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By VeloNews Interactive
Fans of America’s first three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond, will be able to see him on television and hear him on radio for the next couple of days as he begins a media swing through New York to discuss bike racing, the Tour de France and the upcoming Saturn Cycling Classic in Colorado.
Starting Wednesday morning, LeMond will appear on NBC’s Today show to generate interest in American cycling, including the Colorado race, where he has signed on to be the official starter at the August 10 event.
The Saturn Cycling Classic is, with some justification, being touted as the toughest single-day cycling event on earth. The 140-mile race on a route that climbs over seven mountain passes and descends over steep paved and dirt roads as it crosses the Continental Divide before dropping to the finish in the ski resort town of Breckenridge, all while reaching altitudes over 11,500 feet.
“The Saturn Cycling Classic is exactly the kind of event the U.S. needs to develop future stars at the highest pinnacle of racing in the world. This is epic stuff, the kind of race I would have loved,” said LeMond, who will ride in the pace car for the entire race.
A Tour de France winner in 1986, 1989 and 1990, LeMond had raced on some of the same terrain in 1979 he won the Red Zinger Classic and then returned in 1985 and 1986, splitting Coors Classic victories with his teammate Bernard Hinault.
Starting with Wednesday’s Today show, LeMond will be spending a busy two days in New York, visiting with major media outlets to promote the Saturn race.
Wednesday July 17thToday Show – NBC TelevisionABC Sports Network Radio Interview with Cliff Bond – providedto 4,500 stationsNew York Times Interview with Frank Litsky – Interview and lunchat Sardis Restaurant Time Magazine Interview – Americans in cycling NY1 Sports on One The Last Word – Taped interview to airWed. evening MSG TV – Ten minute taped interviewThursday July 18th CNN – Paula Zahn American Morning CNN Radio Interview – will air August 10thTV Guide Channel – taped interview to run prior to the August18th airdate for the ESPN2 bike race show produced by Ric Lacivita.CNBC Power Lunch – On air at 1:40 PM EDT – Interview and CyberBikeNY Daily News – Interview