Adieu Laurent Fignon. 1960-2010.
Sad day today. The passing this morning of Laurent Fignon after a very courageous battle against cancer hit home. He was only 50, a milestone I'll reach myself within a few weeks. Way, WAY too flippin young. A forced reflection on the capricious nature of life, luck and health. Fignon's life should be deemed full, but not complete. He accomplished a lot in his short 50 years. In addition to his well documented victories, he saved and then ran Paris-Nice for a few years, opened the Centre Laurent Fignon in the Pyrenees (a highly recommended lodging place for cyclosportifs), and provided insightful TV commentary during the Tour de France. And like Jacques Anquetil before him, he campaigned one final Tour, while fighting a maladie that would take him a few weeks later. He was, according to those who knew him better, a private family man. A loving husband and father. I'm really bothered by Fignon's passing, this champion from my own age cohort. It just do