Laurent Fignon Biography
(Road Bicycle Racer)
Birthday: August 12, 1960 (Leo)
Born In: Paris, France
Laurent Patrick Fignon was a French professional road bicycle racer. “He was respected in the pack and, at his peak, he was feared, not admired.”- This is what a historian had to say about Laurent Patrick Fignon, the French road bicycle racer. He is best known for his amazing wins at the Tour De France in the years 1983 and 1984 and the Giro d’Italia or the Tour of Italy in 1989. Fignon took to cycling when he was a fifteen year old teenager and practiced on his father’s Vigneron bike. In the initial phase of his career, he won more than 50 amateur cycling races. He participated in many prestigious cycle race championships like Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan, La Flèche Wallonne, Milan–San Remo, Ronde van Nederland, Grand Prix des Nations and Trofeo Baracchi among others. In the 1989 Tour de France, he lost to Greg LeMond by a margin of 8 seconds, the smallest margin of victory recorded in the event. Fignon did not belong to any specific category of racer. In his best form, he could become anything: a master sprinter or a wheeler or an adventurer. After his retirement, he worked as a race organizer as well as a TV commentator. Laurent Fignon died of cancer at the age of 50.