Greg Lemond: Yellow Jersey Racer

Paper over Board | October 20, 2016

byGuy Andrews

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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. LeMond changed cycling more than any other rider in the history of the sport.

LeMond was a talented all-rounder, with a reputation as one of the canniest racers of his generation. As adept at racing on the cobbles 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 a hatful of podiums at the world's toughest bike races.

He was admired by his peers and respected by his rivals. Yet Greg LeMond's 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. LeMond was the first cyclist to focus almost exclusively on winning the Tour de France and the World Championship, knowing they were most valuable to his fans and sponsors. His superstar talent and charisma broke cycling into the mainstream media with multiple turns asSports IllustratedAthlete of the Year. Greg LeMond raised cycling from its provincial roots into a professional sport with global reach.

But LeMond's story took a tragic turn in 1987: While out hunting, he was accidentally shot and lost so much blood that his life hung in the balance. His eventual recovery was as miraculous as what happened next: he came back to the world of bicycle racing to claim victory in the Tour de France in the closest finish in the history of the race.

Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racerdocuments LeMond's legendary career year by year. LeMond's early promise as a young rider of limitless talent, his raw battle to take victory in the 1986 Tour, his unbelievable comeback from near death, the resurgence of his career as he faced a new generation of supercharged EPO athletes-this celebration of LeMond covers it all with incisive writing, intimate interviews with teammates and rivals, and illuminating photographs. Key moments in LeMond's career are documented with spectacular photography including the iconic pictures you remember and new images not seen outside LeMond's personal circles. 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.

Greg LeMond is known best for winning the Tour de France in amazing fashion, butGreg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racercelebrates the entire fascinating career of the rider known as "the American".

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.

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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. LeMond changed cycling more than any other rider in the history of the sport.LeMond was a talented all-rounder, with a reputation as one of the canniest racers of his generation. As adept at racing on the cobbles of...

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"It doesn't get any easier, you just go faster." - Greg LeMondGreg LeMond was the first and only American Tour de France winner, but that is only half of the story.Throughout most of his career, LeMond tried to ride a full racing season from spring to autumn-equally at home on the cobbles of the spring classics as he was on the high mo...

Guy Andrews is the founder and former editor of the cycling magazine Rouleur. He is now a columnist and contributor to several cycling magazines including Bicycling and The Ride. He is also the author of several books on cycling, including The Custom Road Bike, Bike Mechanic: Tales From the Road and the Workshop, and Magnum Cycling.

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Format:Paper over BoardDimensions:304 pages, 12 × 10 × 1.12 inPublished:October 20, 2016Publisher:VelopressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193771568X

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Greg LeMond

Introduction

1977-1980

American Flyers - Jeff Bradley

Palmarès

Reportage

1981

A Most Excellent Adventure - Kent Gordis

Palmarès

Reportage

1982

Flying by the Seat of his Pants - Phil Anderson

Palmarès

Reportage

1983

New Kids on the Block - Sean Kelly

Palmarès

Reportage

1984

From a Piece of Cake to Holy Cow - Ron Kiefel

Palmarès

Reportage

1985 112

The Enemy Within - Stephen Roche

Palmarès

Reportage

1986

The Scot, the Breton, and a Californian - Robert Millar

Palmarès

Reportage

1987

The Show Must Go On - Shelley Verses

The Shooting Accident

1988

The Only Way Is Up - Andy Hampsten

Palmarès (1987-88)

Reportage (1987-88)

1989

Good for Nothings - Johan Lammerts

Palmarès

Reportage

1990

Keeping the Punters Happy - Ronan Pensec

Palmarès

Reportage

1991-1992

LeMonster - Otto Jacome

Palmarès

Reportage

1993-1994

The Old Pro and the Neo Pro - Chris Boardman

Palmarès

Reportage

The Bikes

Glossary

Editorial Reviews

"Guy Andrews documents LeMond's entire legendary racing career and his lasting influence, one that saw him change cycling more than any other rider in the history of the sport." - VeloNews