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Laurent Jalabert Retiring(11 posts)

Laurent Jalabert Retiringyeah right
Jul 16, 2002 9:41 AM
I would sware I heard that he had signed an extension with CSC, but appearently is calling it quits. Where will JaJa go down in cycling history? A champion? An underachiever?

What are your thoughts?

http://espn.go.com/oly/news/2002/0716/1406280.html
That's a shame......Dave Hickey
Jul 16, 2002 9:58 AM
JaJa is my favorite current rider. ESPN said he is 33. I thought he is 36.
I though Phil and Paul said 36PhatMatt
Jul 16, 2002 10:06 AM
I think I would go with 36, as I think ESPN is lucky o get his name correct. But ESPN did do a good job covering the NHL playoffs.

Matt
I though Phil and Paul said 36Dave Hickey
Jul 16, 2002 10:13 AM
I heard it from Phil and Paul also. Given their track record, I don't know who to believe. I agree with you on the NHL playoffs. I really like Barry Melrose and the Bud Light commercials. Being a Stars fan, I can't wait until this fall.
Same HerePhatMatt
Jul 16, 2002 10:16 AM
A couple of my local AHL guy were called up mid season and I have enjoyed watching them in the big leagues.
What city?Dave Hickey
Jul 16, 2002 10:20 AM
Salt Lake CityPhatMatt
Jul 16, 2002 10:31 AM
You all got Sim and Erskin. It is nice to be able to say I skated once on the dame ice as those guys.
I though Phil and Paul said 36yeah right
Jul 16, 2002 10:21 AM
I have to agree about espn in general, but they have been doing a better job with tour coverage this year. Agree with NHL comments.
He's had a terrible TDF. Hopefully he'll change his mind. -nmTig
Jul 16, 2002 10:50 AM
The man is pure class,TJeanloz
Jul 16, 2002 12:54 PM
Jalabert is cycling's champion, probably the top all around racer since perhaps Merckx. That may be an over statement, but the man is good.

Consider:

Points jersey winner (green TdF) in the Tour, Giro and Vuelta.
Stage wins in the Tour, Giro, and Vuelta.
Winner of the Vuelta (1995).
Winner of Fleche-Wallonne (1995, 1997).
Winner of Milan-San Remo (1995).
Winner of Midi-Libire (1996).
Winner of Classique des Alpes (1996, 1998).
Owner of Paris-Nice (1995, 1996, 1997).
Winner of World Championships (Time Trial 1998).
2nd in Worlds Road Race.
Winner of Tour of Romandie.
Winner of Tour of the Med.
Winner of Clasica San Sabastian
Winner of KOM jersey (polka dot) TdF 2001.

And those are just the highlights. Not many riders with that kind of resume. He held the world #1 spot forever in the mid-1990s, and his only real knock is lack of a TdF victory, which can be largely attributed to the unfortunate situation of riding at the same time as Lance Armstrong and Miguel Indurain.
Could not agree moregrandemamou
Jul 16, 2002 2:24 PM
I think he suffered from the same problem as Olano. Olano wasn't Indurain and Jalabert was not Hinault. He is a heck of a rider though, and pure class.