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whatever happened to Greg Lemond?(10 posts)

whatever happened to Greg Lemond?Stan_B
Nov 29, 2001 8:58 AM
I've read an old biography of him. He came back after the hunting accident to win the TDF in 1989 and 1990. What happened after that? Did he retire or was he just not good enough anymore to win?
Trek bought him. (NM)speed-chump
Nov 29, 2001 9:12 AM
re: whatever happened to Greg Lemond?DaveG
Nov 29, 2001 9:20 AM
Are you serious? I'm going from memory here so facts might be off... Check the web for details. Lemond retired in '93 or '94. Shortly thereafter he announced that he had some rare muscalar disorder, whose name I forget. Lemond rode the TdF in '91 and was doing well until he had a couple of bad days. He ended up finishing somewhere around 8th I think. After that he did win the TourDuPont in the US but had a bad TdF. After that he was never really competitive again. I recall in one of those years (when he was with Gan) he was unable to stay with his team in the Team Time Trial and they actually had to slow down to keep him from getting dropped. Greg now has the whole Trek/Lemond bike deal going, does occasional commentary (last year he made some asinine accusations about Lance taking drugs and took some major heat) and gets involved in some other bike related endeavors.
re: whatever happened to Greg Lemond?Stan_B
Nov 29, 2001 10:18 AM
Thanks for the info.

From what I read of his biography, Greg seemed a little too full of himself. While Lance is confident, I don't get the same impression from him. I think all in all Lance is much better than Greg even at Greg's peak.
re: whatever happened to Greg Lemond?Galibier
Nov 29, 2001 1:12 PM
Greg should have won the Tour in 1985 but was prevented from doing so by his team manager, who required him to support Hinault instead. Greg did win the Tour in 1986 despite Hinault's treachery in splitting the La Vie Claire team. Greg probably would have won the Tour in 1987 and 1988, but was busy recovering from his gunshot wound. Greg did win the Tour in 1989 -- the classic duel with Fignon -- and again in 1990. We'll never know whether Greg or Lance would win in a head-to-head Tour, but it is fair to say that Greg has displayed mental discipline and resilience on par with Lance. Both are great racers and neither should be diminished. As for who is "full of himself," I submit that more of Lance's peers consider him arrogant than did Greg's peers.
re: whatever happened to Greg Lemond?Lone Gunman
Nov 29, 2001 10:35 AM
I seem to remember something about bagels and race cars.
race carsDuane Gran
Nov 29, 2001 11:50 AM
He has spent some time doing some race car driving. The interview was good fun. He was asked how he compared bike racing to car racing. His response, which I'll paraphrase (to best of my memory) was classic:

"The outcome of an auto race is much more determined by the budget of the race team, so there is a financial competition outside of the race itself. Probably the biggest difference is the mentality of the sports. For example, an auto racer will post a good finish, chill out and drink beer and smoke a cigarrette and feel like a world class athlete."

Lemond continued to say that he didn't think he would race cars much longer. Classic stuff!
Bottom of Lake Travis (nm)js5280
Nov 29, 2001 9:35 AM
Now sells cheap cycling accessories at Target (nm)Dave Hickey
Nov 29, 2001 9:55 AM
He shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die...nmmr_spin
Nov 30, 2001 8:06 AM