Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong once respected each other. There’s a famous picture with the two American cycling icons smiling at a photographer who just happened to catch them laughing and with each rider each seemingly enjoying the other guy’s company.
There were plenty of contentious exchanges of words between the two riders through the years, including the infamous confrontation a few years ago at a press conference at Interbike. There was the Trek lawsuit and myriad other accusations from both riders.
Armstrong in a Tweet once even questioned how LeMond won the final time trial over Laurent Fignon to claim the 1989 Tour de France by eight seconds, still the smallest margin of victory in the race’s 99 editions.
LeMond, now 51 and retires for nearly 20 years, appears as the calm voice of reason, the elder statesman discussing the benefit of the decision for the betterment of the sport.
There are a few smiling moments from LeMond, now the only remaining American Tour de France winner, showing restraint over what must have been an instinct to gloat.