Happy birthday to Laurent Fignon who was born on August 12, 1960., and died on August 31, 2010.
The French rider is best remembered for winning the 1983 Tour de France ahead of Angel Arroyo of Spain and Peter Winnen of Belgium, and the following year ahead of Bernard Hinault of France and Greg Lemond of the USA .
In addition, Fignon won both the Giro d’Italia ahead of Flavio Giupponi of Italy and Andy Hampsten of the USA, and the Milan – San Remo classic in 1989. Fignon had won the Milan – San Remo classic the previous year as well.
Other accomplishments included:
– winning the Mountains Jersey in the 1984 Giro d’Italia
– winning the 1986 Fleche Wallonne Classic
– 3rd place in the 1987 Vuelta a Espana behind Luis Herrera of
Colombia and Raimund Dietzen of Germany.
Fignon retired from cycling in 1993. However, he remained a prominent media figure in the sport up until his death.
Viva Laurent !
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