“It has been an absolutely exceptional tour,” said sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra

For the sports minister, it was “three weeks of happiness” “given to the French and the whole world”, which made “France shine” during this 2023 Tour which ended on Sunday 23 July.

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Amélie Oudéa-Castera, Minister of Sport, reacted to the end of the 2023 Tour de France. (MATTHIEU MIRVILLE / MATTHIEU MIRVILLE)

“It was an absolutely brilliant tour”, declared on Sunday 23 July at the microphone Francecfo Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sport, while the 2023 Tour de France ended today on the Champs-Elysées. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra takes the opportunity to congratulate the winner of the Tour, “this great champion Jonas Vingegaard winning this Tour for the second year in a row, imperial”. The sports minister also has a word for Tadej Pogacar, “who showed a lot of himself, confiding his emotions, expressing a lot of things, it was very nice to see him”she says.

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Amélie Oudéa-Castéra then retraces the last Tour of the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot who retires. From the “dazzling moments”for the minister, who “no one will forget”. “We have a great thought for him. It has been magical to see him evolve at home in the Vosges”adds.

Regarding the fact that the French only won one stage, the minister replied: “We have a generation on the rise, I think of Valentin Madouas and I wanted to salute the performance of David Gaudu and Guillaume Martin, that’s all that’s going on. We want our French to continue to shine.”

The very important fight against doping

When asked about the fight against doping while Jonas Vingegaard’s performance raises questions, the sports minister says this fight is “extremely important” AND “at the Tour, the fight against doping has been strengthening for years with blood and urine tests, even on the bike and in particular on the yellow jersey, every day”. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra reiterates it “confidence in these devices, in this sport as in others”.

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