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Bourreau replaces Jalabert as coach of France’s national cycling team

Jalabert resigned after crashing on his bike in April; last week, he was named in a French report to have taken EPO at the 1998 Tour

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PARIS (AFP) — Bernard Bourreau has taken over from Laurent Jalabert as coach of France’s national cycling team, the French Cycling Federation (FFC) said Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Jalabert, the world time trial champion in 1997, resigned in April following a road accident in which he suffered a broken leg and an injured shoulder.

Bourreau, 61, had been Jalabert’s assistant since 2009.

Jalabert, who retired in 2002, was last week named in a French government commission’s report into the fight against doping as having tested positive for EPO during the 1998 Tour de France after samples were retroactively tested in 2004.

Jalabert stepped down from his role as a television and radio pundit just before July’s Tour began after he was named in a French newspaper as being on the French Senate commission’s list.

He has since neither confirmed nor denied the doping allegations against him.