Marion Rousse and Laurent Jalabert, the secrets of their amazing couple

Marion Rousse and Laurent Jalabert, the secrets of their amazing couple

As the Tour de France begins this Saturday, France Télévisions, the main broadcaster of the Grande Boucle, will be able to count on the complementary nature of the duo of consultants, Marion Rousse and Laurent Jalabert.

It’s the big day for the Tour de France. This Saturday marks the kick-off of the 111th edition of the Grande Boucle. And while the suspense might not be there given the probable domination of Tadej Pogacar, expected to crush the race, France Télévisions is once again expecting audience figures.

The public service will broadcast all 21 stages with a now well-established team. Alexandre Pasteur will officiate the commentary alongside his consultants Laurent Jalabert and Marion Rousse for the bike part and Franck Ferrand for the history part. Thomas Voeckler will be on bike 1 and Nicolas Geay and Benoit Durand will alternate on bike 2. The live broadcast will be followed by the Vélo Club where we will find Yoann Offredo and Florent Dabadie with his daily column on the behind the scenes of the Tour.

Marion Rousse and her unrivaled art of recognizing runners

And for Alexandre Pasteur, the complementarity and popularity of the tandem formed by Laurent Jalabert and Marion Rousse are largely responsible for the success of France Télévisions. “Laurent is more about analysis, tactics, feelings. He has already done the Tour, he knows all the passes and has often recognized the stages by bike in the morning or the day before. Marion is more about her connection with the current peloton. She shares her life with a cyclist (Julian Alaphilippe), knows everything about his team, recognizes all the riders, especially foreigners, with her hyper-sharp eye. She always has little bits of information. She is very valuable and very complementary », he explained last year to
Sports Daily.

Recognizing runners is a real challenge for commentators. “Our problem is rather to recognize the riders with helmets and glasses. Why not write their name on the back of the jerseys, their name or their bib number on the helmet because we often see them from the front,” Alexandre Pasteur had also suggested on this subject.

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