- Apr 12, 2011
No prob. It should be noted I erroneously stated what was claimed to be fact. The claim is that Lemonds VO2max is the highest recorded/calculated, Lemond's claim in fact - not that he claimed to have the highest, but he claimed to be in the 94-95 range, which would indeed put him as one of the highest, if not the highest cyclists measured.Originally Posted by jpwkeeper .
This is the type of information I was asking for, thanks danfoz.
However anyone taking a look at the 89 TDF closing TT can easily see that one rider looks like a missile and one rider looks like a parachute. Judging by the width of his bullhorns Fignon may have had one of those coaches who believed wider is better because "it opens up the breathing" without understanding the full implication of the aerodynamics. Pure speculation on my part. But Fignon's arms are straight and not bent (therefore not eliminating the forearm from the wind), and frontally viewed they actually fall outside his body sillhouette. It's an aerodynamic nightmare by current standards. In contrast, Lemond's position is pretty similar to riders today. It's hard to believe folks are still questioning this performance and rationalizing the result as "proof" that Lemond doped.