American cyclist Greg LeMond, winner of
three Tours de France, suffered a back injury and was hospitalized after a car
accident near his home in Minnesota, Internet site Velonation reported Friday.
The 51-year-old former world champion has no memory of the accident, which
occurred on Tuesday while he was driving to the dentist in icy weather,
according to the news site.
His wife Kathy said he will probably have to wear a corset for three months
but should recover fully. He was expected to be discharged from the hospital
by week’s end and “other than the pain in his back, he is in good shape,” she
“We don’t really know what happened, but there were about 400 accidents
here this weekend. The roads have been terrible due to the icy conditions,”
his wife was quoted as saying.
LeMond was the first American to win the Tour de France, in 1986. The
victim of a serious hunting accident in 1987, he managed to make a comeback
and win cycling’s greatest race in 1989 and 1990.
He also won the World Cycling Championships in 1983 and 1989.