Cycling - Ex-Vuelta winner Jalabert 'seriously injured' in accident

Former cyclist Laurent Jalabert has been seriously injured in a road accident, French police have confirmed.

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Laurent Jalabert

Jalabert, who won the Vuelta a Espana in 1995 and was world time trial champion in 1997, was on his bike when he was hit by a car travelling in the opposite direction near Montauban, a town in the south of France.

"He is not in danger," a spokesman said.

The vehicle suddenly turned left, cutting across Jalabert who had the right of way, the police said.

The 44-year-old suffered several fractures and was briefly unconscious when the emergency services arrived.

He was transferred to hospital to undergo surgery, a source close to the former rider told French radio RTL.

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