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Let me ammend my earlier post...Who is your FAVORITE......(12 posts)

Let me ammend my earlier post...Who is your FAVORITE......chrisbaby
May 30, 2001 1:11 PM rider. Mine is still Hinault, though Steve Bauer comes a close second (just like Paris-Roubaix '90). Please pardon the little bit od Canadian Pride here...
May 30, 2001 2:14 PM
Its the Badger for me. Tours, Classic's, time trials. He was a well rounded rider like Merckx. One who could climb, TT, sprint and an astute race reader, and tactician.
I think it might be a three way tie:mike mcmahon
May 30, 2001 2:36 PM
Greg Lemond, Sean Kelly, Phil Anderson. An honorable mention goes to Raul Alcala because, living so close to Mexico, I was happy to see a Mexican rider doing so well in Europe.
May 30, 2001 5:27 PM
I'd have to go with Greg Lemond. If anyone was cycling back in '86 when he won his first TDF will remember that he put the U.S. on the map with professional cycling. Before his victory Americans racing in europe were considered a joke. He changed the whole cycling scene in America. 3X TDF and 2X World Pro Champion. He is also supposed to be a nice guy.
Greg LemondAD14
May 30, 2001 5:45 PM
I have to second that. If not for team orders he could have beaten Hinault and won another tour. He and Guimard are also responsible for an alternative fit on a bike, longer top tubes and slacker seat tubes have become the norm.
Co-favoritesJon Billheimer
May 30, 2001 5:50 PM
LeMond, for the all the reasons given, and Indurain. Two absolute lions. LeMond, but for more propitious circumstances, could have equalled Indurain's accomplishments.
Raised awareness in the USzelig1
May 31, 2001 7:24 AM
No question Greg Lemond was a superior racer whose placings and wins in Europe and the Tour did wonders for increased awareness in the US and respect in the pro peleton. With all due respect, US riders were not considered a joke before Lemond as one would be not paying due to Mike Neel who placed 10th in the 1977 World's Pro road race in Ostuni riding for Magniflex, one of the better Italian teams of that era, and Jacques Boyer (known to his family as Jack or Jonathan), both who preceded Lemond in the European pro circuit and acquitted themselves with respect.
Raised awareness in the USDINOSAUR
May 31, 2001 8:42 AM
Good point. I'll chose my words more carefully in the future, no disrespect meant for Mr. Neel or Mr. Boyer. If I recall Boyer was the first American to ride in TDF and he resided in the Monterey Peninsula area of Ca.
i want to be mario cipolliniwes_london
May 31, 2001 8:04 AM
sounds daggy but true. character goes a long way for me.

failing that phil anderson (showing my australian roots)

although i have an image of hinault on top of a bike specc'd with c-record and i think it was a look frame. this image will never leave my mind.

ciao, wes
Favorite Moment.Len J
May 31, 2001 8:28 AM
I will never forget standing in my living room screaming at the television as I watched Lemond overtake Fignon in the time trial to win the tour. 50+ seconds made up in a 25 mile time trial with the guy you are trying to beat starting after you, riding his heart out (to the point of barely being able to get off his bike). What a moment!!!

Sorry for the ramble, but your post about favorite rider led me to remember this moment.
Andrei TchmilBreck
May 31, 2001 9:14 AM
mebee cause i'm an old guy but admire the old siberian. paris-roubaix win in the mud, 1994; last year's flanders he stole the race. second would be fabio baldado ...waitin' for this kid to arrive. third would be max schandri whom i named my collie dog after. max left a lot of wins on the road but choice as you asked. fourth kelly, fifth hampsten.

am not a "tour" guy and will take any one day classic over the tours. then tour of switzerland, giro, tdF in that order. i watch these things as a travelogue also ....beautiful scenery, architecture, etc. sometimes rulz after you've worn out the tapes :)

Best after Merckx...Hinault. Favorite ....HinaultTom C
May 31, 2001 9:34 AM
Personality cunning and shrewdness represent much of what makes an attractive sports personality. Look at Ali, no one could proclaim him with absolute resolve the finest boxing talent to step in a ring, but there's no one I would rather watch. And why, because like every truly great competitor he operated on a superior psychological level, dominating his opponents psyche. Ruth did it, Ali did it, Jordan did it and Hinault certainly did it. I don't know how many times Lemond claimed he wouldn't dream of competing like Hinault always riding at the front wasting energy, occasionally chasing down breaks personally, reprimanding rookies for attacking in feed zones. Lemond never got it.You dominate psychologically as much as you do physically. Some of my favorite recollections of Hinault often had little to do with results. Among them Sean Kelly , after a particularly difficult stage in one of the Tours, was so exhausted, he responded with difficulty to questions saying, " I was so tired after that stage , if a 10 year old girl had walked up to me with a gun threatening to shoot me, I wouldn't have had the strength to stop her. I was astounded to see however, that Hinault was throwing punches at reporters." Perhaps the most telling story which relates to Hinault's psycholocal dominance was one I believe Robert Millar made in 1987, the year after Hinault's retirement, when asked about the prospects for that years Tour De France."Without Hinault to ride the legs off of us it should be a more wide-open Tour." Finally, who else would have had the shrewdness to hire away his chief rival(Lemond) and put him in his pocket. EEEE-NO, EEEE-NO!