The 2012 Tour de France ended on Sunday with Mark Cavendish’s record stage win and the overall triumph of Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins.
For this second year on the Grande Boucle, the live Orange blog was able to get a feel of the competition from within, thanks to Orange France’s sponsoring team, masterfully led by Cécile Rivieccio. During the three weeks, our team was lucky enough to meet with French legends Charly Mottet, Eric Caritoux and Patrice Esnault , go behind the scenes of the ‘caravane publicitaire’, spend a day with the AG2R team and attend the prologue in Liège and the arrival on the Champs-Élysées. We hope we managed to make you feel the same joy, enthusiasm and emotions that we felt throughout the whole competition.
Before we assess this 99th edition, we’d like to take you on a little trip down memory lane, with interviews from last season’s Tour de France with Orange Events’ Gilles Lechat and Henri Terreaux, who told us how the race had rated in comparison to previous years… Tomorrow, stay tuned on the live Orange blog to get Henri Terreaux’s thoughts on this season’s Tour de France, which he shared with us inside the Orange Events technical zone after Bradley Wiggins’ coronation on the Champs-Élysées.
So Henri, the winner of the 2011 Tour de France is on the podium, the event is coming to an end, can you share your first impressions with us ?
Out of 14 Tour de France, the 2011 Tour was one of the most challenging that I have known, one of the most difficult. It is worth mentioning that we leave one week before the start of the Tour de France, so we are on the road for 1 month. By the 2nd week, we have very short nights. Most of us arrived in Paris this morning at 3:30 a.m. coming from the Grenoble time trial. The transfer last night was again very difficult, this last stage on the Champs Elysées was not so easy to manage. [...] Read more here
What is your role in the Tour de France?
It began way before the event in fact. Henri Terreaux, the national project manager, expressed his needs in the broadband area. I analyzed his needs and I thought about the network structure that I could put in place. This came about with the making of a specific DSLAM (Ed. Note: a DSLAM = Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer is equipment linking subscriber lines and the network of the operator to which it belongs). I also salute Cyril Mourillon, the thinker on my team, who helped me a lot in building the Tour de France DSLAM. Throughout the Tour de France, I also see to managing four DSLAM [...] Read more here
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