LeMond slips to 6:39 behind 5 legs left TOUR DE FRANCE

July 24, 1991

L'ALPE D'HUEZ, FRANCE SDB — L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) -- Greg LeMond's reign at the Tour de France appears to be nearing an end.

The three-time champion fell further behind leader Miguel Indurain after yesterday's famed 78-mile stage through the Alps. With just five stages to go in the 22-stage race, LeMond remained fifth overall -- 6 minutes, 39 seconds behind the leader.

LeMond, who usually excels in the mountains, finished 14th in the stage that began in Gap -- 1:58 behind stage winner Gianni Bugno of Italy.

Indurain, meanwhile, strengthened his grip on the yellow jersey by finishing behind Bugno, with Luc Leblanc of France third.

The Spaniard, looking for his first Tour victory, has a 3:09 lead over Bugno in the overall standings, with Claudio Chiappucci of Italy third, 4:48 back, and Charly Mottet of France fourth, 4:57 behind.

On Monday, LeMond showed signs of moving back into contention and was 4:42 behind Indurain when yesterday's stage began.

LeMond declined to comment after yesterday's stage, saying, "I'm not talking to anyone."

LeMond, bothered in recent days by fever and aching feet, is in danger of posting his worst finish in six Tour de Frances. He was third in 1984, second in 1985 and first in 1986. After missing the next two races, he won in 1989 and '90.

17th stage (Motorola is the sponsor for the American team)--1. Gianni Bugno, Italy, Chateau d'Ax, 3 hours, 25 minutes, 48 seconds; 2. Miguel Indurain, Spain, Banesto, 1 second behind; 3. Luc Leblanc, France, Castorama, 2 seconds behind; 4. Jean-Francois Bernard, France, Banesto, 34 seconds behind; 5. Steven Rooks, Netherlands, Buckler, 43; 6. Claudio Chiappucci, Italy, Carrera, 43; 7. Thierry Calveyrolat, France, RMO, 43; 8. Pedro Delgado, Spain, Banesto, 45; 9. Laurent Fignon, France, Castorama, 1:12; 10. Alvaro Mejia, Colombia, Ryalcao, 1:13; 11. Uwe Ampler, Germany, Histor, 1:58; 12. Charly Mottet, France, RMO, 1:58; 13. Gert-Jan Theunisse, Netherlands, 1:58; 14. Greg LeMond, Wayzata, Minn., Z, 1:58; 15. Gerard Rue, France, Helvetia, 2:00.

Other Motorola riders 16. Andy Hampsten, Boulder, Colo., 2:01; 62. Phil Anderson, Australia, 4:52; 112. Urs Zimmermann, Switzerland, 11:36; 122. Dag-Otto Lauritzen, Norway, 12:48; 143. Andy Bishop, Tucson, Ariz., 14:53; 149. Steve Bauer, Canada, 15:35; 150. Ron Kiefel, Boulder, Colo., 15:35.

Overall standings (after 17 stages) 1. Indurain, 79 hours, 5 minutes, 25 seconds; 2. Bugno, 3 minutes, 9 seconds behind; 3. Chiappucci, 4:48; 4. Mottet, 4:57; 5. LeMond, 6:39 behind; 6. Leblanc, 6:53; 7. Fignon, 7:03; 8. JTC Hampsten, 9:25; 9. Eduardo Chozas, Spain, ONCE, 16:22; 10. Rue, 16:57; 11. Delgado, 17:14; 12. Maurizio Fondriest, Italy, Panasonic, 20:27; 13. Abelardo Rondon, Colombia, Banesto, 20:33; 14. Denis Roux, France, Toshiba, 21:18; 15. Bernard, 22:33.

Other Motorola riders 8. Hampsten, 9:25; 48. Anderson, 53:32

56. Lauritzen, 1:02:27; 95. Bauer, 1:26:42; 106. Zimmermann, 1:29:50; 134. Bishop, 1:41:38; 140. Kiefel, 1:46:04.

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