George Hincapie Garces is an American professional road bicycle racer residing in Greenville, South Carolina.
He is often seen as a key domestique of the seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. However, Hincapie does have several important wins of his own, including Gent-Wevelgem in 2001 and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in 2005. Also in 2005, Hincapie took two stage wins at Dauphine Libere and 2nd place at Paris-Roubaix. He is always considered one of the favorites for Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. In 2005 he also had his first stage win in the Tour de France. On July 17, 2005 he finished seven seconds ahead of Oscar Pereiro to win stage 15. Hincapie finished 5:03 ahead of the race favorites including teammate and eventual race winner, Lance Armstrong.
His father, a Colombian, introduced him to cycling, and his first race training was in New York City's Central Park. Hincapie is married to former runway model and Tour de France podium girl Melanie Simonneau, and they had their first child, daughter Julia Paris, on November 3 2004.
In 2004, Hincapie launched his own line of sportswear with his brother Richard.
Hincapie is the only rider who rode with Lance Armstrong in each of his seven Tour de France victories. Hincapie won his first Tour de France stage on July 17, 2005 in stage 15 from Lezat-sur-Leze to Pla d'Adet. It was the first stage won by a teammate of Lance Armstrong since 1999, and it was Hincapie's first stage win in 10 Tours.
Hincapie placed 32nd in the 2006 Tour de France, finishing one hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds behind Tour winner (contested) Floyd Landis.
In recent years Hincapie has shown a talent for short individual time trials (ITTs), winning the prologue at the 2005 Dauphine Libere, placing second three times and third once in prologues in 2006 (including at the Tour de France), and placing second in the short ITT at Three Days of De Panne. He also won the ITT at the Eneco Tour of Benelux in 2006 and placed fourth in two longer ITTs that year.
Hincapie will ride for Team High Road during the 2008 season, departing Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team shortly before it disbanded. He is easily distinguished from the pack by his large size and Oakley sunglasses.
National U17 Road Race Champion;1991
World U19 Track Cycling Championships, Pursuit - 3rd;1992
1st, TTT, US Olympic Trials;1994 – Motorola-Magniflex
1st, 2 stages & Points Classification, Tour de Luxembourg
1st, stage 3, West Virginia Classic;1995 – Motorola
1st, 8 of Chaam (Netherlands);1997 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team
1st, Stage 1, Setmana Catalana;1998 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team
National Road Race Cycling Champion
1st, Overall, Killington Stage Race;1999 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team
1st, First Union Classic
1st, Points Competition, Tour de Luxembourg
1st, Stage 6, PruTour;2001 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team
1st, BMC San Francisco Grand Prix;2002 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team
59th, Overall, Tour de France;2003 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team presented by Berry Floor
7th, Overall, Tour of Belgium
47th, Overall, Tour de France;2004 – U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team presented by Berry Floor
1st, Overall, Three Days of De Panne
33rd, Overall, Tour de France
1st, Stage 4 Team Time Trial;2005 – Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
14th, Overall, Tour de France
1st, Stage 15
1st, Stage 4 Team Time Trial
32nd, Overall, Dauphine Libere
1st, Stage 7
1st, GP Ouest-France
2nd, Paris-Roubaix;2006 – Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
USPRO National Road Race Championships
32nd, Overall, Tour de France
Maillot jaune after stage 1, worn during stage 2
2nd, Overall, Eneco Tour of Benelux
1st, Stage 4 (ITT)
Red jersey after stage 4
3rd, Ronde van Vlaanderen
4th, Overall, Tour of California
1st, Stage 2
1st, Stage 5;2007 – Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
1st, Overall, Tour of Missouri
1st, Stage 2
2nd, USPRO National Championships Road Race
20th, Overall, Tour de Georgia
3rd, Stage 6
24th, Overall, Tour de France
3rd, Prologue;2008 – High Road
Tour of California
Stage 3, Most Aggressive Rider
1st, Stage 7
Discovery Channel Cycling Team
Hincapie Sportswear Line
George Hincapie's U.S. Olympic Team bio
George Hincapie profile
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