Wednesday, September 01, 2010
this is the poster of laurent fignon that i've had up in my place for many years. i was a fan of 'the professor', as he was known, and i was saddened to hear of his passing yesterday. the cyclists of fignon's generation were the last of the hard men who raced during the big transition in the sport in the late 80's and early 90's, when clips and leather straps gave way to clipless, brake cables went aero, friction shifting gave way to indexing, and the doping became more prevalent. His autobiography came out last year and I'm curious to read his take on it all.