Retro: Flèche Wallonne 1995 Photo Gallery
PeloPics: World famous sports photographer, Cor Vos, has been digitizing a lot of his old archive during the winter and one of his latest releases is the Flèche Wallonne Belgian Classic from 1995.
The race was won by Laurent Jalabert after the ONCE team kept the speed high and controlled any attacks. 1995 was a strange time for cycling as it was in the full grip of EPO, a dark time in retrospect. The French Le Groupment team signed some big riders, Robert Millar and World champion Luc Leblanc, but it didn’t last. The team folded before the Tour de France.
A hard man, Andrei Tchmil chats with Charly Mottet
Andy Hampsten rode for Banesto for only one year
Two French heroes – Laurent Jalabert and Richard Virenque
Jean-Francois Bernard’s career was on the way down by 1995
A colorful peloton – Not much black in those days
The Wallonne countryside
Davide Rebellin – Still racing now
Robert Millar in Le Groupment colors – Now known as Philippa York
Alex Zulle led Evgueni Berzin and Jalabert before the Frenchman made his attack
Johan Bruyneel learnt a lot at ONCE which he used as a team manager
World champion Luc Leblanc – Another Le Groupment casualty
Robert Millar went on to win the British National championships in 1995
Lance Armstrong finished 22nd
Bjarne Riis also well known as a team manager
Steven Rooks finished 10th
Always a hard worker, Neil Stevens – Now with Mitchelton-Scott
Race winner Laurent Jalabert
You can see a short race video here on www.rtbf.be.
Flèche Wallonne 1995 Result:
1. Laurent Jalabert (ONCE) in 4:51:00
2. Maurizio Fondriest (Lampre) at 0:02
3. Eugeni Berzin (Gewiss-Ballan) 0:26
4. Francesco Casagrande (Mercatone Uno) at 0:50
5. Mauro Gianetti (Polti)
6. Davide Rebellin (MG-Technogym) at 0:54
7. Beat Zberg (Carrera)
8. Francesco Frattini (Gewiss-Ballan) at 0:57
9. Heinz Imboden (Refin-Cantina Tollo)
10. Steven Rooks (TVM-Gazelle) at 1:03.