Laurent Jalabert (born November 30, 1968 in Mazamet) is a French former professional road racing cyclist, from 1989 to 2002. Affectionately known as “Jaja“, he won many one-day and stage races and was ranked number 1 in the 1990s. He won the Vuelta a España in 1995; as well as the leader’s jersey, he won the sprinter’s jersey and climber’s jersey all in the same race – only the second rider to have done this in a Grand Tour. With Alessandro Petacchi, Eddy Merckx and Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, he is one of only four riders to win the points classification in all three grand tours.
On retirement, in 2005, Jalabert ran the New York marathon in 2h 55m 39s, coming 391st in a field of 36,894. Jalabert has also taken up triathlon. In January 2007, he competed at Ironman Switzerland and finished with 9 hours 12 minutes. He exited the water in 1:16, which put him 966th after the swim. Once on the bike he made up significant ground with a 4:39 bike split, which allowed him to climb to 91st overall at the run transition. A 3:11 marathon was enough to gain an additional 69 places and finish 22nd of 1,850 participants. After Switzerland he qualified for the Ironman World championship in Kona, Hawaii, finishing in 9:19 and 76th overall. In June, 2008, he finished 12th overall at Ironman France in Nice, improving his swim time to 1:06 and having the second fastest bike split.