Greg LeMond’s impeccable career to be honoured at Legends’ Night Dinner
Friday 19 December 2014
Three time Tour de France and two time UCI World Road Race Champion, Greg LeMond will travel to the Santos Tour Down Under to be honoured at the Legends’ Night Dinner on Saturday 24 January 2015.
Greg LeMond became the first non-European professional to win the Tour de France in 1986. After a life-threatening gunshot wound during a hunting accident in 1987, he defied all odds by returning to win the Tour in 1989. The next year, 1990, saw Greg once again wearing the Yellow Jersey at the end of the Tour de France, making him one of the greatest cyclists of all time.
Announced today, Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Greg LeMond’s impeccable cycling career and passion for cycling as a cyclist and entrepreneur were unprecedented.
“Greg is a true legend in every sense of the word and one of only seven riders to have ever won more than three editions of the Tour de France,” Mr Bignell said.
“We look forward to welcoming Greg to South Australia to honour not just a decorated cycling career on the bike but his great innovations and training techniques that have been shared with cyclists all over the world.”
Other cycling greats to have been recognised at the Dinner in recent years include history making track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault, Australian Olympic legend Anna Meares and multiple Grand Tour winner, Eddy Merckx.
Greg LeMond said he was looking forward to experiencing the Santos Tour Down Under first hand in January and is thrilled by the Legends’ Night Dinner tribute.
“We love Australia and are looking forward to the visit. You have built a great event and we can’t wait to see it for ourselves,” said Greg LeMond.
Race Director, Mike Turtur said that securing LeMond’s visit to the race will add to the growing anticipation.
“Greg is a true legend of our sport and really changed cycling in so many ways.”
Retiring from competitive cycling in 1994, he was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1996.
Cycling fans will also be able to witness Tour de France champion Cadel Evans contesting the Santos Tour Down Under for one final time before he retires next year. This will be his last UCI WorldTour race and the opportunity to farewell a great champion of the sport.
Rider rosters for UCI WorldTour outfits Team Giant-Alpecin (NED), Trek Factory Racing (USA), Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA), Etixx-Quick-Step (BEL) and Team Movistar (ESP) have all been confirmed to date as well as Australian wildcard entry Drapac Professional Cycling.
Guests at the Legends’ Night Dinner are encouraged to dress up for an evening to remember.
Tickets are on sale now and bookings can be made at www.tourdownunder.com.au
Media are invited to join the Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell and Race Director, Mike Turtur to talk about Greg LeMond’s visit and preparations for the Santos Tour Down Under.
When: Friday 19 December 2014 @ 12 noon
Where: Foyer, Hilton Adelaide, Victoria Square