to become well known in America?
Let me set up a hypothetical and I'd be interested in some thoughts.
Lance Armstrong recovers from cancer but rather than take a new approach and try to win the TdF he throws himself back into the Classics and has success similar to what he ended up having in France. Multiple Paris-Roubaix victories, dominates the other "Monuments" as well. Let's throw in a a handful of green jerseys and few more rainbow jerseys too. Basically, he becomes an American Sean Kelly, which, as many of you know, would be an incredible career.
Americans who follow cycling are impressed and talk about him, he's still an inspiration to tens of thousands cancer patients but does he become Lance (no last name needed)?
Btw what this thread is not is some backhanded way to slam Armstrong, he's just the obvious example to build my hypothetical cyclist around so please leave that stuff out.