Congratulations to Big George Hincapie
Lance Armstrong is poised to win his 7th Tour de France. Throughout all seven, George Hincapie has been his first lieutenant on the US Postal/Discovery Channel team. In the cycling world it's tough for more than one rider on a team to make a statement in a stage race. Although Hincapie has had some individual glory in some tough races, winning this year's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, and placing second at the Paris-Roubaix Classic, we know him best as Lance's strongest domestique. He's an all around rider, like Lance. He climbs well and he can sprint with the best of them (he was fourth in the Tour prologue). But yesterday Big George (at 6'3" he a monster for a cyclist) made a hell of a statement by winning the most difficult stage of the entire Tour. Hincapie joined an early breakaway in the 127 mile 15th stage through the Pyrenees. He sat at the back of the breakaway waiting for Lance to join him but when the Breakaway had an 18 minute lead on Lance and the rest of the Pelaton, George was given the go-ahead from his team officials to race for himself. He pulled away with only Spanish climber Oscar Pereiro of Phonak. With 300 meters to go, the race was all Hincapie. Pereiro can climb, but Hincapie can climb AND sprint. He's a class act and he deserves the win as much as he deserves the podium girl (the babes that present stage winners with their flowers and with kisses on the cheek) that he married.