"He did not believe he could lose."
August 31, 2010 11:07 AM Subscribe
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Laurent Fignon, French cycling champion
, two-time winner (1983-84) of the Tour de France, has died of cancer at 50.
Many Americans came to know him as the man Greg LeMond beat by 8 seconds in the fastest ever (at the time) time trial in the 1989 TDF.
In his autobiography "We Were Young and Carefree ("Nous étions jeunes et insouciants")
," Fignon discussed his use of amphetamines during his career and denied speculation that they had any significance to his cancer.
on Fignon's death.
From Le Monde (in French)
(the French news site, not Greg)
I first heard of Fignon in relation to Greg LeMond, in E.M. Swift's SI piece "Le Grand LeMond"
, in Fignon is characterized by his arrogance and his flowing blond ponytail, which he disdains to sully with a helmet.
There was, of course, so much more