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Old 10-12-15, 03:37 PM
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Back then I'm pretty sure I remembered something in Winning magazine that said LeMond would start off his season on a heavy bike (steel) and move to something lighter as his fitness improved. When he was on the Gan team he rode a LeMond-branded titanium frame.
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Here you go . . the man on the machine . .

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Greg-Lemond.../dp/0399515941

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Eddy was way cooler.

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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Lemond and his Bottecchia have nothing on me and my Bottecchia.
Tour De France Wins Tally

Greg Lemond (3) vs eja_Bottechia (0)


JK nice bottechia

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Old 11-11-16, 03:42 PM
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Eddy was way cooler.
Perhaps in the big picture. But as an American teenage boy who was just getting into cycling in the 80s, I thought Lemond's magical comeback was very cool. Plus, Lemond is not a confessed doper, and never had to leave a major tour while in the leader's jersey because of a failed drug test.

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As far as Greg riding different frame materials in the same race, I remember reading in ~1991 or so that he would start out in the Spring on steel, then as fitness progressed he'd move to titanium and finally carbon. Given his rapid comeback in 1989, he seems to have done something similar within that year's Tour.
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I like the red Avocet.
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Tour De France Wins Tally

Greg Lemond (3) vs eja_Bottechia (0)


JK nice bottechia

Ha ha...good one!
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Lemond was also know for riding bikes other than his sponsors that were rebadged. Perhaps the yellow bike is not steel, and not a Bottecchia?
The yellow bike was a TVT. You can tell by the seatstay "lugs." They are identical to the TVT he rode in 1990.
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Great thread!. My fantasy bike collection includes a 1989 Team ADR Bottecchia. I can enjoy this Team ADR livery Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra from 1988;












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Old 06-14-19, 07:50 AM
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^ Nice!
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Another rebadged bike Lemond rode in TdF was a Carbonframes produced by Craig Calfee (www.calfeedesign.com).

Kinda like this one. (edit: frame only, no Campy10 in '91)


For a short time, Calfee produced the Carbonframes bike under contract as a Lemond branded frame - for sale to the public.
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Old 06-14-19, 11:40 AM
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The Man won one tour while racing against most of his own freaking team (Slaying the Badger) and one with bird shot pellets still in his body, and oh by the way won a world championship after being shot too. That is MEGA cool.
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Actually won 2 tours with shot in his body.
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I have a collection of MAVIC parts as well as a couple of red,pink and violet Avocet computers and other parts in the hopes of re-creating Lemonds Tour bike,now only if if I can find one of those red and white Bottechia Frames. My buddy has one but I highly doubt he will surrender it without a fight.
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C'mon, everyone knows Greg is God. And he was the one with balls enough to call out that mega-doper Armstrong when everyone else was on the ship sailing down the river Denial.
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C'mon, everyone knows Greg is God. And he was the one with balls enough to call out that mega-doper Armstrong when everyone else was on the ship sailing down the river Denial.
+1.
Only the Revenge Factor makes him a flawed god. Nobody's perfect though, so I'm a fan-boy. Bought my first yellow jersey, Fall 1986 - not a TdF jersey, just a yellow long sleeve one that wasn't far off the correct shade. Still own it and occasionally wear it.
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+1.
Only the Revenge Factor makes him a flawed god. Nobody's perfect though, so I'm a fan-boy. Bought my first yellow jersey, Fall 1986 - not a TdF jersey, just a yellow long sleeve one that wasn't far off the correct shade. Still own it and occasionally wear it.
In 86' I bought the La Vie Claire-Toshiba- LOOK TDF Combination jersey, Its the one in my Avatar. Yes, I admit it, I Love Greg LeMond . There I said it.
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LeMond has a flawed personality. He was, nevertheless, the reason why I bought my Bottecchia. It wascool to see an American do well in a European event like the TdF.

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I haven't read about Greg's childhood and pre-racing years, but rumor had it his Dad, who ran much of Lemond Cycles, was a bit difficult to deal with. Lemond Cycles had many, many different builders for their bikes, not all the changes were for advanced technology, though many were.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Lemond was also know for riding bikes other than his sponsors that were rebadged. Perhaps the yellow bike is not steel, and not a Bottecchia?


The red/white Bottecchia was v. much 100% + a (Carnielli) Bottecchia built in Vittorio Veneto. Very few Americans ever realized the beyond exceptional design of Carnielli and the absolute superiority of the frame/bike. Nothing ever better, period.
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