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Luc Leblanc : biography

04 August 1966 -

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

Major achievements

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
national road race championship
GP du Midi Libre
1993
Vayrac
1994
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

Biography

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, becaused 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.

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

Doping

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

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