Until the erasure of Lance's record of TDF wins, this question didn't seem so significant. What difference would it have made if Lemond had won five? That would still have been second best. But now it is a bit different. If he hadn't been injured in the stupid hunting accident, could he have joined the other greats at the top of the TDF wins list with five? I am proposing that he could have filled in the two years he missed with two more wins. Why not more? After his last win, he seemed to be spent. That could have changed, too, if he had not been injured. We will never know.
I know what ifs make no sense. I just thought some discussion of what might have been could be fun. One other thing: Three wins under the circumstances was a damn fine performance. His time trial victory over Fignon is still the most thrilling moment in cycling I have ever seen.