SOURCE: LeMond Cycles

February 27, 2007 11:51 ET

LeMond Bikes Introduces Their Lightest Carbon Road Bike, Tete De Course, at 2007 Tour of California

WATERLOO, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 27, 2007 -- Three-time Tour De France Champion Greg LeMond and LeMond Bikes introduced the lightest LeMond race bike ever, the Tete De Course, at the 2007 Tour of California. The atmosphere of the 2007 Tour of California served as a perfect backdrop for this epic introduction. Editors from all major U.S. cycling media outlets testrode the bike on some of the same terrain the pro riders pedaled this past week.

On the eve of the tour's prologue in San Francisco, LeMond Bikes hosted a public showing of the 1989 Tour de France. During the screening, legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett and Greg LeMond provided stories and insight from the classic race. After a lively Q&A session with the audience, the new LeMond Tete De Course was wheeled onstage for its public unveiling.

The 2008 model is an extension of the popular LeMond Carbon Triomphe platform. The Tete De Course builds on the Min-Max Design Theory which minimizes frame weight while maximizing efficiency and performance.

With the Tete De Course, LeMond has created an 850-gram frame for serious roadies. This is the first time a LeMond bike has gone sub-900 grams. To create the lightest, most efficient bike possible, LeMond aggressively shaped the carbon tubes minimizing surface area where possible, and also introduced high modulus carbon throughout the frame. The end result is a built-bike weight of 15.1 pounds on a 55cm bike without pedals.

The Tete De Course also brings some other firsts to LeMond. This bike is the first LeMond to feature carbon dropouts which shows its commitment to creating the ultimate, no-compromises bike for racers. It's also the first LeMond to use SRAM's Force group. The exceptionally lightweight component group features the crisp performance demanded by racers. Also showing up for the first time on a LeMond bike are Bontrager Aeolus wheels. The carbon Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 wheel system is the same wheel used by pro cycling teams such as the Discovery Channel, Toyota-United, and Kelly Benefits/Medifast.

The Tete De Course will be in stores June 2007, however, pre-orders can begin immediately. The advertised retail price of the bike is $6,699.99.

For more information on the Tete De Course or any of LeMond's Carbon Triomphe bikes, visit www.lemondbikes.com.

About LeMond Bikes (www.lemondbikes.com) Greg LeMond is the first name in American road cycling. LeMond is a three-time Tour de France champion and two-time World Professional Road Race Champion. Since LeMond's retirement in 1995, he has designed the world class LeMond Racing Cycles which are handcrafted in Waterloo, Wisconsin. For more information about LeMond Racing Cycles visit www.lemondbikes.com.

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    Travis Ott
    LeMond Asst Brand Mgr
    920-478-2191 ext 12016
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