Former rider calls Lance Armstrong 'top 30 at best' without PEDs

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Former rider Greg LeMond said Monday that Lance Armstrong not a great rider without doping.
Former rider Greg LeMond said Monday that Lance Armstrong was not a great rider without doping. (Getty Images)

This past summer, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said that it would have been impossible to have won seven Tour de France titles without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, former rider Greg LeMond took that sentiment a step further, saying that Armstrong was a "top 30 [rider] at best" without doping.

Appearing on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, LeMond was asked if Armstrong was a fraud.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," LeMond said, according to USA Today. "The greatest fraud was that, I mean, I know his physical capabilities. He's a top 30 at best. I mean, at best. No matter what. If he was clean and everybody else was clean, he's a top 30 at best. He's not capable of winning the Tour. He's not capable of the top 5."

LeMond, who himself has won three Tours and is currently the only American rider to have officially won the title, compared Armstrong's lies to mafia manipulation.

"This is not a sporting infraction," LeMond said. "This is criminal.

"This was an organized mafia and he literally tried to destroy people."

Armstrong, who faces a bevy of pending fraud lawsuits in civil court, has been the subject of criticism since he acknowledged his use of PEDs and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

At least Armstrong still has Jan Ullrich in his corner. The German said this summer that Armstrong should have his titles reinstated because, at that time, everyone was dirty.

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