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Hincapie: Credit where credit is due(5 posts)

Hincapie: Credit where credit is dueNeedSpeed
Jul 28, 2002 4:11 AM
Okay, so I've been critical of George before for his performances in the Classics and especially at USPRO this year. But I heartily congratulate George on his finest TdF EVER. For a big guy like George to be able to stick with Lance in the mountains for almost entire stages until the final mountain passes is a testament to Hincapie's effort, heart and form. Way to go George and way to go USPS. My only two regrets are that Heras didn't win a mountain stage and that Postal didn't win the team classification. They were clearly stronger than ONCE over the entire race. The tempo in the mountain ranges set by Hincapie, Eki, Padrnos, Pena was so fast that ONCE didn't have enough gas left in the tank to attack. And all 9 guys will be rolling down the Champs Elysees. Like Lance said, this was the year of the team.

I'd like to see George go out with a win: either at NYC next weekend (I'll be there!) or at the San Francisco Grand Prix. After working so hard this year and not having a victory, George deserves one. I hope he has something left in the tank to go for it.
Well said!DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 7:57 AM
As a 205-lb (formerly 220, thank you very much) rider who's quick in the flats, damn fast on descents, and the image of death on big climbs, Big George is my idol! It has to be hard to slog up mountains with guys up to 50lb lighter than you, but Big George did it with determination and class.

Not to detract from Heras's achievements at all--he's a great climber, but Hincapie... WOW. He's an inspiration to us heavy folk!
I too have been critical of George and his lack of ..Pecos
Jul 28, 2002 8:34 AM
agressiveness in the classics and USPro, but I must say he did a great job for LA in this Tour. He is a "Super Domestique" but will never be a Grand Tour GC contender.

By the way George probably weighs in at more than 25lbs less than your 205 especially after this Tour. FYI :O)
I know, I know...DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 8:45 AM
OK, but he's still a big dude by pro cycling standards... Thanks for the reminder, though... :)
Can't agree more.look271
Jul 28, 2002 8:33 AM
He was a real workhorse for the team, as well as the rest. As Phil and Paul said, George could probably go with a smaller team as a leader, but chooses to stay on USPS with Lance. That in itself shows a lot of class (not to mention the fact that it most certainly more lucrative financially to do so....=) ).