reg LeMond, the American cyclist who has won three Tour de France victories, has announced his diagnosis of leukemia.
The 60-year-old released a statement on Monday revealing he was showing symptoms of fatigue before a health check confirmed the cancer was “treatable”.
“I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia,” he said.
“Fortunately, it is a type of cancer that can be treated, and it is a type of leukemia that is not life-threatening or debilitating. Following a series of tests and a bone marrow biopsy, which was completed last week, I received my official diagnosis last Friday.
“No one ever wants to hear the word cancer but, let’s face it, it’s a huge relief now to know why I felt bad.”
LeMond won the Tour in 1986, 1989 and 1990 – and is the only American to win the historic race after Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis were stripped of their crowns. LeMond has long been a strong anti-doping voice in sports.
Between his first and second titles, he recovered from life-threatening injuries after being accidentally shot by a friend while on a turkey hunting trip in his native California.