste comme ça ... c'est toi le mec qui fait des vidéos sur Youtube ? Car il a le même pseudo . Enfin c'est hs (mais si c'est toi gros gg pour ce défi !!!)
    (sinon demande un copyright de ton pseudo)

    | bapt77 | tuesday 30 October 2012 at 21:46:02

  6. Bapt : Oui, c'est bien moi !

    Sinon, j'ai trouvé une vidéo sur Youtube intéressante : une conférence de presse à l'Alpe d'Huez, faite deux jours après la présentation officielle du parcours, portant évidemment sur la fameuse double montée.


    Mais on peut notamment y voir la fameuse bande annonce qu'on nous avait cachée, à 13:30 ! Et elle n'a rien à envier à la bande-annonce du Giro 2013, dans un style hollywoodien, dans un ton moins épique, mais plus dramatique !

    Elle a peut-être été "censurée" dû au fait qu'on y aperçoit furtivement Lance Armstrong un court instant (lors de sa fameuse descente en 2003)... Mais c'est qu'une hypothèse.

    Franchement je comprends pas les gérants internet d'ASO. Ils peuvent diffuser le parcours en 3D et la bande-annonce du Tour 2013 sur Youtube comme le fait le Giro, au lieu de ça ils mettent un simple parcours en 2D et "censurent" la bande-annonce qui pourtant est excellente !

    | Linkinito | wednesday 31 October 2012 at 0:34:32

  7. Merci pour cet article! Il est au top :-)

    | Céline84 | sunday 04 November 2012 at 19:16:44

  8. J'avoue que l'article est bien synthétisé. :)

    Céline84 : Vous êtes du Vaucluse ? :)

    | Linkinito | monday 05 November 2012 at 0:46:57

  9. La vidéo est très interressante , en plus du parcours et de l'aspect financier de l'événement on apprend que c'est Thierry Gouvenou qui va remplacer J.F Pescheux .L'avantage de ce style de descente , c'est que les coureurs vont faire la course au moins sur les 2/3 derniers kilomètres de la première montée pour pouvoir être bien placée au sommet du col de sarenne .

    | T2D VILLARS | monday 05 November 2012 at 8:59:05

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