Respect For The Campionissimo

Charismatic GRINTA!

Laurent Fignon rode for most of his illustrious career for French teams. In 1992-1993, he joined the Italian team Gatorade-Bianchi as capitaine de route for Gianni Bugno...

"In Italy I became aware of how much they admire the best cyclists, the campionissimi. It was a massive eye-opener for me. For the Italians a champion remains a champion and there is always colossal respect for anyone who has won the greatest races in the past. A sportsman who has once been considered great is always seen as great. He draws admiring looks for ever. He matters as much when he is an older statesman of the sport as he did in his best days."