George Hincapie

  
  


Date of Birth: June 29, 1973
Height: 6’3”/1.91m.
Weight: 175 lbs./79kg./12.5st.
Place of Birth: Queens, New York
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Residence: Greenville, South Carolina/Gerona, Spain
Pro Teams: BMC Racing Team (2010-Pres.), Team High Road (2008-09), US Postal Service (1997-2007), Motorola (1994-96)
Website: www.georgehincapie.com
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Olympic Experience

  • 2008 (40th, men's road race), 2004 (24th, men’s road race), 2000 (8th, men’s road race), 1996 (76th, men’s road race), 1992 (16th, men’s team time trial)

World Championship Experience

  • 1st place — 1990 UCI Road World Championships, Juniors, Road Race
  • Competed in the Road World Championships in 1993 and 1998.

Career Highlights

  • Six-time USA Cycling National Champion
  • Four Tour de France stage wins — 2003 (Stage 4), 2004 (Stage 4), 2005 (Stages 4 and 15)
  • Wore the yellow jersey from Stages 1-2 of 2006 Tour de France
  • 5th place — 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, Overall

Points of Interest

  • George is the only rider to support Lance Armstrong throughout all seven of his Tour de France victories (1999-2005) as a member of the U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Teams and has been a teammate to nine overall Tour de France winners (Armstrong, Alberto Contador, 2007, and Cadel Evans, 2011).
  • George is one of only four Americans in history to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France (Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, & David Zabriskie).
  • George is one of 11 Americans to win a stage of the Tour de France.
  • As a member of the Discovery Channel Team at the 2007 Tour de France in which Spain’s Alberto Contador won the overall title, Hincapie supported his eighth Tour de France champion – the most of any rider in history.
  • Together with his brother Rich, Hincapie owns a technical clothing company, Hincapie Sportswear.

Personal

One of the most recognized professional cyclists in the world, 16-time Tour de France veteran and five-time Olympian George Hincapie has been a fan favorite of American cycling enthusiasts for over a decade. Born to Colombian parents, George followed in the footsteps of his father and brother and began racing at the age of 10. After a stunning junior career in which he captured 10 national titles and a pair of world championship medals, it was clearly evident that George was on his way to becoming one of the most successful cyclists in American history.

As member of the 1989 U.S. Junior National Team, Hincapie was atwo-time winner of the Mary Cappy Award, given annually to the most outstanding cyclist at U.S. Junior Nationals (1990-91).

Specializing in single-day events, Hincapie became known as America’s top Classics rider, referring to the series of tough single-day races in Northern Europe each spring. Additionally, his support of Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France victories made Hincapie a legend in his own right and the most acclaimed domestique in history.

In 2003, George met his wife Melanie, a model and podium girl for the Tour de France, while racing at the Tour. The couple moved to Greenville, S.C. where they’ve made their home since 2001. Together, the couple welcomed daughter Julia Paris in 2004 and Enzo in 2008. Off the bike, George spends time contributing to the success of Hincapie Sportswear, a family-owned technical clothing company co-founded by his brother Rich.

Hincapie graduated from Farmingdale High School in New York in 1991. His hobbies include tennis, basketball, mountain biking, music and motorcycling.



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