Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 121

Best Served Cold A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2000 2000 You can always predict a fight to the finish but not a fight at the finish line. After hauling himself around France for three weeks Jeroen Blijlevens dismounted at the finish and belted American Bobby Julich in full view of judges and spectators. He was distraught when the commissars made an example of him and disqualified him from the race. Three weeks of suffering, for nothing. Vive Le Panda A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2001 2001 There is no greater prize for a French rider than a Tour stage on Bastille Day. Before 2001, only three French coureurs had 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. 121