A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 88
2001 There is no greater prize for a French rider than a Tour stage on Bastille Day.
Before 2001, only three French coureurs had ever achieved the dream on two occasions. On a greasy, damp day in Alsace, France held its breath.
One of the country’s heroes, Laurent ‘The Panda’ Jalabert was in the twilight of his career, but he rose to the occasion, attacking every descent in the treacherous conditions to win alone.
A sprinter by trade, Jalabert won the King of the Mountains competition in 2001 to become one of the few riders to have won both the green and polka-dot jerseys..
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