We Were Young and Carefree

By Laurent Fignon

'One of the main charismatic and flamboyant cyclists in fresh history' - "Daily Telegraph". Laurent Fignon is without doubt one of the giants of recent biking. Twice-winner of the travel de France within the early eighties, Fignon turned the famous person for a brand new new release. In 1989 he took half in a single of the main fiercely-contested excursions of all time. Over the process 3,285 kilometres he misplaced out to his American arch-rival, Greg LeMond, by means of an agonising 8 seconds at the ultimate Parisian time trial. Fignon doesn't mince his phrases. during this forthright and unflinching account the previous champion spares neither neighbors nor competitors, nor even his personal picture. In doing so he offers biking lovers a tantalising glimpse of what rather went on behind the curtain of this epic recreation - the friendships, the rivalries, the betrayals, the scheming, the events, the women, and, after all, the performance-enhancing medicines. Laurent Fignon lived biking at its height. He loved a very unparalleled occupation, successful over 80 titles from 1982 to 1993. The highs have been matched via lows of great harm, sessions of self-doubt, and accusations of dishonest. Fignon's tale bestrides a golden age in biking: a time ahead of the scandals and the shadow of doping, a time whilst cyclists have been petrified of not anything.

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No. 954009 A CIP catalogue list for this e-book is obtainable from the British Library ISBN 9780224083195 The Random condo workforce constrained makes each attempt to make sure that the papers utilized in its books are made up of bushes which were legally sourced from well-managed and credibly qualified forests. Our paper procurement coverage are available at: www. rbooks. co. uk/environment revealed and sure in nice Britain via CPI Mackays CONTENTS * * * Translator’s be aware 1 8 Seconds 2 Wild yet talented three chuffed Schooldays four motorbike or paintings? five Shoulder to Shoulder with the Badger 6 Flying with Renault 7 Doing the activity correct eight correct and correct humans nine Bacchus increases His Head 10 The Code of Honour eleven Pig Headed 12 Cycling’s Brightest and top thirteen The darkish aspect 14 donning the Boss’s Trousers 15 Coke in inventory sixteen Tragedia dell’Arte 17 I’ll Win 5 - 6 Then I’ll cease 18 Post-operative Trauma 19 Renault Leaves the line 20 celebrate! 21 Vicious Cycle 22 Bottle yet No Drug 23 the top of a bit global 24 Primeval Yell 25 computer virus within the Yellow Jersey 26 go back of the Grand Blond 27 Poker Face 28 sure, I Did It 29 The chief and the Doormat 30 completing With Guimard isn't beautiful 31 recognize for the Campionissimo 32 an extended, Lunatic experience 33 Doping in all places 34 On a highway nook 35 you can't think What they're as much as 36 taking up the large Boys 37 A Whiff of Authenticity TRANSLATOR’S observe * * * i've got a confession to make: a teenage crime opposed to two-wheeled flavor that haunts me whilst i glance at outdated photos. within the early Eighties I wore a sweatband while I rode my motorbike. on the time humans could have idea it was once encouraged by means of John McEnroe, however the responsible get together used to be Laurent Fignon. i wished to appear like Laurent however it didn’t determine. His black, white and yellow Renault band appeared advantageous opposed to his sunbleached blond hair, thin-rimmed steel spectacles and frightening blue eyes. Mine didn’t have really a similar air of secrecy, yet i used to be suffering via ten-mile time trials on a again street in North Devon instead of donning the yellow jersey of the journey de France at the Col du Galibier. Like his modern Robert Millar – they either rode their first excursions in 1983 and their final in 1993 – Fignon got here into my lifestyles two times in different guises, first as a hero of my years as a teenage bike owner, then later as one of many extra attention-grabbing characters I labored with as a journalist. I spent the summer time of 1984 with Fignon and Millar, glued to the day-by-day journey de France tv insurance in the house of cycling-mad buddies in Normandy. That was once Fignon’s most interesting July: the main dominant journey win an individual had obvious because the years of Eddy Merckx, his tally of 5 level wins – either mountain phases and time trials – unequalled till Lance Armstrong arrived. by means of the tip of the month, the roads of France have been teeming with childrens donning sweatbands, Fignon-style. 5 years later, I had just recently began operating at biking Weekly, Britain’s top motorcycle racing journal, whilst the then editor, Martin Ayres, got here to me with a issue.

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