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Former Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon dies, aged 50

  • 31-08-2010 1:06pm
    Registered Users Posts: 7,654 ✭✭✭

    BBC reporting


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,382 ✭✭✭✭greendom

    Very sad to hear this. Great competitor.

    Will never forget the time trial finish to the TDF where he lost out to Lemond by 8 seconds

  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭Smithzer


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,380 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    sad day. 2 time winner of the tour de france and most every other race as well

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,400 ✭✭✭Caroline_ie

  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭Muller_1

    Very sad news. One of my favourite riders of the 80's!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭montac

    Sad news indeed...

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,269 Mod ✭✭✭✭Chips Lovell

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  • Registered Users Posts: 348 ✭✭SACH Central

    Very sad, very sorry to hear about this.

    I read his autobiography, 'We were young and carefree', translated by William Fotheringham, on Holiday. It wasn't a great translation so personally I felt it didn't read well at all. I found it very stilted, like something you'd do for leaving cert French I'd imagine.

    At one stage he describes the crowd eating 'hot sausages' (hot dogs?) at a Munich 6 day. I found the overall tone of the book to be one of sadness, which in its self was sad. He was a great rider but will probably be remembered for as the book puts it: 'Ah, I remember you:you're the guy who lost the Tour de France by eight seconds!' Rather than: 'No monsieur, I'm the guy who won it twice'

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,414 ✭✭✭Bunnyhopper

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,124 ✭✭✭BryanL

    He was some rider, glad to have been on the roadside for the '89 tour to see him.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 11,391 Mod ✭✭✭✭Captain Havoc

    Very sorry to hear this, I just bought his autobiographie a couple of weeks ago. Here's a link to a photo tribute on l'equipe.

    Walking Tours of Kilkenny in English, French or German.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,200 ✭✭✭manwithaplan

    Sorry to hear this too. I felt awful for him in 1989 and I still think there was something noble about his old school approach to that time trial, complete with professor glasses and flying blonde hair. Still, two tours, a Giro and a dose of classics - hardly a sympathy case.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭scooters

    Very sad, I remember seeing him in the Nissan classics back when I was a kid.

    Will always remember his breakaway with Mottet on Bastille day back in the tour in 1989.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,178 ✭✭✭xz

    PARIS -- Two-time Tour de France champion Laurent Fignon has died after a battle with cancer. He was 50.

    His death was confirmed Tuesday by the French government and the French cycling federation.

    Fignon said in June 2009 that he had advanced cancer of the digestive system and was undergoing chemotherapy.

    Fignon won cycling's most prestigious in 1983 and 1984. He lost to Greg LeMond in 1989 by eight seconds, the closest finish in the history of the Tour.


  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭Muller_1

    scooters wrote: »
    Will always remember his breakaway with Mottet on Bastille day back in the tour in 1989.


    While in yellow

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,494 ✭✭✭Columbia

    Just heard Eurosport announce this on their Vuelta coverage, my heart sank. Terribly sad news, RIP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,203 ✭✭✭Junior

    Sad day for all when a legend like Fignon loses his battle to cancer, I hope he always stays young and carefree where ever he rests.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,029 ✭✭✭Pisco Sour

    Very sad news. I didnt even know he had cancer. This has come as a big shock to me :(

  • Registered Users Posts: 110 ✭✭Adelante

    “le Professeur”RIP

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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 11,667 Mod ✭✭✭✭RobFowl


    Good bye and thanks for the great memories.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,464 ✭✭✭snollup

    very sad news indeed. also in the middle of his autobiography. he was some character. RIP Laurent.

  • Registered Users Posts: 129 ✭✭redmenace1

    Sad news that. A great French cyclist and that is something that can't be said too often anymore

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,653 ✭✭✭sy

    "I love life, laughter, travel, books, good food, like a good Frenchman," he said earlier this year. Above all, however, he loved cycling.
    "Sometimes when I was physically at my best I could sense moments of utter ecstasy, those rare fleeting times when you are in total harmony with yourself and the elements around you: nature, the noise of the wind, the smells.
    "Let's not get carried away. But I have to confess: I was happy."

    Highlights for me apart from 89 Tour were his impressive attacks on the Poggio in both 88 and 89 when he won Milan San Remo on the trot. Kelly was 5th on both occassions:)

    RIP a great champion

  • Registered Users Posts: 254 ✭✭crumliniano

    RIP a great character and champion.
    Almost finished his autobiography - I think it's one of the best cycling biographies I've read - a great read.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 252 ✭✭markcroninbsc

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,093 ✭✭✭Bikerbhoy

    A sad day for our sport

    Laurent Fignon, a legend of a truly great era

    Rest In Peace.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,444 ✭✭✭TheBlaaMan

    sy wrote: »

    Thats a nice tribute to Fignon on the Telegraph website. Here's a recent photo of him with Hinault in this years Tour from


    RIP a great champion.

  • Registered Users Posts: 48 Boosterseat


    Sean Kelly paid a nice tribute to him on RTE Radio yesterday

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  • Registered Users Posts: 730 ✭✭✭antomagoo

    Sad news, just picked up a copy of his autobiography at the weekend