And this from Bernard Hinault re: Greg LeMond.
You knew this was coming....
Hinault Criticizes Lemond and Ullrich
Say what you will about Bernard Hinault, but two things are clear: he was without a doubt one of the greatest cyclists ever, and he says whatever the hell he wants to. If you want some candid words, just talk to Hinault, he always has an opinion, and for the most part, though sometimes a bit harsh, he speaks the truth.
In the past couple of days, Hinault has toed the line on Greg LeMond's recent comments on Lance Armstrong, as well as the ever-popular Jan Ullrich debate.
First, on Lemond, who openly insinuated that he believes Mr. Armstrong to be, for lack of a better term, doped to the gills...
"This is something that keeps coming back, and I think that some of it may be linked to LeMond's jealousy of Armstrong. The fact is that Armstrong has never tested positive. And as long as you don't have evidence I don't see how you can accuse him."
There is indeed no love lost to this DAY between Hinault and LeMond is there?
And now for Jan Ullrich and Hinault's take on it all...
"When Ullrich won the Tour the first time, he won it by a large margin, and was the best in the peloton. Then he did all these stupid things, and exaggerated it all in the winter. He has never achieved that same level again. Yeah, I am a bit disappointed."
When asked whether or not he might be able to win the Tour again... "When one looks at what has happened in the past five or six years, it's pretty hard to believe. On the day that Armstrong retires, Ullrich will have 30 young riders who will all be ready to challenge him. There is Basso, there's Valverde and Cunego, who just won the Giro in an impressive manner at 22. These youngsters have the temperament and they won't deliver any gifts. It will be hotly contested."
What do you think is the cause for Ullrich's weak performance so far this year? Hinault: "I ask myself: has he done everything that was necessary? He rode well at the Tour de Suisse, but now there's nothing doing. With him it always has to do with the kilos. When someone is overweight, you have to do a lot more to lose that weight, and at a certain point, you lose that necessary energy. I once got a little out of hand over the winter and subsequently suffered, but after that it registered with me. After that, I never took on more than 2 or 3 extra kilos over the winter, because it was so tough to come back into good form. You just can't let it get out of hand over the winter."