As the Tour de France approaches the 16th stage, and American Lance Armstrong sits in the 31st individual spot in the race, another cycling legend made headlines in Colorado yesterday.
Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond took time away from promoting the Tour de Cure
---an August event in and around Boulder County---to speak as much as he legally could about his upcoming testimony in a grand jury investigation looking into alleged doping in Armstrong's cycling teams (background via New York Daily News
LeMond told The Denver Post
he's happy to testify in the case: "I'm hoping it gets as far as it can."
At the center of the investigation is Floyd Landis, a former Tour de France winner with a credibility problem based on his own doping scandal. Armstrong and others have accused Landis of trying to take others down with him, but LeMond wants to see where the investigation will go.
"The fact is, credibility or not, it's irrelevant, because the feds are investigating it," LeMond said. "And either he is leading them down the right path or he isn't."
Landis has also implicated David Zabriskie and Matt White of the Boulder-based Garmin-Transitions
cycling team during their time with Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service squad. Neither rider is under investigation right now.
In much less controversial cycling news, Garmin-Transitions' Jonathan Vaughters tells the founding story of the team
, including a key role played by 5280.
Photo from greglemond.com.