Tour de Drama
The Dauphine reveals who is looking good for the 2012 Tour de France.
its large budget and transforming that to wins. If you remember, Sky said that this was a three year program to start winning and that's what they have done.
Another squad that has a large budget is BMC Racing Team which also impressed at the Dauphine. And by "they" I mean Cadel Evans. A stage win, second place and two thirds in addition to his third place on the final general classification means that the Tour de France defending champion has a bit of work to do in comparison to Wiggins. But he's awfully close to the winning form necessary to repeat.
For the longest time I thought the Schlecks (or is the plural Schlecki?), particularly Andy, would be a threat to the G.C. and by looking at his results so far I think the safest bets would not be where he finishes on the G.C. but if he finishes at all.
Andy crashed in the Dauphine time trial and abandoned a couple of days later. Brother Frank is also having some hard luck with a crash in the Giro d' Italia and then also dropping out a couple of days later, much to the chagrin of RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel. This led to a good old fashioned war of words and it was being duked out in public for all to see. Not the classiest way to conduct team business, but hey, I guess RadioShack (I'm referring to the corporation that kicks in the money so they can have their big red "R" on the jersey) knew what they were doing when they hired Bruyneel?
As I'm writing this article it was announced that George Hincapie is retiring after this August's USA Pro Cycling Challenge. From the press release Hincapie said, "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's retirement is an end of an era in many ways, but here are some of his career highlights.
- Five time Olympian
- 17 Paris-Roubaix finishes
- 17 Tour of Flanders finishes
- When he starts this year's Tour de France it will be a record breaking 17 participations, besting the record of Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk.
It's a stellar career that is only missing a Paris-Roubaix win - a classic that was near and dear to his heart. However, I don't think that will keep him up at night as other things will undoubtedly keep him occupied such as family life and his clothing company Hincapie Sportswear.
Hincapie goes on to say that he would like to stay involved in cycling in some capacity. Next year the Hincapie Development squad is transitioning to a U-23 team. Perhaps he could transition into a mentor to these riders? But like