Doctors report three broken vertebrae
By VeloNews Interactive — Copyright AFP2001
Laurent Jalabert will be off of his bike for at least a month after fracturing three vertebrae in a freak accident while changing a light bulb in his home in Geneva, Switzerland late Monday.
The 32-year-old Jalabert was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors diagnosed the fractures in his lower back during a CAT scan on Tuesday. Jalabert was changing a light bulb when he lost his balance and fell.
The one-time world’s number one is a member of the Danish CSC team — a team that most recently competed under the sponsorship of the computer component manufacturer Memory Card. The team is managed by former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis.
CSC director sportif Johnny Weltz said Jalabert’s injuries will most certainly keep him from competing in this year’s spring classics, but he should recover in time to contest races this summer, including the Tour de France. That is assuming, of course, that the team is able to secure one of the remaining wildcard spots still open. Despite its aggressive late-season recruiting efforts, the team was not among the 16 teams offered slots at the Tour last month. CSC is one eight teams now vying for four remaining wild card spots.
Jalabert, who is expected to remain in the hospital for at least three days, joined the CSC team at the end of 2000 after leaving the Spanish ONCE squad.