World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Daniel Mangeas

Article Id: WHEBN0020015963
Reproduction Date:

Title: Daniel Mangeas  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: French sports broadcasters, April 10, 1949
Collection: 1949 Births, Cycling Announcers, French Male Writers, French Sports Broadcasters, Living People, Tour De France
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Daniel Mangeas

Daniel Mangeas

Daniel Mangeas is a talking cycling encyclopedia, never using notes, working entirely through improvisation.

Nico de Wee[1]

Daniel Mangeas, (born 10 April 1949) is a former baker who has been the commentator of the Tour de France and other important cycle races in France and Belgium since 1974. He commentates on 200 events a year,[1] but tries to never speak for the rest of the day after races, to preserve his voice.[2]


Mangeas is from Saint-Martin-de-Landelles in Normandy, he was born in Mortain (Manche). He comes from a cycling family. He saw the Tour de France for the first time at four years old. He also watched his cousin ride. He worked as a baker for 10 years in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët[3] before being discovered by Albert Bouvet, the deputy director of the Tour de France.[4] Mangeas recounted in an interview with Vélo 101 that he had commentated on table-football games among friends when he was a child, and commented on his first bike race when he was 15 years old.[5]

Tour de France

He continued commentating after finishing his national service at 21, was heard by Albert Bouvet and recruited for the 1974 Tour de France as deputy speaker. He rode ahead of the race in an air-conditioned Chevrolet ("which were pretty rare at the time") to stand in for the main speaker, Pierre Shori. Shori's car broke down on the Saint-Lary-Soulan stage and Mangeas had to take over at the finish. Until then he had spoken only at the starts and at time trials.[6] He said:

He became the main speaker two years later, presenting riders at the start of each day's race for two hours, then driving the length of the race and commentating the last 50 km at the finish.

Mangeas' commentating has been praised for its energy and his knowledge of details about each rider.[8] On the other hand, he is criticised for presenting an over-optimistic view of the sport of cycling.[9]


  1. ^ a b de Wee, Nico (24 July 2004). "Interview de Daniel Mangeas : " La Voix " parle" (in French). Velo 101. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Interview exclusive de Daniel Mangeas - La voix du Tour" (in French). 23 June 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Drucker, Michel; Mangeas, Daniel. "Vivement le Tour"Summary of . Solar. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Daniel Mangeas, des vélos dans la voix, n°62Reflets, June–July 2007, Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie
  5. ^ de Wee, Nico (24 July 2004). "Interview de Daniel Mangeas : " La Voix " parle" (in French). Velo 101. Retrieved 8 November 2008. When I was small, there were bike races in our village with my friends and I always had to commentate even though I was a shy child. Then, in the only bar in the village there was a table-football game and I used to commentate on games between my friends. The man who ran the café, Henri Pigeon, was president of the comité des fêtes and he was looking for a commentator for a race in the village. I was 15 and he asked me to do it one Sunday and that was my first official race. 
  6. ^ Journal du Dimanche, France, 27 July 2003
  7. ^ "Daniel Mangeas, la voix du Tour depuis 34 ans" (in French).  
  8. ^ Libération, France; July 1999. Retrieved on 8 November 2008.
    "The microphone-man dances almost on one foot, crying the records of the 177 riders without ever forgetting to say that is one rider is so strong it's because he eats only black radish. Finally he shuts up, still ringing in your head... He's like a gong that rings on and on without stopping."
  9. ^ Libération, France; July 1999. Retrieved on 8 November 2008.
    "He evokes a dream world of cycling without cheats, where all the riders are good boys. And where all the team doctors are like family doctors in the countryside, in corduroy trousers, with a pipe in their mouth. You can't count on Mangeas to empty the gutters of cycling... The smoke of doping doesn't inconvenience him. For the 28 years that he has held the job, he has seen riders climbing on to his podium. Little guys, big guys, even guys stuffed with corticoids."
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.