RIP Laurent Fignon

Laurent Fignon has died at 50 years of age from Cancer. Laurent won the first of his 2 successive Tour de France titles as a 22 year old in 1982. Despite the many successes of his career, Fignon will be best remembered for the extraordinarily narrow margin of his defeat on that day in 1989, the tightest finish in the Tour’s history.

In 2006 he opened the Centre Laurent Fignon, a hotel in the Pyrenees offering cyclists guided tours up the infamously gruelling ascents of the region.

Fignon was supported through his final illness by his second wife Valerie, whom he married in 2008. He divorced his first wife, with whom he had two children, in 2000.

“I love life, laughter, travel, books, good food, like a good Frenchman,” he said earlier this year.