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Laurent Fignon, Greg LeMond and the closest Tour ever

Emma Brown

Laurent Fignon won the Tour de France twice, but he is less remembered for those victories than for his by-the-skin-of-his-teeth loss to American Greg LeMond in the 1989 Tour.

The three-week race covered more than 2,000 miles, but in the end it came down to a matter of mere seconds. The tension at the finish line on the Tour's final day that year -- that's what sports fans live for, and the 1989 Tour has gone down in history as one of cycling's greatest moments.

You can read the whole story in Mr. Fignon's obituary, or watch the television broadcast below.

By Emma Brown  |  September 1, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Athletes , Emma Brown  | Tags: greg lemond tour de france, laurent fignon died, laurent fignon greg lemond, laurent fignon obituary, laurent fignon tour de france  
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