A 17 time Tour de France participant, Olympian and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case, takes readers on an exhilarating ride through his life, discusses his dedication to coming clean about his own past and restoring honor to the sport he loves 12,500 first printing....
|Title||:||Loyal Lieutenant, The|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||HCSportUK 24 Juni 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||475 Pages|
|File Size||:||693 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Loyal Lieutenant, The Reviews
I enjoyed reading these inside views on past cycling history moments. I remember watching Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stages of the 2002 to 2008 period and it excites me now to relive those moments from a rider's perspective who made a major impact on the race's developing.
That is the word which comes to mind after reading this book. I never had much sympathy before reading this book for Hincapie, because of his, in my mind, ambiguos relationshiphandling with LA. But everybody who loves cycling and the crazy, dysfunctional, beautiful, heartbreaking and heartwrenching world of pro cycling, as I do, HAS to read this book. Because George Hincapie does too and it shines brightly through everything. I am really touched by the book. Cycling, a race, the peloton - for me is like life. That is why I am addicted to cycling, like I never would be of Formula 1 for example. Competing together, but ultimately winning and losing alone, the outcome of the race, a career depends on others as much as it depends on the rider and his/her commitment; every new day, race, the situation has to be reevalueted, friends today might be enemies tomorrow. All this can be said about everyday life, in school, a job, a marriage... No other sport mirrors humanity like cycling. In good as in bad times. And I am touched, that George Hincapie can still feel this and still has passion for the sport. And I love something well executed - just for the beauty of it. Chapeau. On many levels.
I like the book because he writes more about the races and sport and not only about the drugs they took (like Michael Barry)!
I was always a fan of big George. It was always evident that he had a big heart literally and figuratively, and I always rooted for him, especially in Paris Roubaix. There are some great parts of this book, but unfortunately it is clear that it is written with an agenda and position in mind. By the end I wanted to say, "You don't have to write this crap George!...we love you anyway". I would have loved to read more about the early, innocent years because I know literally nothing about the world of domestic cycling , particularly in the early years. George was obviously a real phenomenon, and it would be great to read more about that time. Ultimately I think the book is worth a read but with the knowledge that there is a PR rehab agenda behind it that weakens the value and was unnecessary for real fans. I hope George writes a book without lawyers sometime.
There's some irony in an autobiography written by a low-drama athlete, with a well controlled ego. And that absence of drama may be why I have to say I wasn't crazy about the book.Hincapie's racing career was marked by tremendous triumphs for those he helped, not just the tainted victories by Lance Armstrong, but enduring ones by Cadel Evans and others, and by near misses in his own favorite races, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.In sports terms, Hincapie is a rarity -- a true star but a star as a team player, someone who helps other members of his team attain glory, maybe the cycling equivalent of an offensive lineman in football.He tells his story from childhood to his retirement from cycling. His deep appreciation for his family -- especially his father and brother and their contribution to his cycling career -- is genuine. Along the way, the mutual appreciation of teammates, managers, and friends is documented in contributions to the story, inserted into the text in the words of those teammates, managers and friends. Those perspectives add considerably to the story, something you don't always see in an autobiography but appropriate to someone who would rather someone else spoke for him.Included among the perspectives are those of Lance Armstrong, now adopting a humbler pose and reconciled, at least officially, to Hincapie's telling at least some of the truth about their days together. Noticeably absent, although not surprisingly, are any comments from Floyd Landis, Johan Bruyneel, or Tyler Hamilton, all of whom took different approaches to the outing of the truth.Even his accounts of drug use are relatively lacking in drama. He, and others, realized at some point that they were losing out to lesser riders, that the difference was doping. After pragmatic considerations, he joined the dopers. No huge moment of truth, no Faustian moment. Just a pragmatic decision, almost as a matter of course.But all of this adds up to a relatively flat, although overwhelmingly "nice", portrait of Hincapie and the events around him. It's all good stuff, in the sense that Hincapie really does seem to have been as well-respected and well-liked as we always took him to be. A few incidents do crack the "niceness", e.g., Chris Horner's interference in the tribute to Hincapie on the Champs Elysee during his final Tour de France, or the weird chase-down of Hincapie by Garmin that denied him a day in the Yellow Jersey in 2009. But they are presented as rare and nearly inexplicable.If you can fault Hincapie as the author, it's for oddly reveling in his self-portrait as a humble man -- back to that basic irony at the bottom of the book.
I really appreciated that in this book on pro cycling, it focused on George Hincapie's entire career. He dealt with the drug culture in the Peloton during the decade when Lance Armstrong dominated the sport, but after reading too many books that went into agonizing detail about "how" they cheated, George's story focuses a little on why and then moves on.I especially liked all of the other points of view represented in the books from friends, colleagues and family. (In my ebook they are slightly inset) It rounded out the story and made for a more enjoyable reading experience. It also set George's voice apart. And it solves a basic problem with an autobiography of a humble man: how do you sit at the brag table whether it is a bout racing accomplishments or moments of great character and maintain your humility?How humble is George Hincapie? He has just come out with a new book and he doesn't offer signed copies for sale at his Hotel Domestique! He should. It is a very interesting story of a great career. The one comment that stuck with me: George would have probably enjoyed even more success if everyone wasn't juicing, because the EPO didn't help him very much (compared to others). His natural talents and physical ability made him (from a very early age) a competitor.If you get caught up in Tour de France fever every July, then you definitely want to pick up this book and read it.
A must read for all Tour de France and pro cycling fans who have an interest in the US Postal Team/ "doping" allegations. I'm a big Tour De France fan and as a result came to admire the Work of Big George Hincapie as one of the baddest ass Domestique's in the business! He has amazing skill and in this book he and his teammates Including Lance Armstrong talk about all that went down during the years leading up to and during the rise and fall of the teams. Hincapie makes no excuses he simply explains what they all meant when we as fans heard...everyone was doing it; we were just leveling the playing field. I am not an athlete nor do I care about athletic doping...it's a choice every athlete makes. It is not my business what athletes choose to do with their bodies, so I don't judge. I do have an opinion on all that went down and essentially I think it was a bit of a witch hunt. Folks had it out for Lance (for reasons you may think are justified) and I think they destroyed the careers of other riders because they wanted to bring Lance down. Be that as it may, George and Lance have remained friends through all of it and this book is a great homage to George's "life on a bike!"