Laurent Fignon: Cycling Legend Dies at 50 from Metastatic Cancer
Cycling Star Laurent Fignon Dies from Metastatic Cancer at 50
Laurent Fignon, two-time winner of the Tour de France and manager of the Radio Shack team, has died on August 31 from metastatic cancer, which started in his intestines and spread to his lungs and throat, at age 50 at Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris.
Laurent Fignon was a major cycling star, winning the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984. In 1989, Fignon missed out on a third win by a mere 8 seconds to Greg LeMond.
Said Fignon in an interview with Paris Match in January 2009, "I love life, I love to laugh, travel, books, eating well, like a good Frenchman. I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to die." In the interview, Fignon lamented being too tired to ride a bicycle.
Some of Laurent Fignon's Biggest Wins:
- 1982 Criterium National
- 1983 Tour de France
- 1984 Tour de France
- 1988 Milan-San Remo
- 1989 Tour of Italy
- 1989 Milan-San Remo
- 1993 Ruta Mexico
Laurent Fignon retired in 1995. His book about his years as a pro cyclist, We Were Young and Carefree, was published in 2009, and details his experience with doping, as well as riding with and against the biggest names in the sport.
Fignon achieved 76 victories in his career, winning the Milan-San Remo twice and the Giro d'Italia in 1989.
He announced in June 2009 that he had advanced cancer of the digestive system and was undergoing chemotherapy.