Former American cycling camp Greg LeMond has announced that he has contracted leukemia. He said: "The purpose of this statement is to let you know that I have been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Fortunately it is a treatable type of cancer and a type of leukemia that is not life threatening or debilitating.
Somewhere. week I was suffering from fatigue and this prompted me to undergo a follow-up visit which also included some blood tests. After a series of tests and a bone marrow biopsy, completed last week, I received the official diagnosis last Friday.
my doctors at the University of Tennessee, with the advice of a team from the Mayo Clinic, have outlined a chemotherapy protocol that will begin this week. "
LeMond, between the 1980s and the early 1990s, won three Tour de France and two World Championships online.
He then finished in 2nd place both the Milan-Sanremo and Lombardia. In the Giro d'Italia, however, LeMond, in 1985 finished 3rd behind Bernard Hinault and Francesco Moser. In April 1987, while on a hunting trip in California, his brother-in-law accidentally hit him in the chest with a shotgun.
The serious accident forced LeMond to abandon the activity, but the American managed to recover the best form and to reappear two years later still winning. He won the Tour again in 1989, after a duel with Laurent Fignon, over which he prevailed for only 8 seconds, and in 1990.
In 1990 he won the three of a kind at the Grand Boucle, after an extraordinary duel with a young Claudio Chiappucci who surprisingly forced him to take the yellow jersey only in the penultimate time trial stage. Starting in the late nineties, he dabbled in US car racing.
After two years of racing in the US Formula Ford 2000, he competed in some speed touring competitions and in 2005 he tried to compete in the Pikes Peak at the wheel of a Toyota Corolla WRC. The attempt ended with a very light exit from the road in a ditch on the side of the road, but enough to eliminate him from the race.