The Professor lost his battle to cancer earlier today at age 50.
Laurent Fignon won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984, and narrowly missed winning it a third time in 1989, losing to Greg LeMond by only eight seconds, the narrowest margin ever.
After his retirement, Fignon managed Paris-Nice until ASO took over management of that race. He also organized several other European races.
He was diagnosed with metastastic cancer that originated from his lungs in 2009.
His eyeglasses worn while racing earned Fignon his nickname, “The Professor.”
This video shows the stage in the 1989 when Laurent Fignon last took the Yellow Jersey.