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Cyclist won Tour de France twice and lost race in 1989 by 8 seconds

by Emma Brown

Laurent Fignon, a French cy- clist whose two Tour de France victories were later overshad- owed by a spectacularly narrow loss in that race to American Greg LeMond — a defeat that came to define his career and rank among the most dramatic moments in sports history — died Aug. 31 of cancer at a hospi- tal in Paris. He was 50. The Tour de France, a race in which riders cover more than 2,000 miles in just over three weeks, is one of cycling’s most prestigious and grueling events. Mr. Fignon first won in 1983, just a year after he turned profession- al.

He was 22 at the time and the

youngest man to win the race in half a century, and his victory was thought to be largely because of the absence of stronger riders. Partway through the race, leader Pascal Simon had withdrawn af- ter falling and breaking his shoulder, and Frenchman Ber- nard Hinault — then a four-time Tour winner and one of the great- est cyclists of his day — was in- jured and unable to compete. The following year, however,

Mr. Fignon proved his strength by whipping past Hinault on the Tour’s punishing climbs and win- ning the race once more. For the next several years, in- juries forced Mr. Fignon into a dry spell. But by 1989, the Frenchman had returned to top form, and the Tour became a neck-and-neck showdown be- tween Mr. Fignon and LeMond. LeMond was also a former

Tour champion on a comeback. Since becoming the first Amer- ican Tour winner in 1986, he had broken his wrist and endured an emergency appendectomy. He had also nearly died after losing two pints of blood in a hunting accident in Northern California — LeMond’s brother-in-law, re- portedly mistaking the cyclist for awild turkey, had shot him in the back. More than 60 pellets lodged in

LeMond’s liver, kidney and in- testines. During the 1989 Tour, he still had dozens of them in his body, including at least two in the lining of his heart. As the race progressed, Le-

Mond and Mr. Fignon battled for the famous yellow jersey worn by the Tour’s overall leader. For nine stages in the middle of the race, they were separated by no more than seven seconds. In the final 17 stages, they traded the yellow jersey four times. Then, as the Tour climbed into the Alps, Mr. Fignon attacked. He built a 50-second lead going into the last stage, a 15.2-mile time trial on an urban course from Versailles to the Place de la Con- corde in Paris.

“Barring an accident, I think I have won the Tour,” Mr. Fignon


In his memoir, Laurent Fignon, right, said the Tour de France loss to Greg LeMond “was too much for one man.”

said the night before that last stage. “Greg believes he can win, but it is impossible. I am too strong in the mind and the legs. Fifty seconds is too much to make up in such a short dis- tance.”

Despite the fact that he was a

native Parisian racing in France in an event prized by the French, Mr. Fignon had repelled the me- dia and Tour fans with his dour cockiness. A television crew caught him spitting into a cam- era lens in response to a request for an interview, and to a woman who asked him to smile for a pho- tograph, he replied, “Why should I smile? I’m just as cute when I don’t smile.” LeMond, who had a quick grin, endeared himself to the crowd. Nevertheless, most cycling ex- perts agreed with Mr. Fignon that it would be impossible for the American to overcome a 50-sec- ond deficit in the race’s last stage. LeMond turned to what was

then cutting-edge technology — aerodynamic handlebars pio- neered by triathletes and a hel- met made to slice the wind. He asked his team to refrain from distracting him by calling out his time, and then he tucked his head and pedaled hard. Before an astonished crowd,

LeMond finished the stage 58 seconds faster than Mr. Fignon, eking out a win in what remains the Tour’s closest race in history. The eight-second margin of victo- ry came after more than 87 hours of riding; it was the equivalent of winning the 2,023-mile race by 100 yards. Mr. Fignon collapsed in tears

at the finish line while LeMond celebrated. The Frenchman later blamed his loss on saddle sores and LeMond’s newfangled han- dlebars, which Mr. Fignon deemed illegal despite their ap- proval by race officials. “The cyclist who doesn’t know


Alain Corneau FILMMAKER

Alain Corneau, 67, the French

filmmaker who leapt to interna- tional notice with the 1991 hit “Tous les Matins du Monde,” a pe- riod drama about 17th-century musicians, was found dead Aug. 30, it was reported from Paris. He had cancer. Throughout a career lasting more than 35 years, Mr. Corneau directed many legends of French cinema, including Catherine De- neuve and Gerard Depardieu. Depardieu starred alongside his son Guillaume in “Tous les Matins du Monde” (“All the Morn- ings of the World”). The film, which depicted the uneasy rela- tionship between a young and an elderly musician in 17th-century France, won critical acclaim at home and abroad. It garnered seven Cesar awards, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Born on Aug. 7, 1943, Mr. Cor- neau dabbled in music before making his start in cinema as an assistant for Greek-born film- maker Costa-Gavras. Early in his career, he made a series of thril- lers, including “Choice of Arms,” a 1981 gangster flick starring De- neuve, Gerard Depardieu and Yves Montand. Mr. Corneau adapted seven of

his 16 films from novels. In 2003 he adapted Amélie Nothomb’s “Stupeur et Tremblements” (“Fear and Trembling”), which starred actress Sylvie Testud as a for- eigner struggling with strict workplace codes in Japan. She won the Cesar for best actress. Mr. Corneau’s latest movie,

“Love Crime,” starring Kristin Scott Thomas, opened in France


how to lose cannot become a champion,” Mr. Fignon wrote in his autobiography, “We Were Young and Carefree,” published in the United States in 2009. “But to lose like that, on the last day, with such a small gap, and princi- pally because of handlebars that were banned under the rules, no, that was too much for one man.” The moment catapulted the American to stardom — even in the United States, where cycling champions had until then been more ignored than celebrated — and he went on to win a third Tour in 1990. It was also a turning point for

Mr. Fignon, whose career never recovered. He retired from com- petitive cycling in 1993. Laurent Patrick Fignon was born in Paris on Aug. 12, 1960. He grew up playing soccer before he discovered a talent for cycling as a teenager. He won numerous amateur races despite the fact that he had started the sport late and rode his father’s ancient bike. He studied material sciences at

the University of Villetaneuse near Paris, and though he left be- fore graduating, he was later known on the cycling tour as “the Professor” for his ponytailed, be- spectacled look. Survivors include his wife, Val- erie, but a complete list of survi- vors could not be confirmed. Mr. Fignon continued cycling during and after a stint in the Army, and drew attention in the early 1980s when he managed to keep up with Hinault during a race in which amateurs and pro- fessionals rode together. In 1982, he was offered a spot on Hinault’s team. In his autobiography, Mr. Fig- non admitted to doping. At the time it was so common that it was “not viewed as cheating,” he wrote, “which must now seem completely incredible.”


July 15, 1985 - September 1, 2003 In our hearts, always. Love always,

Mom,Dad,Anna and so many others



We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sandy,Andy, and Cindy and their extend- ed family on the sudden loss of their beloved Becky. Debra Cope and Daughters



On Sunday, August 29, 2010 of Takoma Park, MD. Beloved wife of the late Dr. James E. Ablard and Donald Couldren; loving mother of Sherry and Donna Couldren; adored step- mother of Edward, John and Richard Ablard; cherished grandmother of Leah and David Bernstein. Also survived by three step-grand- children and five step-great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc., 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD on Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. Interment George Washington Cemetery. Memorial con- tributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093. Please view and sign the family guestbook at


Passed away on August 30, 2010. Loving broth- er of Earl and Tina Fields.The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Pope Funeral Home, 5538 Marlboro Pike, Forestville,MD.



of Elliott (Louise) Allentuck and Barry (Shari Theismann) Allentuck; brother of BlossomWeintraub; grandfather of Bruce (Nicole), Mark (Sheila), Lee (Gianna) and Susan Allentuck, Nicole (Bret) Rachlin and Jaime (Ridge) Bowman; also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and his two step- daughters, Cathy Kwart and Patti Kahn. Funeral services will be held on Wednes- day, September 1, 2010 at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington DC at 12 noon. Interment King David Memorial Gardens. Family will observe shiva at the residence of Florence Allentuck on Wednesday and at the residence of Elliott and Louise Allentuck on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to JSSA Hos- pice at or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Hines-Rinal- di Funeral Home, Inc. under Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washing- ton Contract.



On Sunday, August 29, 2010. A homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away at Hadley Hospital, Washington, DC of natural causes.She had lived in theWashington area for approximately 11 years. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Carmine Arciuolo; loving mother of Steven (Linda) Arci- uolo, Anna (Douglas) Wallick, Maria (Donald) Aros and the late Elizabeth Arciuolo; cher- ished grandmother of Joseph, Maya, Olivia and Sophia. We will miss her cheerful smile, now at peace at home with our Lord. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 noon, on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Inurnment with her beloved husband will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made in her name to the American Heart Association, 4301 North Fair- fax Dr., Suite 530, Arlington,VA. Arrangements entrusted to Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc.

DAVID IRVINGALLENTUCK On Sunday August 29, 2010, David Irving Allentuck of Bethesda, MD. Beloved hus- band of Florence Kahn Allen- tuck and the late Helen Starbecker Allentuck; father

On Friday, August 27, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Hicks; father, Luther (Emma) Cary, Jr.; three loving brothers, Matthew, Andre and Maurice Cary; a host of other relatives and friends. She was pre- ceded in death by her mother, Annie R. Cary and brother, Luther Cary III. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, September 3, 2010 at Second Baptist Church Southwest, 1200 Canal Street SW, Washington, DC 20024 from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment Glenwood Cemetery. Services provided by J. K. Johnson Funeral Home, P.A.


On August 27, 2010, LOULA J. COCOLIS of Bethesda, MD. Beloved wife of the late Jerry J. Cocolis; devoted mother of Joanne Kenny (Brendan); the cherished grandmother of Christopher Kenny and Michael Jerry Kenny; sister of Zack Zambetis, Virginia Karadavis and the late Helen Anas and the late Eva Zambetis. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call at JOSEPH GAWLER'S SONS, INC., 5130 Wiscon- sin Ave., N.W. (Corner of Harrison St., N.W.), Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers at 7:30 p.m. Services will be held at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36th St. & Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Parklawn Cemetery, Rockville, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Sophia Greek Ortho- dox Cathedral.


On Tuesday, August 24, 2010 of Washington, DC. Visitation, Thursday, September 2, 2010, ‘0 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 1419 V St., N.W., Arrangements by JOHNSON & JENKINS.


On Sunday, August 29, 2010. Beloved wife of the late, Milton W. Emr; loving mother of Stephen T. Emr, James W. Emr, Joyce E. Rienits and Nancy A. Carroll; dear sister of Doris Lockwood; devoted grandmother of 11 grand- children and eight great-grandchildren. Repos- ing O’Brien Funeral Home 505 Burnt Tavern Rd. Brick, NJ., Tuesday 1 to 4 p.m. Service Tuesday 4 p.m. at funeral home. Committal private.


Ellen Embrey. Survived by 13 nieces and nephews, 25 great-nieces and nephews and seven great-great-nieces and nephews. Rel- atives and friends may call at St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903, on Friday, September 3 from 9 to 10 a.m. where Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Washington,DC. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Camillus Church at the above address.


Mr. Corneau (above in 2003) worked in film for more than 35 years. in mid-August.

Francisco Varallo SOCCER PLAYER Francisco Varallo, 100, a retired

Argentine soccer star and the last surviving player from the first World Cup in 1930, died Aug. 30 in La Plata, Argentina. His death was confirmed by his former Ar- gentine club, Gimnasia y Esgri- ma, which did not specify a cause of death. Mr. Varallo played in the final

between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo, Uruguay. Argenti- na lost 4-2. He began his career with the club Gimnasia y Esgrima, but made his mark with Boca Juniors. He is Boca’s second-leading scor- er, with 194 goals, behind only current striker Martin Palermo. Mr. Varallo was nicknamed “Can- oncito” (little canon) for his pow- erful shot. He won national titles with Gimnasia in 1929 and with Boca

in 1931, 1934 and 1935. He retired in 1940 and worked as a coach with Boca’s lower-division teams and coached Gimnasia in 1957-59. Mr. Varallo gave an interview earlier this year to soccer’s world governing body to mark his 100th birthday. He said the loss to Uru- guay was his greatest disappoint- ment.

“I achieved a lot of nice things

in my career,” he told FIFA, the international soccer governing body. “I represented the national team and was Boca’s record goal scorer. However, in my whole life I’ve never felt such a bitter pain as losing that World Cup final against Uruguay in 1930.” Argen- tina led 2-1 at halftime. After that, Mr. Varallo, said the Argentines were soundly beaten. “We ran out of steam, to tell you the truth,” Mr. Varallo said. “With all due respect to my teammates, we weren’t gutsy enough. How I cried that day. Even now when I look back it still makes me angry.” —From news services

JOSEPHINE LLOYD BARR On Tuesday, August 24, 2010 of Clinton, Maryland. Beloved wife of Marcelles Barr, Jr.; lov- ing mother of Sonya Harrison (Rex), Marcia Barr-Jones (Dar- rell), Melanie Barr and the late

Monique Barr. She leaves to cherish her mem- ory three brothers, Joseph Lloyd, Richard Chat- man and Norman Troy; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Fort Foote Baptist Church, 8310 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744 from 10 a.m. until homegoing services at 11 a.m. Interment Res- urrection Cemetery, Clinton, MD. Arrange- ments entrusted to Adams Funeral Home P.A.,Aquasco,MD.


On Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Survived by a host of relatives and friends. Mrs. Booth will lie in state at New Covenant Baptist Church, 1301W. St., SE, on Friday, September 3 from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Interment private. Services by STEWART.


On Sunday, August 29, 2010 of Darnestown, MD and Sarasota, FL. Beloved husband of Marsha F. Crowley. Father of Jay Crowley and Beth Crowley Burchard (Robert). Grandfather of Katie and Rebecca Crowley and Gracie and Simone Burchard. Brother of Jack Crowley, Dennis Crowley and the late Margaret Crowley Hanna. Friends will be received at PUMPHREY’S BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE FUNERAL HOME, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda,MD onWednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD on Thursday, September 2 at 2:30 p.m. Interment will take place in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the University of Rhode Island Foundation, 79 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 or to St.Thomas More Catholic Church, 2506 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, FL 34231. Please view and sign family guestbook at

and the late John (Ted) Cousins; grandfather of Grace Elizabeth, WIlliam MacFarland and Patrick Andrew Cousins; uncle of Lawrence Siracusa and Christamarie Berse. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard, West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernadette's Church, 72 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring, MD, on Friday, September 3 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Ceme- tery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen,VA 23058-5216.


CHRISTOPHER COUSINS On Sunday, August 29, 2010, of St. Petersburg, FL formerly of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of Gloria P. Cousins; father of Michael Patrick Cousins and Timothy John Cousins; brother of Helen Siracusa

MARYANN CONSORTI On Monday, August 30, 2010, of Silver Spring, MD, originally of Southwest Washington, DC. Daughter of the late Louis and Theresa Consorti; sister of Alfred Consorti, Lucille Policicchio and

November 11, 1935 - August 22, 2010 Jacqueline died August 22, 2010 due to renal failure. She was known as “Jackie” to her family and many dear friends in the DC area and later in West Palm Beach where she lived with her beloved husband of 36 years, Nestor Shea Foley, when he retired as partner of the law firm Covington and Burling. Jackie was fiercely loyal to her country and her community and served both well through tireless volunteer work: as a Boy Scout Den Mother when her sons were young and later as an ardent supporter and volunteer for the National Sym- phony and Planned Parenthood. In West Palm Beach, she continued her involvement working for the Episcopal Church Mouse, a thrift shop which supported various outreach programs. Known for her intellect and curiosity, she was engaging, always well-versed on the arts and politics. She craved and fostered informed dia- logue, knowing its importance to a responsible citizenry. Jackie always rallied for women’s issues. Her efforts ensured that women had amenities hitherto only afforded men. She also was a terrific supporter of women's golf in the Washington area. She is survived by her two sons, Nestor Shea Foley, Jr. (Patti) and Robert Matthew Foley (Linda-Adele Swide) and their two sons (her grandchildren), Albert Matthew Foley and Robert Nathan Foley. A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints’ Church on September 30 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Pat’s Fund,, which supports autoimmune disease research being conducted by the Benaroya Research Institute at the Virginia Mason Medical Center.


On Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Survived by relatives and friends. Mr. Gillespie may be viewed at STEWART FUNERAL HOME, 4001 Benning Rd. N.E. Thursday, September 2 from 10 a.m. until services 11 a.m. Interment Glen- wood Cemetery.


friends. Family will receive friends on Thurs- day, September 2, 2010, viewing, 10 a.m.; funeral service, 11 a.m. at Faith Temple #2 Baptist Church, 211 Maryland Park Dr., Capitol Heights, MD 20743. Interment Glenwood Cemetery.

WILLIAM LEE GORHAM OnAugust 26, 2010. Beloved father of Samuel, Tyrone, Patricia, Ken- neth, William, Vanessa, Darrett and Eric. Also survived by sister, Joyce; a host of grandchildren, great- grandchildren, relatives and






On August 25, 2010. Survived by her husband, Alex Brown; one son, three daughters, a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be held at First Baptist of Glenarden, 3600 Brightseat Rd., Landover, MD, Friday, Septem- ber 3, visitation, 10 a.m.; service, 11 a.m. Arrangements by J.B. JENKINS.


RICHARD STEPHEN BROWN (Age 88) Passed away Sunday, August 29, 2010. Steve was born January 21, 1922 in Colling- ton, MD. He served in the US Army as a medic from 1942-1945. Steve was a career educator and served as a principal in Prince Georges County, MD. He and his wife moved to Gainesville, FL in 1993. He held a life membership in the NAACP, served as a councilman for the town of Fairmount Heights,MD and was president of the 2001 Habit for Humanities Board of Directors in Gainesville, FL. Steve was a devout Catholic and served at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He leaves to rejoice in his memory: his wife Ruth Scott Brown, Gainesville, FL; two daughters, Diana McPherson (Dale) Gainesville, FL, Renee Pindell (Louis) Gaithersburg, MD; three grandchildren, N’gal Pindell, Dana McPherson, and Dia McPherson; two great-grandchildren, Kal Williams, and Naima Hurt; devoted niece Suzanne Green (Eric) Eugene, OR and one sister ElizabethWoods, Baltimore,MD. A Mass celebrating Steve’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 412 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL with Father Roland Julien and Father Bob McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery under the care of Chest- nut Funeral Home, 18 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the Alachua County Sickle Cell Foundation, P O Box 1262, Gainesville, FL 32608.


On Saturday,August 28, 2010,HELEN KUNDRAT DANILUCK, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of 63 years to Serge Daniluck; loving mother of John S. Daniluck and his wife Barbara, Walkersville, MD, Michael G. Daniluck and his wife Mary Jean, Sterling, VA and Donna M. Bergmann and her husband Steve, Gaithers- burg, MD; adoring grandmother of eight and loving great-grandmother of seven. Many lov- ing nieces and nephews also survive her. Friends may call at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts, Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007 on Wednesday, Sep- tember 1, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral for the Daniluck Family Fund. Please view and sign the family guest book at





Of Fairfax, VA, died on Friday, August 27, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Sonja; two daugh- ters, Karen Owens and her husband Mike of Harpers Ferry, WV, and Kristine Sher and her husband Chip of South Riding, VA; and four grandchildren. Born in 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, Peter grew up in Bellerose, NY. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and later earned an M.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton. He spent the majority of his career working for IBM and Lockheed Martin. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street, Fair- fax, VA 22030. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairfax Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the charity of your choice.

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