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We Were Young and Carefree : The Autobiography of Laurent Fignon

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'One of the most charismatic and flamboyant cyclists in recent history' Daily Telegraph Laurent Fignon is one of the giants of modern cycling. Twice-winner of the Tour de France in the early eighties, Fignon became the star for a new generation. In 1989 he took part in one of the most fiercely-contested Tours of all time. Over the course of 3,285 kilometres he lost out to his American arch-rival, Greg LeMond, by an agonising eight seconds on the final Parisian time trial. In this forthright and unflinching account the former champion spares neither friends nor opponents, nor even himself. In doing so he gives cycling fans a tantalising glimpse of what really went on behind the scenes of this epic sport - the friendships, the rivalries, the betrayals, the scheming, the parties, the girls, and, of course, the performance-enhancing drugs. Laurent Fignon lived cycling at its peak. He enjoyed a truly exceptional career, winning over eighty titles from 1982 to 1993. The highs were matched by lows of serious injury, periods of self-doubt, and accusations of cheating. Fignon's story bestrides a golden age in cycling: a time when the headlines spoke of heroes, not doping, and a time when cyclists were afraid of nothing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 24mm | 322.05g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • YELLOW JERSEY PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224083198
  • 9780224083195
  • 27,079

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"Astonishing. The twice winner of the Tour de France bares his soul, exploring the ups and downs of life as a champion, the world of competitive cycling, and his own failings" Liberation "Sports book of the year: He's ruthlessly honest, about himself and about cycling, and he provides a gripping insight into an unrelenting hard world" Independent "This book is both a poignant farewell and as well as a rare glimpse of Fignon and his world in his own words" London Cyclist "Sports book of the year: magnificent, baffling, wonderful" Sunday Herald "Often touching and, above all, very funny" L'Equipeshow more

About Laurent Fignon

Laurent Fignon was born in Paris in 1960. He won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984 and the Giro d'Italia in 1989. In June 2009, Fignon revealed that he was being treated for advanced intestinal cancer and he died in August 2010.show more

Review Text

"This book is both a poignant farewell and as well as a rare glimpse of Fignon and his world in his own words"show more

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Laurent Fignon is one of the giants of modern cycling. Twice-winner of the Tour de France in the early eighties, Fignon became the star for a new generation. In 1989 he took part in one of the most fiercely-contested Tours of all time. Over the course of 3,285 kilometres he lost out to his American arch-rival, Greg LeMond, by an agonising eight seconds on the final Parisian time trial. Fignon does not mince his words. In this forthright and unflinching account the former champion spares neither friends nor opponents, nor even his own image. In doing so he gives cycling fans a tantalising glimpse of what really went on behind the scenes of this epic sport - the friendships, the rivalries, the betrayals, the scheming, the parties, the girls, and, of course, the performance-enhancing drugs. Laurent Fignon lived cycling at its peak. He enjoyed a truly exceptional career, winning over eighty titles from 1982 to 1993. The highs were matched by lows of serious injury, periods of self-doubt, and accusations of cheating. Fignon's story bestrides a golden age in cycling: a time before the scandals and the shadow of doping, a time when cyclists were afraid of nothing.show more

Back cover copy

'Ah, I remember you: you're the guy who lost the Tour de France by eight seconds!' 'No monsieur, I'm the guy who won the Tour twice.' 'Astonishing. The twice winner of the Tour de France bares his soul, exploring the ups and downs of life as a champion, the world of competitive cycling, and his own failings' Libération 'Full of marvellous anecdotes about aching leg muscles, the drive to win, defeat and pride - the essence of competitive cycling' le Monde 'Often touching and, above all, very funny' L'Equipeshow more

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472 ratings
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Our customer reviews

In 1991 I finally saw a few stages of the Tour de France but had been following the sport for the last 8-10 years through the cycling magazines that eventually made it to Australia. One of the stars I admired was Laurent Fignon. So I probably have a bias when reading his book. Fignon describes his career and life with a joie de vivre for his chosen sport. He gives a great understanding of what motivated him from early career to his retirement, the highs and lows and a coverage of the many races that make up the cycling calendar, not just the TDF. He confronts the issues of drugs in cycling with honesty and is forthright on his opinion of the future of cycling - but all with an undying passion for the sport. Fignon was terminally ill when writing this book which makes the ending (and title) more poignant. Highly recommended to any cycling or sport fan.show more
by Paul Dontschuk
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