On the eve of the 25th edition of El Tour de Tucson Saturday, Greg LeMond told a local newspaper that he believes cycling is in a position for a fresh start after recent doping scandals.
"I've known for many years it was a time bomb that would eventually go off," said three-time Tour de France winner LeMond about the use of doping to the Tuscon Citizen. "And I'm quite happy it has gone off. Now the sport can start over again, go free."
LeMond was set to ride the 109-mile race along with up to a record 10,000 other participants. It was to be his third attempt at the event, but he was realistic about his performance. "I'm 50 pounds [22.7 kg] heavier than at my riding weight," said LeMond, who weights 205 pounds (93 kg).