Sunday, July 17, 2005
CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THAT! American George Hincapie can't quite believe he's won the hardest stage of the Tour de France. Hincapie became the first teammate of Lance Armstrong to win a TdF stage since Lance started fielding a team in 1999. Hincapie has been the only rider to be with Lance on all 6 (and maybe 7?) TdF wins. "Big George" was also a member of the Motorolo team, along with Lance, when their team leader and 1992 Olympic road racing champion Fabio Casartelli died in a crash on this stage of the Tour ten years ago. The peloton passed the site of his death, now marked with a monument, during the stage. Photo credit: Roberto Bettini at cyclingnews.com.