Over the following year or so I developed favourite riders such as Sean Kelly and Laurent Fignon.
With Fignon I think it was the look, maybe the geeky nickname and the glasses, the cool Systeme U jersey, like everyone I struggled with the later Castorama kit debacle.
He was certainly a fighter and slugged it out with Lemond in 'that' 1989 race.
He has been battling cancer for the last few years. He died today aged 50.