hmmm.Lemond was lighter than Hinault, and yet was a better TTer
are u sure about that?
I think lemond was taller...
and i really question whether he was a better TTer. (and I am a huuuuuge lemond fan).
Hinault beat him in every TT at the 1986 TDF when Hinault was at the end of his career.
and please check out the kind of time differences hinault would put into people in 78 and 79.
the tough thing about lemond is that he was no doubt one of the greatest and most talented riders ever. however, his career and chances to show that talent were so limited by first riding as a teammate of both hinault and fignon, then the hunting accident, and then his own illness and the peloton succumbing to EPO...
for instance, in modern times, no one has won a world championship alone by as much as Lemond did in 1983 (even Merckx or Hinault). and merckx commented at the time that it was an extraordinary feat.