WASHINGTON — Greg LeMond, winner of the world's premier bicycle race, met with President Reagan today and said later he was happy that "I'm finally getting some recognition for what I do."
The 25-year-old from Lakewood, Calif., the first non-European to win the 2,500-mile Tour de France, was accompanied to the Oval Office by his wife, Kathy, and their son, Jeffrey, 2 1/2. Jeffrey, suffering from jet lag, was "kind of a grump" and pushed aside Reagan's hand as the President introduced himself, LeMond said.
The cyclist presented Reagan with a yellow jersey from the award ceremony, and in return received a presidential jar of jelly beans, a book marker and a mug.
LeMond, asked about his own politics, sidestepped the issue, describing himself as a sportsman and an athlete. "I have to really watch myself in Europe for that," he said.