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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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A Post-Race Party to Benefit the Phinney Foundation

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Here's an opportunity for anyone who read Outside's interview with Davis Phinney and wondered, "How can I help?"

BMC Racing Team will be chasing a top finish at Sunday's time trial finale to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, both for Taylor Phinney on the stage and Tejay Van Garderen on the overall. No matter the results, though, the team will be celebrating later that evening at Living the Ride, a gala fundraiser to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation.

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Ride With Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins Wins The TourThe Wiggins-Froome show on the Champs Élysées. Photo: Wyll Photographie/Flickr

Bradley Wiggins can seem to do no wrong. First came his ridiculously successful season, with wins at Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, and the Dauphiné Libéré crowned by Team Sky's utter dominance at the Tour de France. Then he turned jaune to gold with a crushing time trial win at the Olympics. And now, riding the wave of admiration and goodwill, England's golden boy has announced his very own charitable organization.

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The 'Normal Life' of Bradley Wiggins

The more we hear from Bradley Wiggins, the more we like him. At a press conference following his historic gold medal in the Olympic time trial yesterday, the 32-year-old Brit downplayed his achievements and vowed that newfound notoriety won't go to his head.

Since July, the 32-year-old cyclist has become the first Briton to ever win the Tour de France and the most decorated British Olympic athlete in history, with four gold medals, one silver, and two bronze medals since he began competing in the 2000 Sydney Games. Thanks to those achievements, Wiggins' face has been splashed across the front pages of his country's biggest newspapers, but he says he's determined that those successes don't change him. "I am going to try and continue as things were," Wiggins said in a press conference after his historic gold medal. "I mean, I lead a pretty normal life like most people. I train hard, I work hard at what I do. Ultimately I am very normal in my life aside from cycling."

We're not certain about the "normal" part, but we dig the humility. Listen in on his post-race comments to hear how he thinks he compares to two other decorated British athletes (not their equal), how he plans to spend his post-Olympics (fetching milk), and what he thinks of celebrity culture (not a fan). Thanks for keeping it real, Bradley.

—Aaron Gulley

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'Outside' Exclusive: Les Stroud Returns to Discovery Channel as 'Survivorman'

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Les Stroud in Norway. Photo: Discovery

After almost a four-year absence, 50-year-old survival expert Les Stroud will return as Survivorman on Sunday August 19, at 8 p.m. Eastern. Earlier this year, Stroud traveled to the mountains of Norway and the desert island of Tiburon in Mexico to record four new hour-long shows for Discovery. He left as he always does, without food and water while hauling 65 pounds of camera gear to record his every move. Everything was the same, except this time Stroud decided to up the ante by spending 10 days alone in the wilderness instead of the usual week. The trips bring his Survivorman totals to 23 locations and 170 days alone in the wild. We called him at home in Ontario, Canada, while he was picking raspberries in his garden, to find out a bit more about the new episodes. As it turns out, one of them included the most dangerous experience he’s endured in the wild.

Watch an exclusive Survivorman video clip of that moment and another below.

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