George Hincapie – Featured Rider Interview

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

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