Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke is a Belgian racing cyclist , born on in Mouscron.
In 1973, Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke became European Pursuit Champion and Belgian Pursuit Champion. In 1974, he won the title of Belgian omnium champion and Belgian road champion. As an amateur, he had 220 track and road victories.
He turned professional in September 1975 and remained so until May 1988. He won 73 races during his career. His qualities as a former track racer enabled him to win 19 prologues.
During an interview with the newspaper L’Équipe, on the 14 and October, Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke tells the journalist: “It’s true that during the Tour de France, where I was struggling, I took anabolic steroids quite regularly, on the order of the doctor. (…) For more than three weeks, in the Tour de France, we are asked for superhuman efforts and I needed someone to give me something to hold on. Many do the same, believe me, and I don’t see the solution, except to shorten the stages.
After leaving the peloton as a rider, Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke became sports director of the Lotto cycling team from 1988 to 1999. In 2002, he was accused of fraud linked to the positive control of Djamolidine Abdoujaparov in 1997 for having manipulated the team’s accounts in order to hide doping-related expenses: in 2008, the Tournai criminal court ordered a dismissal because of the prescription of the facts. After his career, he became the director of Samyn and Binche-Chimay-Binche.
He is the uncle of Frank Vandenbroucke, himself a professional racing cyclist.
Excerpt from Wikipedia France (translated via Google Translate)