Greg LeMond's impact on the traditional European peloton gained him just as much as it cost him throPIC BY GARY J. BOULANGER The silver minivan pulled into the parking lot behind the historic Palo Alto Bicycles at 6:25 p.m. on February 21. Less than two hours after the exciting finish of the Tour of California's stage three into San Jose, three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond flashed his trademark smile and graciously made his way into the shop. With the rest of the ToC entourage on its way to Monterey, CA for stage four, LeMond was in town to promote his new top-of-the-line bike, the LeMond Tete de Course, meet old and new friends, and share some great racing stories. LeMond is also the Honorary Chairperson for the American Diabetes Association's premier cycling event, the Tour de Cure. He invited everyone to join him June 10 for the Silicon Valley Tour de Cure. LeMond's 19-year-old son Scott was also in the audience, himself a recent cycling convert. The familiar sandy blonde hair has greyed, the svelte Tour de France body has thickened, but like his racing days, LeMond's steely blue eyes show the intensity of a gifted pro cyclist. Bud and Neal Hoffacker, sons of Palo Alto Bikes founder Bernie, were among LeMond's first sponsors. The Avocet brand was new and upcoming, just like the young skier-turned cyclist from Reno, Nevada. LeMond regaled the crowd with stories of his naivete as a young racer. He knew he had what it took to win, and most of his early racing was in the San Francisco Bay area, where grass-roots road racing had a foothold. The teenage skier and his father, real estate agent Bob LeMond, got into bike racing together in the mid 1970s, and it didn't take long for young Greg's abilities to shine through his wool jersey and leather hairnet. Check back soon for more from LeMond's visit to Palo Alto Bikes. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.