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Factbox: Former Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon
August 31, 2010 / 2:06 PM / 7 years ago

Factbox: Former Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon

PARIS (Reuters) - Factbox on former Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon who died of cancer on Tuesday:

Born August 12 1960, in Paris.

* Fignon’s first sport was soccer until he rode his first cycling race in 1976 and won it. He had 17 more amateur races to his name when former rider Cyrille Guimard spotted him and offered him a place in his Renault-Elf Gitane team.

* He turned professional in 1982, winning his first trophy the same year in the Criterium National.

TOUR DE FRANCE

* He won his first Tour de France in 1983 when Bernard Hinault, who had won the four previous years, did not take part due to injury.

* Hinault returned to the Tour in 1984 but could not prevent Fignon winning his second title.

* A knee injury meant Fignon was unable to defend his crown the following year.

* He failed to finish the race in 1986, finished seventh in 1987 and abandoned the 1988 Tour on Bastille Day.

* He finished runner-up in 1989, losing by eight seconds to American Greg LeMond, the smallest margin ever in the race, despite having started the final-stage time trial with a 50-second lead.

OTHER SUCCESSES

* Fignon won the Fleche Wallonne in 1986, the Milan-San Remo classic in 1988 and 1989 and the Giro d‘Italia in 1989.

RETIREMENT

* Fignon retired from cycling in 1993. He revealed in a book last year that he was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and admitted having used doping products but said he did not know if they had caused his illness.

He managed races including the Paris-Nice and became France Television’s main consultant, working through the most recent Tour de France despite a voice broken by his illness.

Compiled by Toby Davis and Jean-Paul Couret; Editing by Clare Fallon

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