American bicycle owner Greg LeMond is to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. That is certainly one of North The us’s two best civilian honors, with the opposite being the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
LeMond received the Excursion de France thrice, in 1986, 1989, and 1990.
The Space of Representatives handed a vote at the award on September 19 following the bipartisan invoice’s submission by way of Californian congressman Mike Thompson, a Democrat.
The invoice nonetheless has to get previous the U.S. Senate after which be signed by way of President Donald Trump, however that is anticipated to be a formality.
President Trump would possibly remember the fact that LeMond was once a kind of who competed in his Excursion de Trump of 1989, a 10-day 927-mile professional level race at the U.S. East Coast which completed out of doors a Trump on line casino in Atlantic Town. This on line casino was once later bankrupted. (“Mr. Trump’s on line casino industry was once a chronic failure,” reported the New York Instances in 2016.)
LeMond completed approach down within the scores on that race–then and now it was once thought to be just a little of a funny story–however his victory within the 1989 Excursion de France is the stuff of legends.
After 3 weeks of racing the space between chief Laurent Fignon and LeMond at the eve of the overall day was once 50 seconds. The race into Paris was once a person race in opposition to the clock. LeMond received the time trial–the use of newfangled “aero” handlebars–with a margin of simply 8 seconds, the smallest general hole ever between the Excursion de France winner and the rider completing 2d.
The victory was once much more particular taking into consideration that LeMond had lately recovered from a near-fatal looking coincidence.
“I all the time felt Greg’s success was once larger than biking,” says Daniel de Visé, creator of The Comeback, a 2018 biography of LeMond.
“Congressman Thompson first contacted me ultimate October. He had learn my e book, and he sought after to be able to acknowledge Greg as an American hero.”
A commentary from Thompson’s administrative center remarked that Lemond was once “some of the largest American athletes in historical past.”
Pointedly, Thompson mentioned that LeMond was once the “handiest American to win the Excursion de France” and was once a champion of “wholesome athletics and blank festival,” unsaid digs in opposition to disgraced U.S. rider Lance Armstrong who has stripped of his seven Excursion de France victories after admitting to having doped right through his occupation.
“I’m really humbled to be known by way of the U.S. Space of Representatives,” stated LeMond.
“Biking modified my existence for the simpler. The game has the prospective to lend a hand everybody be more fit and extra lively.”
Different athletes who’ve been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal come with sprinter Jesse Owens and golfers Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Rep. Thompson is a senior member of the Space Committee on Tactics and Method.