Luc Leblanc

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Luc Leblanc
Personal information
Full name Luc Leblanc
Born (1966-08-04) 4 August 1966 (age 47)
Limoges, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1987–1988
1989
1990–1993
1994
1995
1995–1999
Toshiba
Histor
Castorama
Festina
Le Groupement
Polti
Major wins
1994 World road race champion
Infobox last updated on
June 28, 2008

Luc Leblanc (born August 4, 1966 in Limoges, France) is a retired professional male cyclist from France. In 1994 he became World Road Champion.

Biography[edit]

In 1978, a drunk driver hit Luc Leblanc, aged 11, and his younger brother Gilles Leblanc, aged 8. Gilles died after the accident, while Luc had to stay in the hospital for six months. After many operations, Luc could walk again, although his left leg was 3 cm shorter than his right leg, and also weaker.[1]

Initially, Leblanc wanted to become a priest, but after a physiotherapist's advice to take up cycling to solve his leg problems, and subsequently Raymond Poulidor's advice to become a professional cyclist, he did not become a priest.[2]

At the 1991 Tour de France, in the 12th stage Leblanc joined the decisive attack together with Charly Mottet and Pascal Richard. Mottet won the stage, but they finished 7 minutes ahead of the classification leader LeMond, which meant that Leblanc was the new leader.[3] The next day, Leblanc finished 12 minutes behind the winner, and lost the lead to Miguel Indurain, who would remain the leader until the end of the race.[4]

The yellow jersey that he received for leading the general classification, he gave to Poulidor.[2] His accident years earlier did lead to operations on his injuries, and in the 1992 Tour de France the effects caught up with him and he had to stop on the stage to Alpe d'Huez. Again, in 1993, his legs hurt, nothing worked, and Luc Leblanc wanted to end his cycling career. However, the last thing he decided to try was to switch to teams and he joined the Festina team.[2]

The next year, 1994, was his most successful year. At Festina, Leblanc won the 11th stage of the 1994 Tour de France ahead of Pantani and Indurain, and in the 1994 Vuelta a España he won the mountains classification. Later that year he won the 1994 UCI Road World Championships.[2]

As a world champion, Leblanc had many offers from the world's best cycling teams. He joined Le Groupement, but the team's sponsorship ended one week before the 1995 Tour de France. Leblanc moved on to the Italian team Polti. Here, needing operations on his leg again, the results were not as expected, although he won one stage at the 1996 Tour de France.[2]

In 1999, Leblanc was fired by Polti, because Leblanc was injured and could not continue his career.[5] Later, the Italian court decided that the dismissal was unfair, and Polti should pay Leblanc. In 2007, Leblanc sued the French and Italian cycling authorities and the UCI because he still had not got the money.[6]

In 2004, Leblanc became team captain for Chocolade Jacques in 2004.[7]

Later, Leblanc became a consultant for a French radio station Radio Monte Carlo during the Tour de France.[8]

Doping[edit]

After his retirement, in a trial against Richard Virenque in 2000, Leblanc admitted that he had been a cyclist that had used EPO to prepare for the Tour and the Vuelta[9][10]

Major achievements[edit]

1988
GP Plouay
1990
Dun Le Palestel
GP de Wallonie
Tour du Haut-Var
1991
Bol d'or des Monédières Chaumeil
Tour de France:
5th place overall classification
wearing yellow jersey for one day after Stage 12
1992
Calais
Quilan
 France national road race championship
GP du Midi Libre
1993
Vayrac
1994
Arc en ciel.svg World Cycling Road Race Championships
Vuelta a España:
King of the Mountains
Tour de France
4th place overall classification
winner stage 11
1995
Ronde d'Aix-en-Provence
1996
Castillon-la-Bataille
Tour de France
6th place overall classification
Winner stage 7
1997
Giro del Trentino

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Memo Luc Leblanc" (in Dutch). 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Wielerhelden - Luc Leblanc" (in Dutch). 04-01-2006. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ Bill McGann, Carol McGann (2008). The Story of the Tour de France Volume II 1965-2007. Dog Ear Publishing. pp. 199–200. ISBN 1-59858-608-4. 
  4. ^ "78ème Tour de France 1991" (in French). Memoire du Cyclisme. 
  5. ^ Bart Jungmann (4 March 1999). "Stakingsleider stopt met tegenzin" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. 
  6. ^ "Luc Leblanc dagvaardt UCI en wielerbonden" (in Dutch). Cyclingwebsite. 6 February 2007. 
  7. ^ "Leblanc wordt ploegleider bij Chocolade Jacques" (in Dutch). Cyclingwebsite. 28 April 2004. 
  8. ^ "Luc Leblanc in the Village Départ". Paris.Thover. July 8, 2007. 
  9. ^ Olivier Hamoir (25 October 2000). "Virenque: 'I took drugs, I had no choice'". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Virenque's confession exposes cycling's dark side". CNNSI. October 24, 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

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