George Hincapie Announces Retirement

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06/11/2012| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
George Hincapie is retiring from pro cycling. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
George Hincapie is retiring from pro cycling. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

George Hincapie Announces Retirement

On June 11, 2012 road cycling legend George Hincapie revealed that this will be his final season as part of the professional road cycling peloton. Three-time U.S. national road champion Hincapie said the 2012 Tour de France in July and the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August will be the last two races of his incredible 19-year career.

On June 11, 2012 road cycling legend George Hincapie revealed that this will be his final season as part of the professional road cycling peloton. Three-time U.S. national road champion Hincapie said the 2012 Tour de France in July and the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August will be the last two races of his incredible 19-year career.

Hincapie explained his decision came after much thought and discussion with the people closest to him - particularly his wife, Melanie, whom he met while competing in the Tour de France. "This is definitely not a decision that has been easy," Hincapie explained and continued "I came to the conclusion that I want to go out while I can still contribute and make a difference. To be able to compete for 19 years as a professional cyclist has been something I would have never dreamed of doing. But at the same time, it's also going to be good to spend more time with my kids, who are getting to be the age where they miss me when I'm gone."

Hincapie, who turns 39 on June 29, has played an integral role in helping teammates like Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans and Alessandro Ballan (third at Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders) to success.

Greenville, South Carolina resident Hincapie hopes to stay involved with the BMC Racing Team and the road cycling sport in some capacity. "I don't want to get completely out of cycling," Hincapie explained. "My company, Hincapie Sportswear, obviously revolves around cycling. So I want to see it grow while putting in more time with the people I love. But also know that I'm still feeling strong and healthy and ready to make a contribution to the team these last two months. I'm 100 percent motivated to help Cadel win another Tour de France."

Defending Tour de France champion and teammate Cadel Evans was saddened to hear one of his most trusted teammates will only be at his side one for one more edition of the world's greatest race. "I'm hoping that he'll change his mind, probably like many other cycling fans around the world will do when they hear the news," Evans commented.

"George is incredible. He's the core of the BMC Racing Team and not just on the road as a captain, but also in the structure of the team. He's a part of so many aspects of everything we do because of his tremendous leadership." Evans said he would like nothing more than to have Hincapie lead him onto the Champs-Élysées for a repeat Tour de France victory in July. "It's a dream at this point, but it's a dream that I'd like to deliver to George to thank him for all the sacrifices he's made for me over the past few years."

Team BMC Racing President Jim Ochowicz finds Hincapie has cemented his legacy in the sport with unselfish teamwork and a tireless work ethic. "George was the first big rider to believe in the BMC Racing Team," Ochowicz explained.

"He's led us through the past

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