Monday, September 17, 2007

1989 World Championships

6 comments:

e* said...

Amazing. Thanks for posting this. I got goosebumps when Lemond came across to the chase group. That descent -- 87 kmh on wet roads, sans helmets -- was incredible. You really have to appreciate how hard those guys are. Lemond had an engine the size of a 747.

bikesgonewild said...

...i concur, goosebumps & a big smile when they hit the line...i recall a photo where kelly looks like he's shaking his head in wonderment that he couldn't come around lemond even after greg's long final go...i mean, jeez, kelly was "the" hard man...

...glad you put this up...i feel like lemond is somewhat misguided at times re: his approach to cleaning up cycling, but it angers me the way younger riders slam him in print w/ disregard to his amazing accomplishments on the wheel...that smiling kid out of california was also a hard man in his day...that fact should never be forgotten...

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Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that most of Lemond's critics were not cyclists during his reign? These Johnny-come-latelys started riding during the Lance era. They have no idea how important and good LeMond was.

Anonymous said...

anonymous I second that! In 15 years people will look back and have more respect for Lemond than Lance.

Playing the could have would have card. Lemond is a better all around racer and if the were of the same era Lemond would be the king. Keep in mind Lance trained for one race only were Lemond was a stud all season.

Bob said...

Lemond IS more of a champion the Lance, I believe also because he was ready to race in any event. Lance doesn't seem to have that joy factor when he rides. I saw Greg come across the finish at the Fat Tire Fest 40 this weekend, and he was smiling all the way. He also stuck around at the finish and chatted like a regular guy. We need more ambassadors like this. I posted some pics at my new site.
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