La urent fignon

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12 Aug 1960 – 31 Aug 2010 Fignon cut an un­ortho­dox fig­ure in the pelo­ton and was out­spo­ken right from the start of his ca­reer. As a first-year pro, when it was put to him Mer­ckx had not taken him to his heart, he replied: “Mer­ckx, you say? Don’t know him.”

In 1983, Fignon won the first Tour he en­tered, start­ing as Re­nault’s leader when Bernard Hin­ault was de­clared unfit. In 1984, Fignon headed to the Giro to chal­lenge Francesco Moser. In pink on the last day he lost the jersey in the fi­nal TT, an ex­pe­ri­ence he would of course have to en­dure again years later. Fignon blamed the mys­te­ri­ous drop­ping of the Stelvio from the race route (a climb that could have put him out of sight of Moser) and the close at­ten­tion of the TV he­li­copter in front of him in the fi­nal TT, for his loss. On friend­lier ground, he re­peated his Tour win later that year.

In­jury cru­elly halted what was promis­ing to be an age of Fignon dom­i­nance. He won his first Mon­u­ment, Mi­lano-San­remo, in 1988 but it took un­til 1989 for him to re­cover his form in the grand tours when he fi­nally claimed the Giro and only lost the Tour to Greg Le­Mond by eight seconds on the race’s most cel­e­brated fi­nal day. Tour de France: 1983, 1984 Giro d’Italia: 1989 Mi­lano-San­remo: 1988, 1989 La Flèche Wal­lonne: 1986

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