Monday, November 05, 2012
Greg LeMond..in his own words
Randy over at College Cyclery forwarded me a couple of great images of pro cycling from the 1980s recently and it reminded of this interview with former Reno resident and Tour de France champion Greg LeMond.
In light of everything that has transpired in the world of professional cycling in the last few weeks it is interesting to go back to the words of LeMond. In recent years he has been vilified in many ways for the way he has gone after doping in professional cycling, and in particular, Lance Armstrong. And while I haven't always agreed with his approach to confronting these issues, I certainly appreciate his candor and willingness to say and do the unpopular thing even in the face of ridicule.
The interview is from about six years ago and the topics include everything from Roland Della Santa, bicycle technology, early racing experiences, training methods, and of course, doping. Clearly LeMond has been vindicated for being so outspoken when nearly everybody from the decades after he hung his bike up has been implicated, caught, or admitted to doping. Even local favorite Bobby Julich has recently come clean on his years of doping.
The interview is about an hour long and every minute is worth it. You can also download it as a podcast.