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George Hincapie @ Flanders & Roubaix

greasedscotsmangreasedscotsman Posts: 7,224
edited March 2012 in Pro race
Simple question, will "Big" George ever win either the Tour of Flanders or Paris Roubaix? No doubt he is or was capable of both, he had a 3rd at Flanders in '06 and 2nd at Roubaix in '05, but will he ever win? At 38 has his chance now gone? Did he waste too much of his career riding up big mountains in July? Has he always been on the wrong team? Does he have a chance this year if Hushovd isn't riding well?

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,781 Lives Here
    No.

    His last podium was six years ago.
  • inkyfingersinkyfingers Posts: 4,400
    It's not impossible, if he had a bit of luck (Hushovd getting injured, getting into the right break etc)...but it's very, very unlikely. He's had some back luck in the classics but I think his problem is that even though he's always been a strong rider he doesn't really have a that extra special thing that sets you apart in the biggest races (Cancellara has that massive engine, Gilbert has great acceleration on the climbs, Cavendish has the sprint etc).
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  • blimblim Posts: 333
    No.

    The concept of "Big George Hincapie, Classics King" is largely a product of Liggett and Sherwen, based on a few good results many years ago.

    I'd be surprised if he's ever discussed by non-English-speaking cycling fans.

    I'm happy to be proved wrong, as he seems a nice guy.
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  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    I love Big George, he's my favourite rider of all time. I was lucky enough to meet him at the Team Presentation in Puy de Foy at the TdF last year. He is a really nice guy.

    That aside, and as much as I'd love to see him win, the truth is that George is in the twilight of his career. There are too many younger riders who have more of a chance. I'll never write him off though, because races can unfold in so many different ways.
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    blim wrote:
    No.

    The concept of "Big George Hincapie, Classics King" is largely a product of Liggett and Sherwen, based on a few good results many years ago.

    I'd be surprised if he's ever discussed by non-English-speaking cycling fans.

    I'm happy to be proved wrong, as he seems a nice guy.

    I believe he's held in high esteem in Belgium. If you watch the movie 'Road to Roubaix', he is discussed at length by several famous foreign cyclists.
  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,111
    As good a chance as Roger Hammond IMO.
  • inkyfingersinkyfingers Posts: 4,400
    BigMat wrote:
    As good a chance as Roger Hammond IMO.

    I think he has a much better chance, seeing as last time I looked Hammond didn't have a team for 2012.
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  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,111
    BigMat wrote:
    As good a chance as Roger Hammond IMO.

    I think he has a much better chance, seeing as last time I looked Hammond didn't have a team for 2012.

    Was I being too subtle? Hopefully others got my point...
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    BigMat wrote:
    Was I being too subtle? Hopefully others got my point...

    Meanie :(
  • inkyfingersinkyfingers Posts: 4,400
    BigMat wrote:
    BigMat wrote:
    As good a chance as Roger Hammond IMO.

    I think he has a much better chance, seeing as last time I looked Hammond didn't have a team for 2012.

    Was I being too subtle? Hopefully others got my point...

    Sorry, have spent all morning arguing with my bank and I think it's robbed me of my sense of humour.
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  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,111
    BigMat wrote:
    BigMat wrote:
    As good a chance as Roger Hammond IMO.

    I think he has a much better chance, seeing as last time I looked Hammond didn't have a team for 2012.

    Was I being too subtle? Hopefully others got my point...

    Sorry, have spent all morning arguing with my bank and I think it's robbed me of my sense of humour.


    No worries, it wasn't really very funny :oops:
  • I was lucky enough to meet him at the Team Presentation in Puy de Foy at the TdF last year. He is a really nice guy.

    I've got one of those route arrow signs from Paris Roubaix signed by George after the 2004 race :D
  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    BigMat wrote:
    BigMat wrote:
    As good a chance as Roger Hammond IMO.

    I think he has a much better chance, seeing as last time I looked Hammond didn't have a team for 2012.

    Was I being too subtle? Hopefully others got my point...

    Maybe if you'd said "As good a chance as Fausto Coppi" then he'd have caught on?
  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    Ps he couldn't win it with the help of Bruyneel. What makes you think that Andy Rihs offers him more chance?
  • peterst6906peterst6906 Posts: 530
    No.

    Hincapie is in the twilight of his career now.

    Boonen, Cancellara and Gilbert will win again before George ever has a chance.

    Unfortunately, I think the next generation are on their way fast and even Boonen and Fabian are going to have a tough time over the next couple of years.
  • iOptixiOptix Posts: 23
    i honestly dont think we will now see him win either of these though i think he is a top quality rider and a very loyal workhorse with an immense engine. I for one will be shouting for him at the roadside of this years classics
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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Immense engine = 49.9% HCT? :?
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,606
    Ps he couldn't win it with the help of Bruyneel. What makes you think that Andy Rihs offers him more chance?

    Bruyneel has never really cared about the classics. He is a bad Belgian. In 2002 he stumbled upon the best Classics prospect for a decade or two and he did sod all for him. He wouldn't know Roubaix from Rhubarb. At least BMC care.

    (He's got no chance though)
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  • Jez monJez mon Posts: 3,809
    RichN95 wrote:
    Ps he couldn't win it with the help of Bruyneel. What makes you think that Andy Rihs offers him more chance?

    Bruyneel has never really cared about the classics. He is a bad Belgian. In 2002 he stumbled upon the best Classics prospect for a decade or two and he did sod all for him. He wouldn't know Roubaix from Rhubarb. At least BMC care.

    (He's got no chance though)

    Indeed, Bruyneel doesn't seem to care about the classics at all. George also suffered a heck of a lot of bad luck in the classics IIRC.

    Still, think he's too old, plus, he'll always be marked as a classics man, and is therefore unlikely to get into a lucky break.
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  • Duclos-Lassalle had to wait until 37 before winning it and then won again the following year. It's one race where you can't quite say "no chance", but H will need luck. If he does somehow win we'll all say what a wonderful moment, after all the years of trying, and a great end to a career.
  • Gazzetta67Gazzetta67 Posts: 1,892
    Dont be Ridiculous !!!! Everyone knows George Hincapie is a "Climber" cast your minds back to the Pyrenees when he won at pla d adet, ..we all looked in awe when this mountain goat "flew" up the mountains on bread & water only. 8) ..maybe i should sit on the naughty step for being too cynical ?
  • Gazzetta67 wrote:
    Dont be Ridiculous !!!! Everyone knows George Hincapie is a "Climber" cast your minds back to the Pyrenees when he won at pla d adet, ..we all looked in awe when this mountain goat "flew" up the mountains on bread & water only. 8) ..maybe i should sit on the naughty step for being too cynical ?

    Maybe my question should have been will he ever win the TdF, think it was said at the time!

    :D
  • BakuninBakunin Posts: 868
    Gazzetta67 wrote:
    Dont be Ridiculous !!!! Everyone knows George Hincapie is a "Climber" cast your minds back to the Pyrenees when he won at pla d adet, ..we all looked in awe when this mountain goat "flew" up the mountains on bread & water only. 8) ..maybe i should sit on the naughty step for being too cynical ?

    When I read/hear Hincapie's name I think back to the Tour a couple years ago when he was crying that Garmin kept him from wearing yellow. I couldn't stop laughing.

    According to George, he was entitled...at 38 (and being a nice guy), I would expect that he thinks that he should be "gifted" Flanders and Roubaix.
  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    Jez mon wrote:
    RichN95 wrote:
    Ps he couldn't win it with the help of Bruyneel. What makes you think that Andy Rihs offers him more chance?

    Bruyneel has never really cared about the classics. He is a bad Belgian. In 2002 he stumbled upon the best Classics prospect for a decade or two and he did sod all for him. He wouldn't know Roubaix from Rhubarb. At least BMC care.

    (He's got no chance though)

    Indeed, Bruyneel doesn't seem to care about the classics at all. George also suffered a heck of a lot of bad luck in the classics IIRC.

    Still, think he's too old, plus, he'll always be marked as a classics man, and is therefore unlikely to get into a lucky break.

    What? Like the motorbike with the refrigerated panniers not turning up on time?
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Glad that others share my cynism of his performances, his palmares are no greater than a super-domestic but the continual hyping up of the Chuckle Bros Phil and Paul and the English-speaking media regurgitating the Team PR every spring, it almost became quite comical to watch hapless George consistently deliver another glorious failure. The best one was have been 2002 when as Team Captain and protected rider he bonked miserably, fell in a ditch and was humiliated by a 20-odd year old team upstart called Tom Boonen, who went onto podium. As for Bruyneel's ability as a Master tactician DS he might be good at making sure the aforesaid motorbikes with refigerated panniers turned up unnoticed, but his record in the 1 day classics is pretty mediocre - in fact apart from Cancellara's recent victory in Strade Bianchi, anyone know of any others apart from George's win in Ghent-Wevelgem in 2001?
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  • EKIMIKEEKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    Ps he couldn't win it with the help of Bruyneel. What makes you think that Andy Rihs offers him more chance?

    Bit of a non-starter considering Rihs is just the financial backer not a DS.

    Anyway, i guess Hincapie could get lucky but there's nothing (this year or the last) to suggest he can keep up with the big boys. Certainly not in Flanders. Still a useful domestique no doubt.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    EKIMIKE wrote:
    Bit of a non-starter considering Rihs is just the financial backer not a DS.

    And Bruyneel never really did DS'ing for the northern classics. Left that to someone who knew what they were talking about.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,781 Lives Here
    iainf72 wrote:
    EKIMIKE wrote:
    Bit of a non-starter considering Rihs is just the financial backer not a DS.

    And Bruyneel never really did DS'ing for the northern classics. Left that to someone who knew what they were talking about.


    Yup.

    Anything that involves seat-of-the-pants tactics he can't deal with.

    Even Lefevre leaves it to Peeters.
  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    It was more a reference to their equally tainted pasts than their suitability or not as DS.
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