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We Were Young and Carefree: The Autobiography of Laurent Fignon


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"Often touching and, above all, very funny" (L'Equipe)

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  `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`Equipe  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.  A number one bestseller in France  Fignon`s critically acclaimed book is a class above the standard autobiography. Searingly honest  Fignon`s story provides an incredible behind-the-scenes glimpse into professional cycling`s golden age 


Translated by William Fotheringham, bestselling author of Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom SImpson   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.   
 

 

 
By: Laurent Fignon
Book: Paperback, 304 pages
Code: 083195
Publishing Date: June 2010