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"It'll be a day when I can relax and enjoy the Tour de France," he said. "I always enjoy the Tour de France, but this day I'll really enjoy."
"It's all been amazing," Kathy said as she stood near the finish line in Paris with Simone and the other two LeMond children, Geoffrey and Scott. "I was walking down the Champs-Elysées last night, and I realized I was passing a restaurant where, exactly 10 years ago, Greg and I had dinner with Bernard Hinault. Hinault was trying to convince Greg to sign a pro contract.
"Here we were, two 19-year-old kids. Our knees were knocking because we were in the presence of the great Hinault. We didn't know a word of French. We were scared to death.... And here we are."
The peloton was wheeling along the Champs-Elysées in the closing minutes of the race. Mostly ceremony. The day again was warm. The cheers again were for LeMond. The Star-Spangled Banner soon would be played.
"About the van—" someone said.
"We got it off the mountain at 10 o'clock, after everything had cooled," Kathy said. "We drove it here. Everything was fine. Then yesterday the transmission fell out. Right here in Paris."
There would be no such problems with her husband. None at all.