How Cycling Changed Greg LeMond’s Life

“I wanted to be seen as a good person, and never wanted to let people down, but I found it hard to handle the fame or adulation. I didn’t feel worthy of it. I was ashamed by who I thought I was because I felt partly responsible [for the abuse] and I was never able to enjoy the stuff I should have been able to enjoy. My first thought when I won the Tour was: ‘My God, I’m going to be famous’, and then I thought, ‘He’s going to call’. I was always waiting for that phone call. I lived in fear that anyone would ever find out.” —Greg LeMond explaining how he felt about the fame he acquired

Meet Greg LeMond, An American bicycle racer who was the first non-European rider to win Tour de France, an annual multiple stage bicycle race that is known for its most celebrated event in cycling. LeMond has won Tour de France three times in 1986, 1989, and 1990- he also won the World Road Championship twice in 1983 and 1983.

Famously known as an exceptionally gifted cycling racer, he’s also been through the rough patch before. LeMond is an avid outdoor enthusiast, he basically grew up living an active, outdoor life. Aside all that, LeMond claimed that he was diagnosed ADHD and it was a part of his childhood days. LeMond had trouble focusing in school- he said, “”That’s one of the traits. It’s the inability to sit down [and listen] to something you are not really interested in and absorb it. If they are interested in it, people with ADD excel in really good ways. When I got into cycling I would say the sport itself took a fog off my brain. I was able to absorb stuff I read. It changed my life.”


He is now also an entrepreneur and an anti-doping advocate.

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