Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond has announced that he has been diagnosed with a form of treatable cancer, chronic myeloid leukaemia.
In a statement posted on his personal website last Thursday, LeMond said the illness is not life-threatening but has led to bouts of fatigue and will prevent him from attending this year’s Tour de France in person.
“No one ever wants to hear the word cancer but, sure, there is a great relief, now, in knowing why I felt bad,” LeMond, 60, wrote. “My doctors and I have decided on a treatment which will start this week. I should be feeling better in a few weeks and in the near future my daily schedule will be little changed and I have been told that in a few months I will should be in remission.
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The most decorated American male cyclist in history, LeMond won his first Tour de France in 1986, then won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990.
Since retiring from competition in 1994, LeMond has been a strong anti-doping advocate and is recognized as the only American Tour de France champion – after Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis were stripped of their titles for misdemeanors. doping.