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Anyone think Laurent Jalabert is really going to retire.....(3 posts)

Anyone think Laurent Jalabert is really going to retire.....BAi9302010
May 10, 2002 11:17 AM
at the end of this season? I read during last year's Tour that he was planning on retiring at the end of the 2002 season. Do any of you think that he actually will?

Personally, I think that he is in the best form of his life and if he retires, he's making a huge mistake. He's ranked 8th in the world and he is obviously the best French rider now. I also think that if all goes well, he'll probably be in the top 5 by the end of the season. He is also one of a rare breed of sprinters who can climb well. I also forgot to add that he ranked 19th in the Tour last year, which is his second best Tour performance ever.
I thought I read he committed to TSC thru 2003.Sintesi
May 10, 2002 11:28 AM
Assuming TSC tiscalli lasts that long.
I thought I read he committed to TSC thru 2003.Alpedhuez55
May 10, 2002 5:45 PM
I think Tiscali is a putting some pressure to try to get good results in the Giro. I think their contract runs out in July. I think it is silly to have a sponsor with a contract that runs out mid year. They were going to drop them last year until Jalabert won the King of the Mountains. If Tiscali does jump ship, I am sure they will find another sponsor without much trouble.

They have had so so results this spring. I think they are set for a good Giro though. They are going to race for Tyler Hamilton and think he will do a good job for them. It will be intersting to see what he can do with a team racing for him.

Riis is also close to Ullrich. I think they will find another I would not be suprised if he makes a run at Big Jan when his contract is up. I think that is either at the end of this season or next. Jan is not happy at Telecom. Zabel seems to get his way there lately. I think Ullrich needs a change.

As for Jalabert, he is having a good season. I think he is happy right now and CSC is a good fit for him. I think he has a couple of more years left in him at least. There is little pressure on him. If you look at him two years ago with Once, he just did not seem to enjoy being on the bike. Now he seems to have more enthusiasm. Considering last year at this time he was laid up with a broken back, he has come a long way. His was one of the great stories of last year. I do not think that story has ended.

Mike Y.