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Laurent Jalabert Photo Gallery

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Laurent Jalabert (born November 30, 1968) was one of the dominant riders of the second half of the 1990s, being the UCI number one ranked road rider in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.

Jalabert won several classics, including Milano-San Remo (1995), Giro di Lombardia (1997) as well as several important stage races, the Vuelta a España, Paris-Nice and the Tour of Romandie.

He was a speedy finisher and early in his career he successfully mixed it up in the elbow-bashing sprint finishers. But a horrible crash in the 1994 Tour de France caused him to change his racing style and he became less of a pure sprinter and more of an all-round road racer.

Still, he continued to use his remarkable turn of speed to good effect. He won the points classifications of the Tour de France twice (1992, 1995), the Vuelta four times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997) and the Giro d'Italia (1999).

Late in his career he sought the mountains classification in the Tour de France and won it twice (2001, 2002).

But, Jalabert was a racer of the 1990s and like nearly every other successful racer of his era, he used EPO. In 2013 the French senate released the names of riders shown by retrospective testing to have used the performance enhancing drug in the 1998 Tour de France, and Jalabert was among them. He refused to acknowledge that he knowingly took the drug, blaming his team doctors for the positive. Also, Jalabert was instrumental in having the Spanish teams pull out of the 1998 Tour as the doping crises deepened.

Major victories and high placings:

UCI #1 rider 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999

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Professional Teams:

1989: Toshiba
1990: Toshiba-look
1991: Toshiba
1992-1998: ONCE
1999-2000: ONCE-Deutsche Bank
2001-2002: CSC-Tiscali

Nicknames: Panda, Ja-Ja


Photos:

Laurent Jalabert in 1991

Laurent Jalabert in 1991 at the Giro del Piemonte.

Laurent Jalabert

1992: Jalabert (in yellow) on the Kruisberg in the Tour of Flanders.

Laurent Jalabert at the 1992 Giro

Jalabert time trials to Sansepulcro in stage 4 of the 1992 Giro d'Italia.

Jalabert in the 1992 Tour de France

1992 Tour de France, stage 12: Jalabert crosses the line 11th, but is relegated to twelfth after protest.

1992 World finish

Gianni Bugno beats Jalabert in the 1992 Word Championships.

1992 World's podium

1992 World's podium at Benidorm Spain, from the ledt: Jalabert, Gianni Bugno and Dimitri Konyshev.

1995 Milano-San Remo

1995 Milano-San Remo: Maurizio Fondriest leads Jalabert.

Laurent Jalabert and Maurizio Fondriest

1995 Milano-San Remo: Fondriest and Jalabert rip down the Poggio.

1995 Milano-San Remo

Jalabert wins 1995 Milano-San Remo in front of Fondriest.

Laurent Jalabert

Jalabert climbs in the 1995 Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Laurent Jalabert in the 1995 Tour de France

Jalabert rounds a corner in the rain during the 1995 Tour de France prologue.

Team ONCE in the 1995 Tour de France

Jalabert (in yellow) and his ONCE squad ride the team time trial in stage 3 of the 1995 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert and Bjarne Riis

Jalabert (no longer in yellow) and Bjarne Riis at stage 7 of the 1995 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert in the 1995 Tour de France

1995 Tour de France, stage 8: Jalabert, in the green points leader's jersey, time trial to Seraing.

Laurent Jalabert wins 199t5 Tour de france stage 12

Jalabert wins the 1995 Tour's 12th stage in Mende by a half minute.

Jalabert in the 1995 Tour de France

Stage 15 of the 1995 Tour: Jalabert climbs to Cauterets.

Alex Zulle and Laurent Jalabert

1996 Tour de France: Alex Zulle (in yellow) and Jalabert at the start of stage two.

Laurent Jalabert

A hot day in the mountains as Jalabert climbs at Les Arcs in stage 7 of the 1996 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert

1996 Tour de France, stage 8: Laurent Jalabert time trials to Val d'Isere.

Laurent Jalabert in the 1996 Giro di lombardia

Jalabert leads in the 1996 Giro di Lombardia.

Jalabert in the 1997 Tour de France

Jalabert rides the 1997 Tour de France prologue.

Laurent Jalabert

Laurent Jalabert climbs to Loudenvielle in stage 9 of the 1997 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert

Looks like Jalabert has passed a rider in the St. Etienne stage 12 time trial in the 1997 Tour.

Jalabert climbs to l'Alpe d'Huez in the 1997 Tour de France

Climbing to l'Alpe d'Huez in the 1997 Tour de France.

Jalabert rides to Morzine in the 1997 Tour de France

Stage 15 of the 1997 Tour de France: Laurent Jalabert rides to Morzine. Marco Pantani won the stage.

1997 Giro di lombardia

Jalabert wins the 1997 Giro di Lombardia.

1998 Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium

1998 Liège-Bastogne-Liège podium, from left: 2nd place Laurent Jalabert, winner Michele Bartolo and 3rd place Rodolfo Massi.

Laurent Jalabert in the 1998 Tour de France

Jalabert climbs to Plateau de Beille in stage 11 of the 1998 Tour de France.

Jalabert rides to Les Deux Alpes

A miserable day in the saddle. Jalabert climbs to Les Deux Alpes in the 1998 Tour de France.

Jalabert in the 1998 Tour de France

Jalabert in stage 16 to Albertville in the 1998 Tour de France.

Jalabert in the 1999 Giro d'Italia

Jalabert talks to his director in stage one of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Laurent Jalabert wins stage 4 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia

Jalabert wins stage 4 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia in Terme Luigiane.

Jalabert cliumbs in stage 5 of the 1999 Giro

Jalabert climbs in stage 5 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Jalabert in the 1999 Giro d'Italia

1999 Giro d'Italia, stage 8: Marco Pantani leads pink-clad Jalabert.

Jalabert time trials in stage 9 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia

Laurent Jalabert time trials in stage 9 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Laurent Jalabert in pink

In the leader's pink jersey Jalabert rides stage 10 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Jalabert in the 1999 Giro

Still in pink, Jalabert rides to Sassuolo in stage 12 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Jalabert in stage 13 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia

Laurent Jalabert mixes it up in the sprint of stage 13. He's to the right, wearing a cap and the pink jersey.

Laurent Jalabert

Jalabert descends a narrow alpine road on the way to Borgo San Dalmozzo in stage 14 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Marco pantani and Laurent Jalabert

Castarophe hasn't stuck Marco Pantani yet in the 1999 Giro. Here Pantani, now the maglia rosa, leads Jalabert in stage 15 on the road to Oropa.

Laurent Jalabert beat Marco Pantani in stage 16 of the 1999 Giro d'Italia

Laurent Jalabert just beats Marco Pantani (and Gilberto Simoni who isn't in the photo) in Lumezzane at the end of stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia.

Jalabert time trials in stage 18 of the 1999 Giro

Jalabert races through Treviso in the stage 18 time trial of the 1999 Giro d'Italia.

Marco pantani and Laurent Jalabert

Marco Pantani explains things to Jalabert (now in the points leader's jersey) in stage 19 of the 1999 Giro.

Jalabert in stage 20 of the 1999 Giro

Jalabert races to Madonna di Campiglio in stage 20 of the 1999 Giro.

Jlabert follows pantani in the 1999 Giro

Still the 20th stage of the 1999 Giro. Pantani is in his last day in pink as Jalabert (in purple) follows Roberto Heras and Pantani.

Jalabert in stage 21 of the 1999 Giro

Jalabert grabs a jacket before a cold descent in stage 21 of the 1991 Giro. Pantani has been stripped of his pink jersey and gone home after he had a positive for a too-high hematocrit that morning.

Jersey winners ride to Milano

The jersey winners promenade to Milano in the final stage of the 1999 Giro d'Italia. From left: Blue Intergiro Fabrizio Guidi, Pink GC Ivan Gotti, Purple Points Laurent Jalabert and Green Climber's José Jaime Gonzalez.

Jalabert takes off in the 2000 Tour de France

Laurent Jalabert rolls off in Futuroscope in stage 1 of the 2000 Tour de France.

Jalabert in yellow

Jalabert in yellow after stage 4 of the 2000 Tour de France.

Stage 6 of the 2000 Tour de france begins

Stage 6 of the 2000 Tour de France begins in Vitre. Jalabert is in yellow.

Laurnet Jalabert in the 2000 Tour de France

2000 Tour de France, stage 10: Jalabert looks to be having no fun riding to Hautacam.

Jalabert climbs Mt Ventoux

Laurent Jalabert climbs Mt Ventoux in stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert

Riding to Courchevel in the 2000 Tour de France

Jlabert time trials in the 2000 Tour

Jalabert time trials to Mulhouse in stage 19 of the 2000 Tour de France.

Jalabert wins the 2001 Tour de france's fourth stage

Jalabert wins the 2001 Tour's fourth stage in Verdun.

Jalabert wins stage 7 of the 2001 Tour de france

He does it again! This time stage seven ending in Colmar.

Laruent Jalabert

Laurent Jalabert climbs to l'Alpe d'Huez in stage 10 of the 2001 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert

Laurent Jalabert has gained the polka-dot climber's jersey. Here he time trials to St. Amand Montrond in stage 18 of the 2001 Tour de France.

Laurent Jalabert  wins the Clasica San Sebastian

Jalabert wins the 2001 Clasica San Sebastian. Francesco Casagrande on the right came in second and David Rebellin on the left, was third.

Laurent Jalabert

Laurent Jalabert climbs with yellow jersey'd teammate Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano to La Mongie in stage 11 of the 2002 Tour de France. At the end of the stage Lance Armstrong would be in yellow.

Carlos Sastre and Laurent Jalabert

Jalabert leads Carlos Sastre to La Plagne in stage 16 of the 2002 Tour de France.

Jalabert and Armstrong

Jalabert and Armstrong with family during the final awards of the 2002 Tour de France.

Jalabert wins the 2002 San Sebastian Classic

In 2002 Jalabert wins his second consecutive San Sebastian Classic.

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