August 31, 2010 (Paris, France) – Laurent Fignon, who won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984, passed away this morning at the age of 50 reports CBC. Fignon declared in 2009 that he was suffering from intestinal cancer. At the age of 22, he was among the youngest riders to have won the TdF and one of the last French riders (together with Bernard Hinault in 1985) to have won the event. Fignon notably lost by only eight seconds to Greg LeMond in 1989.
Fignon twice tested positive for banned substances and admitted in a 2009 autobiography (Nous étions jeunes et insouciants) that the use of illegal stimulants was widespread among the peloton in the 1980s. He discounted a link between doping products and his cancer.
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