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3x Tour de France Champion Greg LeMond (ep. 580)

Greg LeMond

Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond joins John O’Leary on the the Live Inspired Podcast.

Greg LeMond has revolutionized the sport of cycling. As one of the most iconic cyclists in history, Greg is the sole American to clinch the Tour de France, not just once but three times.

Today, Greg takes us on a journey behind the scenes of his life and career, unveiling his intense rivalries with cycling’s finest and how a near-fatal hunting accident reshaped his purpose both personally and professionally.

And yet, Greg’s quest for greatness extends far beyond personal triumph. He is a fierce advocate for the integrity of the sport—a visionary who calls for unyielding anti-doping measures.

My friends, this episode transcends the sport of cycling. Greg is a true champion that has rewritten the boundaries of what it means to be truly great. If you’re searching for an upstanding model of courage, resilience, integrity, determination, and overcoming all odds, this conversation is for you.

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up in a blue collar family, moving to Incline Village, Nevada introduced him to the magic of nature and the outdoors.
  • To stay in ski-shape during the off-season, Greg started cycling. He soon began entering races, winning his first 11 and enjoying the adrenaline rush.
  • In just two years of competing, Greg was able to cover all of his expenses from his winnings.
  • At 17 years old, Greg returned from competing in Europe and set his goals: win World Championships, win the Olympics, and win the Tour de France before 25.
  • Racing to challenge himself: Unlike many other competitors, Greg didn’t race to race against others. He raced to challenge himself.
  • In 1981 at 18 years old, Greg was offered a position on the professional cycling team Renault-Elf-Gitane.
  • During his early professional struggles, Greg credits his wife of more than 40 years Kathy with being his teammate.
  • Having the least amount of bad days: While racing for 21 consecutive days during the Tour de France, bad days are inevitable but the goal is to have less bad days than your competitors.
  • Earning his first Tour de France victory in 1986, Greg felt betrayed by his team. Soon after this win, Greg was involved in a near-fatal hunting accident that continues to impact him today.
  • “When people get to cocky, too confident, it’s when they’re most vulnerable.”
  • After retiring in 1994, it was years before Greg fully understood the prevalence of doping in the sport of cycling.
  • Learn more about Greg’s carbon fiber ebikes and how it’s reshaping the future of cycling here.

Looking to pedal into another episode?

Don’t miss my conversation with legendary multi-faceted entertainer (and former Tour de France announcer!) John Tesh. With more than 45 years as an internationally recognized journalist, composer, broadcaster and concert pianist, it’s John’s story of courage, resiliency, relentlessness, faith, achieving and humility that will leave you inspired. Listen to John Tesh on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 244.

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GREG LEMOND'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. I was a curious kid.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My Tour de France jersey and trophies.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. George Washington.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. The race isn't over until it's over.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Be a little more selfish. I'm a very open person. I think people think I'm naive and they  try to take advantage.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. I was a compassionate, caring person that lived my life, honestly, ethically, and did things right.