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It’s summer, he’s on the road again, and Greg LeMond is talking about fly fishing and golfing.
The three-time Tour de France winner is making plans for the months ahead, but just over one year ago, his thoughts were a long, long away from casting lines and sinking putts.
“In the first four or five months of last year I told Kathy, ‘I think I am dying,’” LeMond tells Velo on a call from his home in Tennessee. “For two or three years, I’d really been impacted by fatigue, but it got to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed for about two months.”
Kathy, his wife, had been away when things escalated. LeMond hadn’t wanted to concern her about that exhaustion, but ultimately went for tests. The news wasn’t good.
“I did a blood test the week before I told Kathy how bad I was feeling. We got the results back May 10th or 11th. Then I did a bone biopsy the end of May or June, but I was really diagnosed already by then.”
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