Laurent Fignon at the 1992 Tour de France
photo by Velodenz, Creative Commons
As many cycling fans know, Laurent Fignon was winner of the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984, as well as the winner of the 1989 Giro d’Italia. 1989 was a mixed year for him, since he came second to Greg Lemond in what must be seen as the most exciting Tour de France of modern times. In addition to his success in stage races, M. Fignon won, among other victories, Milan-San Remo twice. He went on to a post-racing career life as a race organizer, and included Paris-Nice among his projects.
As first reported last summer, he is suffering from cancer of the digestive tract. This has spread to his lungs and he is not reacting well to chemotherapy. A scrappy, unpredictable and exciting cyclist in his day, he is not prepared to give up on this challenge either.
Anyone wanting to send him a Get Well card (and I plan to do so) can send it to:
126, rue du Maréchal Leclerc,
or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org