A Tribute to George Hincapie

Sunday's downtown Denver time trial saw George Hincapie race his bike for the final time as a professional cyclist. And judging by the warm reception he received throughout the Colorado tour, with his name scrawled on the pavement all across the state and some of the biggest cheers raised in his name, he'll be sorely missed.

In 19 years as a pro, Hincapie became one of the most decorated American classics riders in history, with wins at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Gent-Wevelgem, and consistent finishes throughout the spring season, including several near-misses at Paris-Roubaix. He won three National Road Race Championships, but the 39-year-old will probably be best remembered for his Tour de France performances, completing a record 17 races and guiding three leaders (Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, and Cadel Evans) to nine separate victories.

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