George Hincapie Interview

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03/18/2004| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
George Hincapie with coach Chris Carmichael.
George Hincapie with coach Chris Carmichael.

George Hincapie Interview

Thomas Valentinsen talks to George Hincapie.

not raced much with him this year, so that is difficult for me to answer. But the one race I did with him, I noticed that he seemed a lot more confident.


It is my impression that you focus a lot of your energy on the spring classics. Why is this, and where do you plan to make your move this year?

The spring classics are races that I love, and feel that I have a chance to win one of them. That is why I focus so much on them.


Do you harbor any ambitions to one day make a challenge for the World Cup?


Of course that would be great. It just depends on how the first ones go, then you can plan out the rest of the year. It is never easy though, when you have to focus on the Tour as well.

 

Does your role change within the team from race to race? If so, in what aspect?


Yes it does, if I am not riding well, I help the guys out, or if we are in a grand tour, I help the team. If I am going well, and it is a one-day race the team will help me.

You've been with the
US
Postal team since Day One. Tell us about how the team has changed and evolved since then.


When the team first started, we were all just trying to get any result. Any result would be good. Our main goal the first year was to be invited to the TDF. Now we go there for only one thing. We also have some of the best riders in the world now on the team.

 

Do you still live in
Girona, Spain?

 

Yes.

What is the training like there with all the other pros such as Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton, Floyd Landis and Christian Vande Velde?


We are all on different training and race programs, so we don't train together that much. When we do get together it is quite fun, seeing all of the different pros. We have our own little peloton here.

 

What do you consider your best accomplishments in cycling both domestic and abroad?

Winning the national championships, Gent-Wevelgem, and being part of the winning Tour de France team for 5 years now.


Where do you see yourself after your professional racing career is over?


My brother and I have started a small cycling clothing company in the

US
. It has gone really well so far. I am hoping that it will continue to expand and I can play a bigger part in that. I have also met a lot of great people since I have been in the sport, and maybe I can go work for some of them, at one point.


The world of cycling was shocked when Marco Pantani passed away earlier this year. What are your feelings about the Pantani tragedy?

 

It was a terrible tragedy. We were all very shocked, and sad. My thought and prayers go out to his family and friends.


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