For forty years, he was the speaker of the Tour de France. Daniel Mangeas doesn’t conceal his exasperation at seeing cycle races canceled or postponed in France as a result of of the Covid-19 epidemic.
After Paris-Roubaix postponed in October, it’s the Four Days of Dunkirk which can be threatened. What anger the former speaker of the Tour de France. “The organizers had accepted all the requests, no starting village, no caravan, no podium, the in camera. And they receive an email telling them that it would not take place. I put myself in their shoes”, explains Daniel Mangeas.
The Manchois perceive all the much less such a choice as biking races are organized in different European international locations corresponding to Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
“We let hope and at the last moment we cancel everything”
“Organizing a cycling race is a huge job. The Four Days of Dunkirk, it is more than 2000 signalers because it is a stage race which lasts six days. I have the impression that we do not respect not the work of these volunteers. If we had told them a month ago, it’s canceled, okay. But there, we give hope and at the last moment, we cancel everything. angry “, insists the Manchois, who hopes that the interministerial disaster committee, requested by the organizers, will permit the cycle race to be held. The reply is predicted on Tuesday.
“Normally, the Four Days of Dunkirk take place after the confinement period, ie from May 4 to 9”, recalled Daniel Mangeas, visitor this Monday night of France Bleu Cotentin.
“If there are no more volunteers, the sport disappears”
The former speaker of the Tour de France fears the penalties of the Covid-19 epidemic and the cancellation of biking races. “Everyone will suffer. There may be fewer licensees, organizers who arrive at a certain age, and who will say good, we stop taking the lead”, worries Daniel Mangeas, who recollects that “All sport is based on volunteering in France. If there are no more volunteers, sport will disappear. There will only be one or two large structures to organize a few events”.