Say sorry to Greg Lemond on Facebook

Your chance to make amends for doubting the American whistleblower

by Sarah Barth   September 25, 2012  

Greg Lemond gives Lance the big stare

Did you have your doubts about Greg LeMond's allegations about Lance Armstrong? Ever feel a pang of regret now he's been proved right?

Make amends and clear your conscience immediately using the power of the Internet.

Just log on to Facebook, click here and tell LeMond just how sorry you are for doubting him.

LeMond was the first America Tour winner, and went on to win twice more.

In July 2001, LeMond criticized Lance Armstrong for associating with Michele Ferrari, the now-banned doctor who should have the word 'controversial' added to his name by deed poll.

He said: "When Lance won the prologue to the 1999 Tour I was close to tears, but when I heard he was working with Michele Ferrari I was devastated. In the light of Lance's relationship with Ferrari, I just don't want to comment on this year's Tour. This is not sour grapes. I'm disappointed in Lance, that's all it is."

CONI, the Italian National Olympic Committe, banned him from all involvment with sport as long ago as 2002 and any athlete caught associating with him risks a six month ban, as Filippo Pozzato found to his cost recently.

So now LeMond has been vindicated. One person leaving a message on the site said: "Got to watch Lemond roll into Paris in yellow in '90. The last an only American to Win le Tour. No apology necessary, 'cause I never doubted you."

Another wrote: "I won't apologize. I've believed Greg from day one. I wish I could apologize on behalf of the bajillions of idiots out there who have been force-fed lies and manipulated messages for years and STILL think LA is 'clean.' Let's see if any one of those folks is willing to step up here and genuinely apologize."

But not everyone was there to say sorry. One Facebook user said: "Your all dopers, everyone. LA was just the best doper. LA has single handedly resurrected rode cycling. If it weren't for him we would all be riding mountain bikes. Don't be sour mr Lamond, it takes a doper to know a doper [sic]."

The Facebook page now has 1,126 followers.

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LeMond was the first^H^H^H^H^Honly American Tour winner, and went on to win twice more.

TFTFY

Right, who's making the popcorn?

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
25th September 2012 - 20:50

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Oh Jebus, this story just brings more and more ridiculous things to the forefront and with it, more people to laugh at Devil

I cant want for the UCI to decide if USADA are right. If they have the power to implement the punishments that they have.....etc.

Until such times as the UCI has had their say. Then if any of the parties take it to CAS, which I see coming. Then I wish everyone would stop jumping at each other.

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posted by Gkam84 [8681 posts]
25th September 2012 - 21:07

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Get stuffed! Like LeMond was clean... pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot...

posted by dino [57 posts]
26th September 2012 - 4:17

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'Did you have your doubts about Greg LeMond's allegations about Lance Armstrong'

no.

posted by andyp [796 posts]
26th September 2012 - 7:55

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i'm certainly not going to apologise to greg lemond of all people. there's no smoke without fire ...

posted by Karbon Kev [667 posts]
26th September 2012 - 8:52

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I would feel better about this if Greg apologised for his nasally whine first....

posted by dwbeever [30 posts]
26th September 2012 - 9:14

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Damn..

I have a MTB, I have a Roadie, I have a Commuter / Hybrid type jobby and now I'm gonna have to buy a"Rode Bike"...

Will the expense never end ?? Smile

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [299 posts]
26th September 2012 - 11:01

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dino wrote:
Get stuffed! Like LeMond was clean... pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot...

I'm not aware of doping allegations against Lemond, care to enlighten me?

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2937 posts]
26th September 2012 - 12:51

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notfastenough wrote:
dino wrote:
Get stuffed! Like LeMond was clean... pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot...

I'm not aware of doping allegations against Lemond, care to enlighten me?

It has been alleged that LeMond took EPO during the 1989 Giro. This allegation was made by a Mr. L. Armstrong, of Austin, Texas. (And nobody else).

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
26th September 2012 - 14:04

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Ah, righto! Nuff said.

I have just been reading about the spat between Greg, Lance and Trek over the Lemond bike brand. Forgot about Lemond bikes, they were quite cool.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2937 posts]
26th September 2012 - 14:44

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I had a lemond bike. It was really good until the seat post got stuck in the frame (it was steel). It was the most comfortable bike I have ever owned. Though, it was heavy.

posted by petejuk [25 posts]
26th September 2012 - 15:07

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I've got two LeMond bikes. One steel, one carbon. I like 'em plenty. I get compliments on them every once in a while, mostly from older riders, and I don't think it's just because of the pretty colors. Cool

Greg>Lance

posted by TheBigMong [218 posts]
26th September 2012 - 18:29

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Perhaps we should wait until USADA issue their 'reasoned decision', which, I've just read, is going to take another two weeks. WTF!

posted by pwake [280 posts]
26th September 2012 - 18:30

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For fecks sake, Lance == guiltyLittleShitWhoCheatedEveryBody but most of all himself !. get over it, forget about him. As for greg we'll never know - but occams razor would
say in all probability - he didn't, because he was that type of guy.

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [122 posts]
3rd November 2012 - 23:18

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I read the Sports Illustrated article detailing LeMond's turnabout after receiving "iron shots". In the timeline of EPO it was a quite a few years after it had been developed, and just prior to being allowed for general medicinal use. I have seen no evidence that iron shots can bring about the kind of performace chance documented to be shown by LeMond. If it happened today (taking iron shots followed by a huge performance increase) it would cause outrage. In fact shots are disallowed by present UCI rules.

Personally I think he probably did take EPO, but it was not by his own choice, rather his trainers and doctors and did it without his knowledge. However, later he must at least have had his suspicions, as the facts about EPO became public. But I guess there is nothing harder to see than the end of your own nose.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cycling/1998/tourdefrance/tourdefrancea...

"Shortly after .... things began to turn. LeMond had a second injection of iron and started feeling stronger. ... LeMond decided to go for broke in the final stage of the Tour of Italy, .. If he ran out of gas — "blew up," in cycling parlance — so be it. But LeMond didn't blow up. He finished second, a whopping minute and 18 seconds ahead of Fignon, the overall winner. "It changed my entire outlook," says LeMond. "Obviously, there was nothing wrong with me physically.""

Charlie Horse

posted by ch [99 posts]
21st May 2013 - 5:40

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