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Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond announces leukemia diagnosis

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.

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