Historic Overview Greg Lemond

Rider

Overall Rank60
NameGreg LEMOND
Country
  United States
Date of birth26-Jun-1961 - Lakewood (California)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Greg Lemond

Gregory James "Greg" LeMond (born June 26, 1961) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Road Race World Championship twice (1983 and 1989) and the Tour de France three times (1986, 1989, and 1990), and is considered by many to be the greatest American cyclist of all time. On September 19, 2019 it was announced that he would be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian honors in the United States, other athletes to be recognized in this way include Arnold Palmer, Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus. He is also an entrepreneur and anti-doping advocate. LeMond was born in Lakewood, California, and raised in ranch country on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, near Reno. He is married and has three children with his wife Kathy, with whom he supports a variety of charitable causes and organizations.

In 1986, LeMond became the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France, and he remains the only American cyclist to have won the Tour after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven straight Tour de France wins in 2012. LeMond was accidentally shot with multiple pellets while hunting in 1987 and missed the next two Tours. He returned to the 1989 Tour, completing an improbable comeback by winning in dramatic fashion on the race's final stage. He successfully defended his title the following year, claiming his third and final Tour victory in 1990, which made LeMond one of only seven riders who have won three or more Tours. He retired from competition in December 1994. He was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1996.

LeMond was the first American to win the elite Road World Championship, the first professional cyclist to sign a million-dollar contract, and the first cyclist to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated when the magazine named him as its Sportsman of the Year in 1989. During his career, LeMond championed several technological advancements in pro cycling, including the introduction of aerodynamic "triathlon" handlebars and carbon fiber bicycle frames, which he later marketed through his company LeMond Bicycles. His other business interests have included restaurants, real estate, and consumer fitness equipment.

LeMond is a vocal opponent of performance-enhancing drug use, and at times his commercial ventures have suffered for his anti-doping stance—as in 2001, when he first accused Lance Armstrong of doping and sparked a conflict that eventually led to the dissolution of his LeMond Bicycles brand in 2008, which was licensed by Armstrong's primary sponsor, Trek Bicycles. As the lone American winner of cycling's most prestigious race, LeMond has not enjoyed the public stature that might be expected of such a figure, but he continues to campaign publicly against doping and ineffective leadership by the UCI, the international federation for cycling. In December 2012, LeMond even articulated a willingness to replace the UCI president on an interim basis if called to do so. In December 2013, the LeMond brand was revived, manufactured in partnership with TIME Sport International.

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Badges

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Major Victories

Tour de France 1986, 1989, 1990
World Championships Road Race 1983, 1989
Super Prestige Pernod 1983
Dauphiné Libéré 1983
Coors Classic 1985
Tour de France - stages 1985 (1), 1986 (1), 1989 (3)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1986 (1)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1983 (3), 1984 (1)
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 1982 (1)
Coors Classic - stages 1985 (1), 1986 (1)
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Seasons

Greg Lemond - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1981 Renault - Elf 340 158
2. 1982 Renault - Elf 656 78
3. 1983 Renault - Elf 2353 6
4. 1984 Renault - Elf 2037 9
5. 1985 La Vie Claire - Wonder - Radar 3011 4
6. 1986 La Vie Claire - Wonder - Radar 3774 2
7. 1987 Toshiba - Look - La Vie Claire 66 460
8. 1988 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 234 234
9. 1989 ADR - W-Cup - Bottecchia - Coors Light 2550 4
10. 1990 Z 2141 7
11. 1991 Z - Peugeot 1131 36
12. 1992 Z 908 46
13. 1993 GAN 89 333
14. 1994 GAN 168 271
Overall: 19458 60