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Cyclist Laurent Fignon dies at 50

Updated: August 31, 2010, 1:53 PM ET
Associated Press

Laurent Fignon, the Frenchman who won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984 and lost to Greg LeMond in 1989 in the race's closest finish, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 50.

His death was confirmed by the French government and the French cycling federation. Fignon said in June 2009 he had advanced cancer of the digestive system and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Fignon had been a television commentator in France since 2006. He worked through this year's Tour, which ended barely a ...

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