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

Luc Leblanc
Personal information
Full nameLuc Leblanc
Born (1966-08-04) 4 August 1966 (age 53)
Limoges, France
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional team(s)
1987–1988Toshiba–Look
1989Histor–Sigma
1990–1993Castorama
1994Festina
1995Le Groupement
1995–1999Polti
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (1994, 1996)
Vuelta a España
Mountains classification (1994)

One-day races and classics

World Road Race Championships (1994)
National Road Race Championships (1992)

BiographyEdit

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 gotten 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]

DopingEdit

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

Major resultsEdit

1986
4th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 2
1987
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Tour du Limousin
6th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
6th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1988
1st GP Ouest–France
1st Stage 2 Tour d'Armorique
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Trophée des Grimpeurs
6th Overall Paris–Nice
9th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1989
2nd Bol d'or des Monédières
3rd Overall Tour du Limousin
1990
1st   Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Bol d'or des Monédières
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Tour du Vaucluse
7th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
10th Overall Critérium International
1991
1st Bol d'or des Monédières
2nd Grand Prix de Rennes
3rd Classique des Alpes
3rd Trofeo Pantalica
4th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Stage 5
5th Overall Tour de France
Held   after Stage 12
5th Overall Tour du Limousin
8th Wincanton Classic
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1992
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Prologue & Stage 4
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour de Picardie
2nd Classique des Alpes
3rd Paris–Camembert
3rd Grand Prix des Amériques
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Nissan Classic
8th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1993
1st Stage 1 Tour du Vaucluse
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Tour du Limousin
1994
1st   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Stage 1 Euskal Bizikleta
1st Stage 4 Tour of Galicia
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 11
6th Overall Vuelta a España
1st   Mountains classification
1995
9th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1996
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Classique des Alpes
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Coppa Placci
3rd Polynormande
5th Overall Route du Sud
5th Giro del Piemonte
6th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 7
7th Overall Paris–Nice
1997
1st   Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Overall Critérium International
1998
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Boucles de l'Aulne
4th Overall Critérium International
4th Overall Rheinland–Pfalz Rundfahrt
6th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Overall Tour de Romandie

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Memo Luc Leblanc" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2012-08-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Wielerhelden - Luc Leblanc" (in Dutch). 04-01-2006. Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2009-03-13. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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. Archived from the original on 2009-01-31.
  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. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Leblanc wordt ploegleider bij Chocolade Jacques" (in Dutch). Cyclingwebsite. 28 April 2004. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012.
  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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