Uhm.. no? Fignon's accendance was absolutely unforeseen. Now this could be due to foreign press, but Greg certainly was a bigger name than Laurent(not strange considering his second place at the WC 1982!) before the 1983 TdF.rhubroma said:In pro cycling certain riders were piloted for certain roles back then in the first years of one's career especially. Lemond was the newcomer. Fignon was the one France was building as Hinault's successor, or rival, however you look at it.
And even after that TdF Laurent was seen as a lucky winner who would fade away. It was his national title that was the first warning shot, but he and greg were sent as duo leaders to go after the unbeatable giant.
1984 was as much a surprise as 1983