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Laurent Fignon Obituary

Laurent Fignon (AP Photo)
PARIS (AP) Laurent Fignon, a two-time Tour de France champion, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 50.

France 2 television, which had employed Fignon as a commentator since 2006, said he died Tuesday.

Fignon won cycling's most prestigious race twice, in 1983 and 1984, but was defeated by Greg LeMond in arguably the event's greatest battle in 1989.

LeMond's eight-second margin was the narrowest winning result in the history of the Tour.

Fignon announced in June 2009 that he had advanced cancer of the digestive system and was undergoing chemotherapy.




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