Laurent Dufaux

Laurent Dufaux ( born May 20, 1969 in Montreux ) is a retired Swiss cyclist.

The trained plumber was considered climbing specialist and was especially successful in a very difficult routes. In 1991, he began his professional career with the team in 1993 Helvetia and moved to Spain to Once. From 1995 to 1998 he was with Festina under contract. Because of his involvement in the Festina affair during the 1998 Tour de France he was locked during seven months. He then drove for two Italian teams from 1999 to 2001, Saeco, then for Alessio ( 2002). As a member of Team Quick Step - Davitamon he finished his career in 2004.

He won, among others, the Swiss national road champion title (1991 ), the Dauphiné Libéré (1993 and 1994), the Tour de Romandie (1998) and the Championship of Zurich ( 2000). At the Tour de France twice he was in fourth position overall ( 1996, 1999 ) and twice second in the mountains classification (1996, 2003).