German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday, taking his tally to five stage wins since the start of the race.
"What we will see is I guess a train from Sky (setting a high pace in the climbs)", LeMond, who is on the Tour as an analyst for Eurosport, said on Wednesday in his daily chat with Reuters.
"It's incredible because even being at the top of your game, you're never sure to win".
"It's flawless at the moment", said Kittel. The coiffed Kittel, firmly ensconced in the green jersey, now stands more than 100 points ahead of closest rival Michael Matthews. "I can be happy about my legs but not the end".
On Stage Nine, he was part of an elite climbing group that featured three-time champion Froome, multiple Grand Tour victor Nairo Quintana, talented Frenchman Romain Bardet and 2015 Vuelta a España victor Fabio Aru. For others, however, the memory was not all sweet.
Fabio Aru saw key domestique Dario Cataldo crash out while his Astana team-mate Jakob Fuglsang, fifth overall, went to the hospital for checks on his injuries - which could prove a significant blow to their tactics in chasing down Chris Froome.
Three of the main contenders crashed as last year's runner-up Romain Bardet, third overall, Jakob Fuglsang (fifth) and twice victor Alberto Contador (12th) hit the deck in separate incidents.
Two-time former champion Alberto Contador is one of those.
Froome stayed safe in the pack and kept his overall lead intact before the battle between the main contenders resumes in the mountains. Romain Bardet, 51 seconds behind, can also launch an attack that could potentially break the peloton.
"In the last kilometres, I was thinking that I could do it", he said. The following year Simpson managed top 10 finishes in two of the most prestigious one-day classics La Flèche Wallonne and Paris-Roubaix with trademark attacking rides that, although ultimately futile, earned him many admirers. "I'm hoping to hit the last week in the best shape I've ever been", commented Froome.
With 27.5-km remaining and the peloton only 30-seconds behind, Bora-Hansgrohe's Pole Maciej Bodnar dashed away from his breakmates.
Great Britan's Simon Yates maintained the white jersey, dawned by the best rider under 25 years of age, and France's Warren Barguil held onto his King of the Mountains polka dot jersey.