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Luc Alphand (born 6 August 1965) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from France. He specialized in the speed events and later became a race car driver.

Luc Alphand
Alpine skier 
Disciplines
Born (1965-08-06) 6 August 1965 (age 53)
Briançon, Hautes-Alpes, France
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
World Cup debut7 December 1987 (age 22)
(first top 15 finish)
RetiredMarch 1997 (age 31)
Websiteluc-alphand.com
Olympics
Teams3 - (1988, 1992, 1994)
Medals0
World Championships
Teams4 - (1985, 1993, 1996, 1997)
Medals1 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons10 - (198897)
Wins12 - (10 DH, 2 SG)
Podiums23 - (18 DH, 5 SG)
Overall titles1 - (1997)
Discipline titles4 - (3 DH, 1 SG)

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Ski racingEdit

Born in Briançon (Hautes-Alpes), Alphand made his World Cup debut in 1984. In 1997 he won the World Cup overall title by collecting points only in the two speed disciplines, downhill and super G – a unique achievement in World Cup history. For this accomplishment he was voted L'Equipe Champion of Champions in 1997.[1] The previous year he won a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships at Sierra Nevada, Spain.

In the village of Chantemerle (which neighbours his home town of Briançon in the Serre-Chevalier region) an expert ski run has been named in his honour.

His daughter, Estelle Alphand, represents Sweden in FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

World Cup resultsEdit

Season standingsEdit

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1988 22 61 16 37
1989 23 40 10
1990 24 80 21
1991 25 35 10 17
1992 26 53 19 25
1993 27 59 20 40 23
1994 28 27 17 14
1995 29 8 14 1 11
1996 30 4 4 1
1997 31 1 1 1

Season titlesEdit

Season Discipline
1995 Downhill
1996 Downhill
1997 Overall
Downhill
Super G

Race victoriesEdit

  • 12 wins (10 DH, 2 SG)
  • 23 podiums (18 DH, 5 SG)
Season Date Location Discipline
1995 13 Jan 1995   Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
14 Jan 1995 Downhill
15 Mar 1995   Bormio, Italy Downhill
1996 1 Dec 1995   Vail, USA Downhill
9 Dec 1995   Val-d'Isère, France Downhill
2 Feb 1996   Garmisch, Germany Downhill
1997 20 Dec 1996   Val Gardena, Italy Downhill
29 Dec 1996   Bormio, Italy Downhill
24 Jan 1997   Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
29 Jan 1997   Laax, Switzerland Super G
21 Feb 1997   Garmisch, Germany Super G
22 Feb 1997 Downhill

Other resultsEdit

  • Junior World Champion of the downhill in 1983
  • French Alpine Skiing Championship
    • Champion of the downhill in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1994
    • Champion of the super-G in 1988
    • Champion of combined in 1987

Auto racingEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20012009
TeamsLuc Alphand Aventures
Best finish7th (2006)
Class wins0

He retired from competitive skiing in 1997 and started a career in auto racing. First in the Nissan Micra Stars Cup (1997–1998), then in the European Le Mans Series (2001), the FIA GT Championship (2002), and the Lamborghini Supertrophy (2002). He won the 2006 Dakar Rally, in which he had finished runner-up a year earlier. With this victory, he was the first ex-skier to win the Paris-Dakar. He recently purchased two Corvette race cars from Pratt & Miller for use in the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Alphand suffered severe back injuries in an accident on the Rand'Auvergne all-terrain motorcycle race on 27 June 2009.[2] In November 2010 he retired from competitive auto racing due to health reasons.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001   Warm-Up Luc Alphand Aventures
  JMB Racing
  Michel Ligonnet
  Luis Marques
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 265 17th 8th
2002   Luc Alphand Aventures   Christian Lavieille
  Olivier Thévenin
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 299 24th 5th
2003   Luc Alphand Aventures   Jérôme Policand
  Frédéric Dor
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 298 21st 5th
2004   Luc Alphand Aventures   Christian Lavieille
  Philippe Almeras
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 316 16th 5th
2005   Luc Alphand Aventures   Jérôme Policand
  Christopher Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT2 311 18th 5th
2006   Luc Alphand Aventures   Patrice Goueslard
  Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 346 7th 3rd
2007   Luc Alphand Aventures   Patrice Goueslard
  Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 327 12th 7th
2008   Luc Alphand Aventures   Guillaume Moreau
  Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 335 17th 5th
2009   Luc Alphand Aventures   Stéphan Grégoire
  Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 99 DNF DNF

Dakar Rally resultsEdit

Year Class Vehicle Position Stages won
1998 Car   Mitsubishi DNF 0
1999 16th 0
2000   Schlesser-Renault DNF 0
2001 DNF 0
2002   Mitsubishi 7th 0
2003   BMW 9th 1
2004 4th 2
2005   Mitsubishi 2nd 1
2006 1st 2
2007 2nd 0
2008 Event cancelled – replaced by Central Europe Rally
2009 Car   Mitsubishi DNF 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Silk Way Rally 2016: The new adventure". Silk Way Rally. 16 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (2009-06-29). "Alphand injured in motorbike crash". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-06-29.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Luc Alphand at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stéphane Peterhansel
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

2006
Succeeded by
Stéphane Peterhansel