"Bike racing at the highest level is one of the most reliable means of inspiring happiness and acquiring self-knowledge. However, it is also a production line turning out disappointments. The output is continually increased, without warning, at any time.
On a bike you not only compete against the opposition but against yourself, and your image of yourself. It's not just a battle against time. I hadn't yet got to the stage where I was counting the years, but you are constantly pushing your body to the limit, and unfortunately none of us has a grip on every physical parameter."
- Laurent Fignon