Saturday 16 December 2017

Cycling: Tour legend Fignon dies

Laurent Fignon, the Frenchman who twice won the Tour de France but was defeated by American rival Greg LeMond in arguably the event's greatest race, died yesterday at the age of 50.

Fignon, who won the event in 1983 and 1984 and finished second to LeMond by just eight seconds in 1989, had been fighting cancer.

The Frenchman also won the 1989 Giro d'Italia and the Milan-San Remo in 1988 and 1989.

After retiring he managed races, most notably the Paris-Nice event until 2004, before turning his hand to television work.

Meanwhile, at the Vuelta yesterday, Igor Anton gave the Spanish their first home stage winner after he won a mountainous fourth leg. Philippe Gilbert, of Belgium, remained the overall leader while Nicolas Roche climbed to 11th overall after finishing eighth yesterday.

Philip Deignan finished 186th in yesterday's stage, which saw him drop 30 places to 162nd overall.

Irish Independent

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