Who saw the show Fearless on OLN tonite? They did a documentary on Greg Lemond.....narrarated mostly by Greg and his wife Kathy. OLN did an excellent job with this!!!!! Man this brought back alot of memories for me. Greg won the Tour in '89 and that is what inspired me to buy my first road bike. I then followed him closely for the rest of his career.
It's been nice watching Lance win all these tours over the past 6 years. Lance has basically been the poster boy of U.S. cycling for about 10 years now and running. I think we have all somewhat forgotton just how good Greg was...and maybe because of the Lance phenomenon..maybe we have not given Greg the respect he deserves. Nothing against Lance and his fans(I'm one too)....but Greg was a great cyclist in his own right. Surely he had the talent to win 5 Tours. I have no doubt that he would have won in '87 and '88 had he not been shot in the back while turkey hunting. Then there was 1991...the year that it seems everyone began using EPO. Greg said he was in his best shape ever in 1991...and still only finished 7th. My guess is that Lemond could have won that year as well...but the peloton was racing soooo fast with the doping. Greg also never raced on a team that fully supported him in the way that U.S. Postal/Discovery rides for Lance. Let's face it...that is a dream situation there with Lance's team. Greg had to ride a few years on La Vie Claire with Bernard Hinault. Even though Lemond was stronger than Hinault during that time...he still couldn't get any support. You saw what happened in 1985 when his director demanded that he wait for Hinault when Greg was in a position to win the Tour while Hinault was suffering and several minutes down. So add 1985 to the long list of Tours that Lemond would have and could have won...in spite of not having a team riding in complete support of him. heck...when Greg won in 1989 he basically had no team at all. In fairness...Greg did have fairly good support from the Zed team in 1990.
anyway...I just wanted to say that OLN did a great job with that piece today. What's more, Greg was a great cyclist....and I have a lot of admiration for that guy. He is not a lesser cyclist than Lance...and I don't believe that he is any lesser of a champion. One thing I know...Greg raced clean. What's more..Greg still holds the record for riding the fastest time trial in Tour de France history...averaging something like 34 miles per hour. That's faster than Merckx, Anquetil, Ullrich, Armstrong and Indurain have ever ridden.
Lance is the man! But Greg deserves alot more respect than he's been getting in recent years. How soon we forget.