Originally Posted by newfydog
I gotta side with Greg. Besides the fact that he is a skier.
Lance is not a good guy...his friends don't stay friends for long. Just read this letter in Velonews which says it best.
LeMond's a straight shooter
Another round fired by both sides in the continuing feud between Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong. This is sad. Both are Tour legends who should both have their rightful place in cycling's pantheon of gods.
My first thought each time is, what does Greg have to gain from what he is saying about Lance? The answer I come back to each time is, "Nothing."
Greg always was, and still is, a straight shooter who ducks no questions and gives reporters the real scoop, not some polished, PC babble. Greg always wore his emotions on his sleeve, and that is why we all came to love him 20 years ago. He was our first American cycling hero, the boy next door who conquered Europe in "their" sport - and heck, he did it twice with a pound of lead in his body! He's always been real and authentic in all ways. If Greg says it, I tend to believe it.
Lance always was, and still is, all about Lance when it comes to cycling. We've seen time and time again that anyone who disagrees with Lance is dismissed by The Great One as silly, or insolent, or jealous - or now, "not in check with reality." Cross him and he throws you to the wolves. Never mind even considering that where there's smoke, there just may be fire. If Lance says it, I tend to cringe and not know what to believe.
That's not a good sign.
So Lance, lay off Greg. He led the way for you. Show some respect for a true legend.
They're just different personalities. Lance is hyper-competetive, as are most of the guys at that level. he wouldn't have won all those yellow jerseys if he wasn't. Hell, he may have never returned to cycling after cancer if he wasn't. I have no real animosity towards Greg. As I said, I think he's a good guy, and if I were to meet him on the street, he'd probably come across as a very nicer person.
I think what has added to Lance's poor image (in some people's minds) is that he got sick of all the personal attacks by the media, fans of other cyclists, and the UCI. It just wore on him. Back in his triathalon days, he admits he was pretty much an arse. Cancer cured him of that, but the spotlight and personal attacks wore on him to the point that some of that old attitude returned. Then, with zero insight or provocation, people like Lemond, who was a huge idol of Lance's started attacking him. That had to sting pretty bad. Lance has been tested more than anyother athelete in the world, by probably a factor of 10, and still comes out clean. So if he uses anything that's performance enhancing, it's legal stuff, and probably being used by a majority of his competitors. I can't imagine that anyone who has been through chemo would be willing to put anything else toxic in their system. He's a human anamoly, and everyone knows it. Just looks at the guy's VO2 max levels. He's off the charts. That doesn't make him a cheater, it makes him lucky.
I just really wish they would kiss and make up (not that there's anything wrong with that
), because I like both of them. But I think that because of what Greg has said about Lance, Lance may never be willing to forgive and forget. And I think that Greg is just convinced (even if there's no evidence) that Lance, and every other pro rider is a cheat, so he probably wouldn't be willing to let it go either. It's really too bad, because, as you said, they are both legends.
In watching that recent interview with Greg, they were talking about that TT where he beat Hinault for the overall GC win. They said he averaged
something like 34mph. That's just friggin sick! Can you imagine how fast he could have gone with today's technology?! On level ground, I could probably hold 34mph for about 2 pedal strokes.
On the other subject, I think communication is fine, but only to a point. I don't like the computer assisted stuff either. Maybe if they allowed the comms, but didn't allow computers in the cars, I would be more interesting. Or go back to the old days, and no team cars at all. Only neutral service vehicles with doctors, bikes, parts, and bottles/food, etc.