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Laurent Fignon dies at age 50

Today the great French cycling champion Laurent Fignon dies after a long battle with cancer at age only 50. This is sad day for all those who are fans of professional cycling and the Tour de France. I first started watching the Tour in 1989, the year of Fignon's most notorious ride, not because he won but because he lost so dramatically in the final time trial to the American Greg Lemond by the narrowest margins ever, only 8 seconds!
However Fignon should not be remembered for that infamous defeat but more for his great victories of which there were many. Two Tours de France, 1 Giro d'Italia, 2 Milan San Remo, a Fleche Wallone a National Title and countless other stage wins and victories in smaller races. Perhaps even more he should be remembered for the pure grace and style with which he rode the bike. He was one of the Tour's most enigmatic of champions, difficult with the press, unpredictable and yet at times,he rode with such effortless beauty that he seemed to be completely at one with his machine.
He was for me a true inspiration and i will remember his great rides and pure class as long as i love the sport of cycling! Au revoir Laurent,you were a true Champion!