August 29, 2014
GRENOBLE, France (AP) - Former French ski champion Luc Alphand
has undergone spinal surgery following a weekend accident in a motorcycle race.
Alphand's managers, GPS Performance, said Monday that Alphand damaged his spinal column and was operated on in the southern French city of Clermont-Ferrand.
He was flown by helicopter to a hospital after the accident Sunday during the Rand'Auvergne all-terrain motorcycle race.
Alphand was a World Cup downhill champion for three consecutive
years starting in 1995 before turning to auto racing. He won the Dakar Rally in 2006.