1985: Stage 17 of the Tour de France was a pivotal moment for all involved. LeMond went up the road with Stephen Roche, however was told by his team director, Paul Koechli, to wait for GC leader Bernard Hinault. LeMond would later say that he was lied to, regarding how far back Hinault was, and that he could have won the Tour that day. He ultimately finished second overall to Hinault, 1:42 down.

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Greg LeMond is America’s only recognized Tour de France winner, yet his three Tour victories tell only part of his story. Now a new book, Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer, celebrates LeMond’s entire amazing career and his lasting influence.

LeMond was a talented all-rounder, with a reputation as one of the canniest racers of his generation. As adept at racing on the cobblestones of the spring classics as he was on the mountains of the Grand Tours, LeMond rode a full racing season from spring to autumn. His never-say-die spirit also bagged him two World Championship titles and podium finishes at the world’s toughest bike races.

LeMond was admired by his peers, and respected by his rivals, yet his influence on cycling extended off the bike as well. He was the first cyclist to command a $1 million salary, raising the stakes for all other teams and riders and pushing the Tour organization to reach more spectators through expanded TV coverage. He was the first cyclist to focus almost exclusively on winning the Tour de France and World Championships, knowing they were most valuable to his fans and sponsors. His superstar talent and charisma broke cycling into the mainstream media with multiple turns as Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Year.

Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer — written by Guy Andrews, founder and editorial director of Rouleur — documents LeMond’s legendary career year by year: from his early promise as a young rider of limitless talent, to his raw battle to take victory in the 1986 Tour, to his unbelievable comeback from near death, to the resurgence of his career as he faced a new generation of supercharged EPO athletes.

Key moments in LeMond’s career are documented with incisive writing, intimate interviews with teammates and rivals, and illuminating photography. Many of the famous protagonists in LeMond’s world — rivals, teammates, and friends — contribute extensive interviews, speaking candidly about his incredible career and his continuing legacy in the sport of cycling.

LeMond is known best for winning the Tour de France in amazing fashion, but Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer celebrates the entire fascinating career of the rider known as either “LeMonster” or simply “The American.”


Used with permission of VeloPress from Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer, by Guy Andrews. Hardcover with full-color interior and photographs throughout. 304 pages, $45. Includes extensive contributions from LeMond and interviews with Jeff Bradley, Kent Gordis, Phil Anderson, Sean Kelly, Ron Kiefel, Stephen Roche, Robert Millar, Shelley Verses, Andy Hampsten, Johan Lammerts, Ronan Pensec, Otto Jacome, and Chris Boardman. Available November 2016 in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Learn more at velopress.com

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