Ninety5rpm said:Aero bars?
Polish said:Aero bars.....Lance 1987
TT Helmet....Fignon 1985
Greg was the Father of the Million Dollar Contract Negotiation.
Big Money SponsorShip Deals also.
On the downside, a negative legacy, is that Greg convinced a slew of gullible young riders that EPO will transform you into a TdF winner.
red_flanders said:He was a pioneer in bringing the TT bars to big-time Pro races.
Yes, Tri athletes used them, that's where they came from.
He didn't invent a lot of stuff, he was willing to experiment and push the envelope in a sport where innovation was often slow. He was visible, successful and innovative. Did he invent TT bars or was he the first pro to ever use them? No. On the other hand, look how many used them in the 1989 TT's. Then look at 1990.
superleicht said:Definitely more money. In an interview some years ago Sean Kelly said the money for riders quadrupled after Lemond hit the European scene. (I also recall the press coverage where Guimard and Hinault came to the states to get him to sign a contract - there was a hilarious photo of BH in boots and cowboy hat!)
I have often thought that Greg had an indirect influence re increasing the incidence of doping because of the increased value of riders' contracts. Not blaming him, but when the money increased, the number of guys wanting to make it as a pro increased. Instead of an alternative to being a truck driver or factory worker, you could actually get rich riding a bike.
You can count Lance amongst that number.