|Full name||Luc Leblanc|
4 August 1966 |
|1994 World road race champion|
|Infobox last updated on
June 28, 2008
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.
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.
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. 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.
The yellow jersey that he received for leading the general classification, he gave to Poulidor. 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.
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.
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.
In 1999, Leblanc was fired by Polti, because Leblanc was injured and could not continue his career. 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.
In 2004, Leblanc became team captain for Chocolade Jacques in 2004.
- GP Plouay
- Dun Le Palestel
- GP de Wallonie
- Tour du Haut-Var
- Bol d'or des Monédières Chaumeil
- Tour de France:
- 5th place overall classification
- wearing yellow jersey for one day after Stage 12
- France national road race championship
- GP du Midi Libre
- World Cycling Road Race Championships
- Vuelta a España:
- Tour de France
- 4th place overall classification
- winner stage 11
- Ronde d'Aix-en-Provence
- Tour de France
- 6th place overall classification
- Winner stage 7
- Giro del Trentino
- "Memo Luc Leblanc" (in Dutch).
- "Wielerhelden - Luc Leblanc" (in Dutch). 04-01-2006. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- 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.
- "78ème Tour de France 1991" (in French). Memoire du Cyclisme.
- Bart Jungmann (4 March 1999). "Stakingsleider stopt met tegenzin" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant.
- "Luc Leblanc dagvaardt UCI en wielerbonden" (in Dutch). Cyclingwebsite. 6 February 2007.
- "Leblanc wordt ploegleider bij Chocolade Jacques" (in Dutch). Cyclingwebsite. 28 April 2004.
- "Luc Leblanc in the Village Départ". Paris.Thover. July 8, 2007.
- Olivier Hamoir (25 October 2000). "Virenque: 'I took drugs, I had no choice'". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- "Virenque's confession exposes cycling's dark side". CNNSI. October 24, 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-13.