Gallery: Images from ‘Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer’

Photography: Offside/L'Equipe, courtesy of VeloPress

  • Dirk Demol

    Fantastic. Been waiting for this.

    Came into cycling just as Lemond was making a name for himself.

    Love the photos.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • no-way

    Hero of my childhood. Great Pictures!

  • P3N54

    Yet another testament as to how far cycling equipment has come in the years since. Not only in a good way, though.

  • Allez Rouleur

    I still remember being home from school during summers and ESPN showing the Tour de France. I was many years away from being an avid roadie, but I definitely remember LeMAN and the awesome Tours of the late 80s.

  • Luke Bartlett

    Another coffee table book to add to the list.

  • Andy Nelson

    Greg LeMond is America’s only Tour de France winner. Fixed for you.

  • jules

    like many, LeMond’s ascendancy coincided with my discovering the sport. I was utterly enthralled with the 1989 Tour and re-watched WWoS segments on it that I taped over-and-over. for longer than I’d care to admit, I’d watch WWoS episodes hoping that they would show cycling segments – suffering through dozens of segments on swimming, lacrosse, log throwing, etc.

    the romanticism of cycling in that era really took me. western riders breaking into the Euro scene, exotically named Euro pros who you never heard of in Australia dominating. the scenery.

    LeMond’s victories stand the test of time as truly great. Fignon would have won the 89 Tour if he hadn’t been suffering from such terrible saddle sores, but there are questions over Fignon – who was my hero at the time.

    After the Indurain and Armstrong eras, I and a lot of other shelved LeMond’s legacy a bit. But we now know (or believe) that he is back in his righteous place. What a star.

    • Dirk Demol

      Jules .. have you read we were Young and Carefree?

      • jules

        I did start. I’ve heard it’s good so I’ve meant to get back to it. My initial impression was that Fignon was trying to paint himself in a better light than he may otherwise be portrayed. Particularly when he wrote about never touching the good stuff, which it’s a matter of record is BS – he did.

        • Mark Blackwell

          It’s not one of the great books, but he seemed pretty honest to me… absolutely admitted to using amphetamines (almost recreationally), but honest and frank about other things too, like his inability to rejuvenate Paris-Nice.

          And boy do I remember watching whole afternoons of WWoS just to get the 10 minutes of ESPN cycling coverage, complete with music from John Tesh and dramatic, scripted voiceovers from Phil. Not to mention waiting three months for the latest issue of “Winning” magazine to finally reach Australian newsagents… hard to believe nowadays!

    • 2wheelsandme

      Well said…Thankfully WWoS did put on some cycling, their broadcast of Paris-Roubaix was always well done…

  • exemplary1

    A spectacular selection of photos – thank you for this walk down memory lane.

  • Damien Cook

    The Fignon/LeMond pic is an absolute ripper. Don’t worry about the riders and their gear. Check the fashions and 80s hair on the roadside. Classic!!

    • Dirk Demol

      I know what you mean. I saw more ? in that selection of shots than I did during the whole Doha championships.

  • bincepilot

    Pre-ordered mine the other day. Feels like waiting for Christmas. Met the great man twice! Once on the Champs Elysees at the 89 Tour.

  • Wily_Quixote

    Is it just me or do riders in the 80s look like fit athletes and not the corticosteroid-ripped and muppet-armed winners of today?

    I doubt if Le Mond would have the power/weight ratio to win a tour these days.

    • Nomad

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Those guys back then looked very fit and actually had some muscle…LeMond looks good on that photo of the start of TTT at the 86 Tour.

      Even the riders of the 02-vector doping prevelance era of the 90s/00s look better than today’s GT contenders. All I see now is a multiple Tour winner who looks anorexic and other GT contenders who have taken weight loss to a whole new level.

  • John

    I love that he has finally been vindicated, everything he came out and said was true and not said in anger. There is a lot cycling can learn from this living legend. His math and Science on what Humans can do on a bike has proven to be pretty accurate.


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