Tour de France winner Fignon dies

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PARIS -- Laurent Fignon, a two-time winner of the Tour de France, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 50 years old.

France 2 TV, the television network for which Fignon had worked the past five years, reported his death.

Fignon won cycling's most prestigious event in 1983 and 1984, but may best be remembered for his runner-up finish in 1989 to Greg LeMond. The American won a time trial on the final day to beat Fignon by just eight seconds, the narrowest margin of victory in the Tour's history.

In addition to his Tour de France wins, Fignon also captured the Giro d'Italia in 1989.

Fignon had worked as a commentator on French television for the Tour de France since 2006 and was part of this year's broadcast team. In a book last year, Fignon revealed he was suffering from an advanced form of cancer of the digestive tract.


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