A broken bottom bracket axle. Race lost.

Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke, Joop Zoetemelk and the unlucky Laurent Fignon.

The 1982 Paris-Tours race started in Blois and finished in Chaville was won by Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke. First season pro Laurent Fignon already impressed with a win at the Criterium International. With 30km to Fignon broke away and then drama hit...

"15 kilometres from the line and I was going to get a tailwind, the win was almost guaranteed. Then, standing on the pedals to accelerate, I fell heavily to the ground, without even understanding what had just happened to me. A horrible shock. A broken bottom bracket axle. Race lost."
- Laurent Fignon

via Miroir du Cyclisme, October-November 1982.