Perhaps my favorite of these biographies is We Were Young and Carefree, the autobiography of Laurent Fignon (translated into English by William Fotheringham).
|Cover of the English Language Version|
|...and the original French|
In many ways then, reading this book I had the opposite experience of when I read Dana Torres' "Age Is Just a Number"..... in that case I started with a positive opinion of Dana and ended up liking her less; in this case I had a relatively low opinion of Laurent Fignon and ended up liking and having a lot more respect for him. The primary reason is simply that the book comes across as straightforward and honest. Fignon doesn't sugar coat things and is at least as hard on himself as he is on rivals, coaches, and so on.
|Shadowed by LeMond in 1989|
I really enjoyed this one both as an insight into the professional cycling tour in (primarly) the eighties and also as a human interest story. The often maligned Laurent Fignon lays it all on the line and still comes across as an honest and decent guy. I give this one an "A".
|When Laurent still had hair!|