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We Were Young and Carefree Paperback – International Edition, July 5, 2010
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If you took up cycling in the 1980's you MUST read this book. His recollections bring back images we watched on TV of Paris Roubaix and the Tour. His stories will help you to understand the times and to make the men of the peloton like Sean Kelly and Bernard Hinault become real people not just powerful guys on bikes. I have to say there were times while reading I felt great melancholy at the knowledge these days are gone for them and for me. Though it took only two days to read the book I have already re-read pages as they instill such emotion, joy and sometimes sadness.
Laurent is a personal hero. Many Americans at that time loved to hate Laurent as he was Lemond's nemesis. And few remember that Laurent won the Tour de France twice before Lemond beat him with skill and technology. The yellow Renault jersey and The Professor will never be forgotten. Laurent is very very sick now...which brings another level of mortality to the book and to life. I wish him well and I hope he knows he DID create a legacy and a joy for many of us...as we rode our bikes over 100 mile training rides we would take up the personas of Hinault and Lemond....and I, Laurent Fignon.
The sport of cycling in his days are different from what we are exposed to now. The move from the way it was to the way it is now, through his eyes, is insightful especially considering the issue of doping. I love the sport of cycling. You will love it even more after this book as you will experience the soul of cycling and witness the change that is taking place. There is still a soul, it's just different. I don't want to say more. Read it.
I even appreciated the fact that this was not an account by an accomplished author - quite the contrary. As a result, many readers may find it plodding and pedantic in places; repetitive in others. This is a small price to pay for Fignon's perspective on the last years of the Golden Age of cycling (roughly 1948 - 1986). The account brims with authenticity, soul searching, and the confessions of a man who must have known at some level that he was penning his own obituary.
I get so angry when cyclists today apologize for Armstrong and other modern cyclists by claiming that professional cyclists have always used drugs and cheated. Fignon makes the case that the drugs doing the rounds in his day were known, tested for, and were never a part of the general routines and traditions of cycling. The drug of choice in his day was amphetamine and as Fignon says, it could never take an average cyclist and make them into a champion. He also chronicles the rise of the super drugs like EPO, HGH, synthetic testosterone, etc.Read more ›
I'm sorry I can't give this more than 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lemond owned him, and he still can't get over it. Otherwise, I guess it's ok.Published 9 months ago by dingus
A great and honest biography from a cyclist i didn't know too much about. I was very young when he was at his best, but his loss in the 89 tour was one of my first Tour de France... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kjell Ljøstad
I purchased this book for my brother in law he thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 11 months ago by kay Nugent
Great insight into Laurent Fignon and what made him tick. I was not a Fignon fan at the time, but this book has provided me with a new perspective on this gifted rider. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Keith LoPresto
I am with Laurent when he says the old times, when we didn't obsess with the aggregation of marginal gains, we're not necessarily better, but they were more fun, flair filled and... Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Charles Shepherd