George Hincapie

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George Hincapié at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation
George Hincapié at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation
To person
Full name George Hincapié Garcés
Nickname Big George
Date of birth June 29, 1973
nation United StatesUnited States United States
discipline Street
Team (s)
US Postal / Discovery Ch.
High Road / Columbia
BMC Racing Team
Most important successes

3 × US road champions
Gent – ​​Wevelgem

Last updated: October 10, 2013

George Anthony Hincapié Garcés (born June 29, 1973 in Queens , New York City ) is a former cyclist of Colombian origin. He served as team assistants on all seven - later because of doping but knew - Tour de France -Siegen of Lance Armstrong participated. During this time he was able to celebrate successes himself, for example with the classic Gent – ​​Wevelgem 2001 and was three-time US road champion. In 2012, the last year of his career, he confessed to using doping.

Origin and youth

Hincapie grew up in Queens, New York, as the son of a Colombian immigrant who was a successful cyclist in his home country . Together with his brother Michael he started cycling and rode his first cycle races in Central Park .

Athletic career

In 1996, Hincapie became a professional with the US cycling team Motorola and in 1997 switched to the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team , to which Lance Armstrong also belonged from 1998 .

Hincapie contested the Tour de France 17 times and finished the tour 16 times. He was considered the noble helper of Lance Armstrong and was the only team colleague of Armstrong who provided helper services for all seven - later revoked - tour victories. In Armstrong's last success in 2005 , he was 14th and was able to win a difficult stage in the Pyrenees , after he was involved in a breakaway on behalf of the team as a watchdog ; However, this success was revoked in 2012 due to a doping confession. After Armstrong's temporary resignation, Hincapie finished second in the prologue of the Tour de France 2006 behind the day's winner Thor Hushovd . In the course of the subsequent first stage, he won the yellow jersey thanks to a time credit , which he wore during the second stage.

Hincapie was also successful in the one-day races . He won the US road championship three times and in 2001 the classic Gent-Wevelgem. However , Hincapie was never able to win his favorite race Paris – Roubaix . His best place was a second place in 2005, where he had to admit defeat in the sprint Tom Boonen . In 2006, Hincapie was promisingly in a top group with favorites like Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara when he broke the steerer tube of his racing bike and fell so badly that he crashed in the three-kilometer-long cobblestone section of Mons-en-Pévèle, 47 kilometers from the finish Had to give up the race due to a shoulder injury.

In 2008 he moved to Team High Road , which was renamed Team Columbia in June 2008 . From the 2010 season he drove for the BMC Racing Team , with which he ended his career at the end of the 2012 season. On October 10, 2012, Hincapie admitted that he had been doping during his career until 2006. Together with ten other former teammates, Hincapie incriminated Lance Armstrong against the US anti-doping agency USADA , accepted a reduced suspension of six months from September 1, 2012 and a disqualification in all races between May 31, 2004 and July 31, 2006.

Business career

George Hincapie and his brother Richard own the sportswear company Hincapie Sports, which Richard founded in 1998 . The products have been manufactured in Medellín since 2003 by a company owned by her uncle Jorge. The company is a sponsor of the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team , founded in 2012 , the farm team of its last team as an active cyclist.


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Grand Tour placements

Grand Tour 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - - - - - - - - - - - - DNF - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France - DNF 104 53 78 65 71 59 47 33 13 32 24 35 17th 59 56 38
Red jersey Vuelta a España 110 - - - - - - - DNF - - - - - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.

Web links

Commons : George Hincapie  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Sebastian Moll: Ex-Helper Hincapie: Armstrong's servant on cobblestones. In: Spiegel Online . April 8, 2006, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  2. a b c of October 10, 2012: Six former Armstrong USPS teammates receive bans from USADA
  3. Hincapie according to Ten Devils in the "Hell of the North" on from April 9, 2011: "This is the one race that I dream of all year long, and look forward to all year long."
  4. of April 9, 2006: The mean machine takes first Roubaix win for CSC
  5. Hincapie ends his professional career on v. June 11, 2012
  6. Former Armstrong helper: Tour record driver Hincapie admits doping. In: Spiegel Online . October 10, 2012, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  7. com October 11, 2012: Eleven former teammates weigh on Armstrong
  8. The Hincapie Story on ( Memento of the original from April 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed April 18, 2014.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /