The Loyal Lieutenant

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The Loyal Lieutenant

Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris

By George Hincapie; Craig Hummer

William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062330925, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 26, 2015


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. Chronicling the exhilarating ride of his career, Hincapie takes us through his adrenaline-junkie amateur years to the Olympics, going professional, and reaching his true calling as "domestique" a role in which Hincapie would lead Armstrong to seven straight Tour de France victories.

Respected as a natural cyclist and tireless team player, George earned a sterling reputation which would enable him to rise above a confession that shocked the entire sports world, when he became a key witness in the doping case of Lance Armstrong. Revealing the role of drugs in cycling, why he chose to quit, and what led to the testimony that broke Armstrong's case, Hincapie makes an impassioned argument for a change in the sport. Interspersed with commentary from others in the cycling community, The Loyal Lieutenant offers an honest and compelling account of not only a dark period in professional cycling, but also the demands required of the best in the field.