Cyclingfan.net: Now that you have raced 16 Tour de Frances will you try for 17?
George Hincapie: I hope to do one more. It’s been a long career. Longer than average. But I still feel good and I still have a lot to give back to the sport.
Cyclingfan.net: How do you react to being tied with riding 16 Tours?
George Hincapie: My main motivation wasn’t the record. It was helping Cadel (Evans) win the Tour. That was very satisfying. I feel like it’s definitely one of the highlights of my career.
Cyclingfan.net: Is it difficult to have a family while being a professional cyclist?
George Hincapie: Certainly it’s hard to be away from my family for parts of the season. The nice thing for me is that I can bring them over to Spain when school isn’t going on. But the team has been very helpful in giving me a program that allows me to take a break after the Tour and do races in the U.S. like the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that let me stay in Greenville. I like being able to race in the U.S. and not be so far from home.
Cyclingfan.net: When did you start getting interested in cycling?
George Hincapie: My dad was a big part in getting me interested in cycling. He supported me in my racing career and still comes to the races when he can.
Cyclingfan.net: Do you have any hobbies that you do off the bike?
George Hincapie: Not really.
Cyclingfan.net: What is your opinion about the collapse of HTC Highroad?
George Hincapie: Any time cycling loses a team, especially one as successful as the Highroad program, it’s not a good thing.
Cyclingfan.net: How do you feel about all the doping allegations that have been happening?
George Hincapie: Cycling is doing more testing and is trying to clean up the sport a lot more than other sports.
By Luke Allingham