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S is for Speaker: Daniel Mageas

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June 23, 2016 – For the letter S in our A-to-Z countdown to the 2016 Tour de France (#TDF2016) we’ve chosen the Tour’s official SPEAKER.

#PelotonShorts by John Wilcockson/Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

This is a 1993 shot of Daniel Mangeas, whose passionate, raspy voice rang out over the loudspeakers at starts and finishes of every stage of the Tour for some 40 years. He says the moments he most recalls are: (1) the stage to Pla d’Adet in 1974 when he commentated the final hour of the race for the first time after the top speaker’s car broke down, and (2) being honored with a stage start in his hometown of Saint-Martin-de-Landelles in Normandy on Bastille Day 2002.

Mangeas retired from the post 18 months ago—though he still announces at dozens of other events on the French calendar. Starting last year, his job has been divided in half: two speakers at stage starts, Marc Chavet and Nicolas Loth, who introduce the riders at sign-in while keeping the crowds animated for a couple of hours; and two others at stage finishes, François Belay and Damien Martin, who commentate the final 50 kilometers of the stage and act as masters of ceremonies for the post-stage presentations.

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