|In the days before he became
world No.1, Laurent Jalabert struggled as much as any of
the riders in the high mountains. (Here seen suffering at
Alpe d'Huez). Though his climbing has improved
tremendously, it remains to be seen whether he will ever
be a realistic Tour de France challenger.
Though 1997 has not been one of his best years, he has finished it strongly with a good ride in the Vuelta d'Espagne, followed up with wins in the World time trial championships and the Tour of Lombardy.