Yes, it is sad. I am guilty severely guilty of being a cynic on cycling but I still love the sport. I remember in my youth going to the Red Zinger/Coors Classic in Colorado seeing people like Alexi Grewal, Davis Phinney and LeMond duke it out. Ok, I went and watched twice. I do distinctly recall Phinney and Grewal, not LeMond-- but when I lived briefly in England in 1983 I shocked a local cyclist by knowing who not only LeMond was but a whole host of other top Americans, "You're the only Yank I've ever met who knows anything about cycling-- most have never even heard of LeMond." Promise to self-- If I get my fat ass in shape, as a reward I'm going to get a LeMond Frame and have it built into a nice Century Bike. (I also want a Bianchi green Bianchi with Campy parts) I need to start working on it, have a long long way to go.