Torch Relay Stage 14: Vineyards and sport in Bordeaux and Libournais. PARIS 2024

On its journey to Paris, the Olympic torch passed through the heart of Bordeaux's outstanding vineyards on the 14th stage of the relay, highlighting the region's world-renowned expertise and heritage.

Sport was also in the spotlight with 220 Olympic torchbearers, including many athletes, and two team relays organised by the roller skating, skateboarding and hockey federations to give the people of the Gironde a great experience. 

At the end of the day, chef Thierry Marx, one of the first four ambassadors of the torch relay, lit the cauldron in the famous Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux, putting the finishing touches to the combination of wine, sport and cuisine that has come to define this corner of the world. 

The Olympic torch had an unforgettable experience in the heart of one of the most beautiful and prestigious wine regions in the world. Throughout the day, it shone a light on this passion for excellence, venturing into the vineyards of Saint-Émilion and making a detour to the Château du Cheval Blanc, which boasts 39 hectares of vines. 

It also met the Cité du Vin, which is currently hosting En(jeux) au Stade comme à la Vigne, an exhibition that has been awarded the label 'Olympiade culturelle', in a new crossover between the Torch Relay and culture. The exhibition combines sports photography with the testimony of wine growers to strengthen the link between two worlds that are constantly pushing back the frontiers. 

The torch lit up the local sporting venues, including the Bouscat racecourse, a 42-hectare green space that pays homage to the Gironde's equestrian tradition. It also passed by the Jean-Antoine Moueix stadium in Libourne and the UCPA Aqua stadium in Mérignac, before touching the grass on the banks of the Dordogne (Libourne) and over the Garonne (Lormont) and sailing around Lac des Dagueys. 

Activities were organised throughout the region to involve the local population. In Saint-Émilion, crowds lined the streets to the beat of a brass band, while at Le Bouscat racecourse, 70 children dressed in the colours of the Olympic rings shared their positive vibes with the public. In Libourne and Mérignac, two freestyle football and breakdancing shows gave the public a taste of these disciplines. 

Bordeaux also soaked up the sporting spirit. Some of the visitors to the Place des Quinquonces were able to try their hand at surfing and shooting on simulators, as well as taking part in a giant table football match. There was also an exhibition about the Olympic torchbearers. 

The fans went wild at the sight of the many champions among the 200 torchbearers. Pierre Durand, Olympic gold medallist in team jumping at Seoul '88, was the star in Saint-Émilion. Guylaine Berger Talochino, French swimming champion in the 1970s and 1980s, passed the torch to shooter Véronique Girardet, skeet world champion. 

Fencer Fabrice Jeannet, former French rugby captain Thierry Dusautoir, rower Michel Andrieux and French surfing champion Justine Dupont also waved to the crowds. The penultimate torchbearer of the day was the French breaking coach, Omar Remichi (B'Boy Chakal), who handed it over to one of the relay's ambassadors, Thierry Marx. With his talent, daring and avant-garde flair, this chef flies the flag for France on the international gastronomic scene. He had the honour of lighting the cauldron in Bordeaux. The influencer Tuvok 12, famous for his positive communication, was also present. 

As every day, a number of anonymous people carried the Olympic torch, such as Maxine Mac Gregor, who is still passionate about sport at the age of 85, the young skateboarder Capucine Sipoir (12 years old) and the amateur footballer Anouchka Andre. There were also people who work for others, such as Sandra Lefumat, a secondary school teacher, and Stéphanie Goulinat, who works to promote inclusivity and accessibility in sport. 

There was plenty of sport in Bordeaux with two team relays. The first was organised by the French Hockey Federation and captained by Jean-Luc Darfeuille, a player who took part in the 1972 Munich Games. Para-hockey and street hockey pitches were set up near the Miroir d'eau, an iconic landmark of the city.

The French Roller Skating and Skateboarding Federation held a team relay on the banks of the Garonne. Locals applauded the 24 riders at the Les Chartrons skate park, a popular venue for those who practise these urban sports. Vincent Milou, fourth in the street category at the Tokyo Olympics and one of the French hopefuls for the Paris Games, was the captain.