L29205 said:Don't forget wins in the Coors Classic in 81 and 85. IMHO, The Coors Classic was the first true Pro Tour level race in the US. To bad Coors decided to change their marketing direction.
Also, one thing to consider is that after LeMond, the team captains had contracts that could afford them the ability to focus on a single race. When you are not concerned about the prize money being your true salary you can adjust your training style to focus on the race of choice.
LeMond only really narrowed his focus after his accident, even then he competed in Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Tour du Pont, Giro. He wasnt competitive in all those races but I remember he was an important teamate to Duclos-Lassalle in Paris-Roubaix in 92. Lance was the first rider to focus on even less events.
LeMond was probably the last Tour winner(along with Fignon) to actively compete in Paris-Roubaix which is now something I really admire.