tuesday 29 October 2013 at 22h30

The official presentation of the Tour de France 2014 took place last Wednesday. Even though the race route was more or less without any surprises for us, it is always interesting to go back to the small details which are announced during this presentation. And that's exactly what I allow you to do in this article with several videos and photos!


The daily challenge in communications

The presentation started with an introduction by Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France and director of cycling with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).

Mentioning the different challenges which the Tour de France represents, the organisor of the Tour decided to put the challenge in telecommunications taken up by one of the sponsors of the Tour, Orange, in the spotlights.

A summary of the Tour de France 2013 in beautiful images

In the Palais des Congrès we then got to see a video summary with the most beautiful images of the Tour de France 2013, images which were broadcasted everywhere around the world thanks to Orange indeed ...

Jean-Etienne Amaury: "the Tour, the battle horse for the international development of Amaury Sport Organisation"!

Up to Jean-Etienne Amaury, President of Amaury Sport Organisation, to take the stage and to come back on the big success of the Tour de France 2013, from its Grand Départ in Corsica till its night finish on the Champs-Elysées.
Seizing the occasion of a short mention of what the Tour de France 2014 promises with its international approach, he mentioned the Saitama Critérium which took place this weekend in Japan.
After having saluted the newly elected people in the world of cycling, Jean-Etienne Amaury started the video Tour of the smiles, which gave the microphone to the public on the sides of the roads of the Tour de France 2013.

The Grand Départ in Yorkshire with Gary Verity

Christian Prudhomme then again took the stage and presented the visual identity of the Tour de France 2014, universal attraction and spoke about the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 explaining that after the most southern start in 2013 with Corsica we now switch to the most northern start of the Tour de France, in Yorkshire.

This Grand Départ from Yorkshire was then presented by a bit long but interesting speech by Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire who did this speech in French! In order for you as an English reader to be able to understand what Verity said, I added English subtitles to his speech!

As if it was to confirm the positive words Gary Verity said about the beautiful landscapes which Yorkshire will offer, we got to see a video which uses Made in Yorkshire as its title:


The presentation of the Tour de France 2014 race route, stage by stage

Finally the time came to discover more in detail the 2014 Tour de France race route. And that might actually be one of the reasons why you started reading this article, in order to discover the stage by stage presentation of the Tour de France 2014 by Christian Prudhomme including all small details the director of the Tour de France mentioned!

His speech was completed by some videos like the one about the cobblestones of the 5th stage and several other videos, including one about Daniel Mangeas who will comment his last Tour de France in 2014!

The photos of the 2014 Tour de France presentation

In the Palais des Congrès I took some photos around the presentation of the Tour de France 2014 and if you haven't discovered them yet, you can do so in the dedicated photo section:
>> The photos of the 2014 Tour de France presentation

Interview Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale): "I hope to win a stage just like Christophe!"

After the presentation, Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale) answered my questions about the 2014 Tour de France race route and he mentioned his wish to win a stage! If you haven't seen it yet in the article dedicated to the race route, you can discover this interview below (with English subtitles):

© photo article illustration: ASO/B. Bade

door Thomas Vergouwen
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