The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris [NOOK Book]

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George Hincapie is one of the most recognized cyclists in the world—a record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, beloved teammate, and celebrated lead-out man for Lance Armstrong. It was his sterling reputation that enabled him to publicly rise above a doping confession that shocked not only the cycling community but the entire sports world when he became a key witness in the case of Lance Armstrong and drugs in cycling. For the first time since that confession, "Big George" reflects on his years...

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The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris

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Overview

George Hincapie is one of the most recognized cyclists in the world—a record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, beloved teammate, and celebrated lead-out man for Lance Armstrong. It was his sterling reputation that enabled him to publicly rise above a doping confession that shocked not only the cycling community but the entire sports world when he became a key witness in the case of Lance Armstrong and drugs in cycling. For the first time since that confession, "Big George" reflects on his years as a world-class rider, offering an honest and compelling account of not only a dark period in professional cycling but the demands required of the best in the field.

Hincapie's life has been intrinsically tied to the sport he loves. Raised in Queens, New York, in a tight-knit Colombian family, he grew up with his father's love of cycling and the Colombian "cycling warrior" archetype. Chronicling the exhilarating ride of his career, he takes us through his adrenaline-junkie amateur years to the Olympics, going professional, and reaching his true calling as Lance Armstrong's most prized "domestique"—a role in which Hincapie would lead his then best friend to seven straight Tour de France victories.

In The Loyal Lieutenant, Hincapie speaks openly about his relationship with Armstrong, which was so integral to both of their successes. He addresses how he himself began doping and why he chose to quit long before the headline-making revelations—and, finally, what led to the testimony that broke Armstrong's case. The Loyal Lieutenant is George Hincapie's story: the per-sonal evolution of a cycling superhero coming clean about his past to, he hopes, help restore honor to the sport he loves.

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Editorial Reviews

Ty Murray
“A well-written book encompassing all the things I like about sports and sports heroes—the trials and tribulations, the drama, and the choices . . . I think this book will make everyone who reads it, if they are honest, ask ‘What would I have done?’”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-07
With action/lifestyle sports broadcaster Hummer, world-class cyclist Hincapie recounts his career spent in the shadow of disgraced champion Lance Armstrong.It's tough to determine whether the fairly recent resurgence of popular interest in competitive cycling is due to the racing itself or to the doping controversy that has surrounded it for the past decade. Whatever the case, the now-retired former cycling phenom Hincapie feels compelled to share his story with the world. Unlike prima donnas like Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, the author's role in many Tour de France (and other) international cycling victories was mainly one of team-oriented strategy in making sure his team's star member shined as brightly as possible in every race. Of course, this more secondary role still won Hincapie plenty of accolades, but it also did not prevent him from eventually indulging in the same sort of illegal performance-enhancing drugs that Armstrong and most of the other stars of the sport were using. It's interesting to note that Hincapie's depiction of Armstrong rarely acknowledges Armstrong's nasty competitive side, owing most likely to the fact that Hincapie never seriously challenged Armstrong and so never caught the full wrath of the world's foremost cycling celebrity. The author is not exactly contrite when it comes to his role in the doping scandals, either: Like Armstrong and other PED users, Hincapie saw doping as an unfortunate but necessary evil. Much like Hamilton's The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France (2012), this book ultimately serves to tear away the gentlemanly facade of competitive cycling to reveal the sport's profoundly unromantic underbelly.A straight-edged, readable memoir that will do little to polish cycling's tarnished reputation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062330932
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 38,129
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

George Hincapie is one of the most recognized riders in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships, and professional victories to his credit. Hincapie was a valued teammate and leader to winners of cycling's top events such as the Tour de France, World Championships, and Milan–San Remo. Since retiring from professional cycling, George has taken a more active role in family business interests, including Hincapie Sportswear. He lives with his family in Greenville, South Carolina.

Craig Hummer is an Emmy-nominated sports broadcaster who has been involved in the action/lifestyle sports world for more than twenty years, first as a professional athlete in the sport of Ocean Ironman racing, and now as a commentator having covered more than fifty sports. A graduate of Kenyon College, where he was a seventeen-time All-American, he lives with his family in Manhattan Beach, California.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Enjoyable book by a cycling great!

    I'm an avid cyclist and one of the many fans of George Hincapie. With this in mind, I really enjoyed reading his book about all that went into becoming one of the greatest cyclists. He is frank and honest about what it took to get there. LOTS of hard work, natural ability and also his PED use and the culture then. Later his commitment to stop and try to get other riders on board with clean cycling and the even harder work it then took to stay on top.

    Easy reading, but interesting for fans of cycling.

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