The Loyal Lieutenant

The Loyal Lieutenant

Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris

Book - 2014
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American cyclist "Big George" Hincapie-- a record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case-- offers an insightful account of his esteemed career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use. Hincapie speaks openly about his relationship with Armstrong, how he himself began doping, and why he quit long before the headline-making revelations. His personal evolution is the journey of a man dedicated to coming clean about his past and to restore honor to the sport he loves.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062330918
0062330918
Branch Call Number: 796.6209 HINCAPI
Characteristics: xii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hummer, Craig

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jquick99
Sep 04, 2017

Bought a new Rolex and BMW which "became my statement to the world that I had arrived". Ugh.

His reason for doping and lying about it for a decade is the ole "I didn't have a choice" excuse. Yeah, it was a life or death situation, indeed.

If you want to read an excellent book about the behind the scenes doping with Lance, read Tyler Hamilton's The Secret Race, written before Lance finally admitted he doped.

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dthomas6
Dec 22, 2015

Not much new here, after publication of all the Armstrong, Hamilton and Landis books about that era. Hincapie was undoubtedly one of the nice guys of the peloton, but the book is pretty self-serving. Like a lot of pro athletes, George sure does like his bling!

booksbarks Aug 25, 2014

A great look into what it means to be a pro cyclist with and without drugs and the goings on of the peloton during the early 2000s.

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