He is, to date, the only American to have won the Tour de France, even if Lance Armstrong, withdrawn from the list for doping, will tell you the opposite. Three times winner of the Grande Boucle (1986, 1989, 1990), Greg LeMond has remained a faithful follower of the race, to the point of coming almost every year to France. But, at the beginning of July, he will stay at home in the United States to treat leukemia.
“I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia,” LeMond said in a post on his personal website late last week. Fortunately, it is a type of cancer that can be cured, and it is a type of leukemia that is neither life-threatening nor debilitating. My doctors (…) have defined a chemotherapy protocol which will begin this week. No one ever wants to hear the word “cancer”. But it’s a great relief now to know why I felt bad. »
“The long-term prognosis is very favourable”
“I should feel better in a few weeks and in the near future my daily schedule will not change much and I have been told that in a few months I should be in remission, added the one who was also a double champion of the world. The long-term prognosis is very favorable. »
In the immediate future, Greg LeMond will therefore not be able to come to France to follow the race. He hopes to be able to do this remotely from home. “I can’t wait to return to the Tour next summer,” he added, indicating that he would give “in the months to come” news of his health.