At a young age his sport of choice was football. His friends got him interested in cycling and in 1976 he entered and won his first race. His parents didn't want him to race bicycles. He did so without their knowledge and went on to win four more races his first year. During his 1977 year of racing he won only one race. His third year of racing, 1978, he won 18 out of 36 races that he entered. At the age of 18 he entered the University of Villetaneuse to study Structural and Materials Science. University wasn't for him and he soon left to join the army. Once out of the army Laurent knew he wanted to pursue a career as a professional bicycle racer.
|Laurent Fignon 1982|
|Laurent Fignon climbing during the 1983 Tour de France|
|Laurent Fignon leading Bernard Hinault during the 1984 Tour de France|
Laurent Fignon won his second Tour de France in 1984. The race was a tough battle between him and his former team captain Bernard Hinault. Hinault attacked five times on the penultimate climb, the Laffrey. Each time Fignon rode back to him. By the end of the seventeenth stage Fignon had gained almost three minutes on Hinault and became the race leader. Fignon won a total of five stages that year at the 1984 Tour de France and won the overall general classification with a margin of ten minutes.
A knee injury kept Fignon from competing in the 1985 Tour de France.
Fignon's team gained a new sponsor in 1986 and became the Systeme U Cycling Team. In 1986 Fignon won La Fleche Wallonne. He started the 1986 Tour de France but retired from the race during the twelve stage.
|Laurent Fignon on Mount Ventoux during the 1987 Tour de France|
In 1988 Laurent Fignon won the Milan-San Remo, but had to abandon during the 1988 Tour de France.
|Laurent Fignon soloing to victory at the 1989 Milan-Sam Remo|
|Laurent Fignon's 1992 Team Card|
1993 was Laurent Fignon's last year of racing as a professional. He had one early season major win that year. He won the Ruta Mexico. At the end of 1993 Laurent Fignon retired from professional bicycle racing.
|Laurent Fignon waiting to start his last race in 1993|
Video of Stage 13 to La Plagne during the 1984 Tour de France with Greg Lemond providing voiceover.
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