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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: HCSportUK (24. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007549555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007549559
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,2 x 3 x 15,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
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“A well-written book encompassing all the things I like about sports and sports heroes--the trials and tribulations, the drama, and the choices . . . I think this book will make everyone who reads it, if they are honest, ask ‘What would I have done?’” (Ty Murray, "King of the Cowboys," nine-time world champion in rodeo) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


George Hincapie is one of the most recognized cyclists in the world—a record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, beloved teammate, and celebrated lead-out man for Lance Armstrong. It was his sterling reputation that enabled him to publicly rise above a doping confession that shocked not only the cycling community but the entire sports world when he became a key witness in the case of Lance Armstrong and drugs in cycling. For the first time since that confession, "Big George" reflects on his years as a world-class rider, offering an honest and compelling account of not only a dark period in professional cycling but the demands required of the best in the field.

Hincapie's life has been intrinsically tied to the sport he loves. Raised in Queens, New York, in a tight-knit Colombian family, he grew up with his father's love of cycling and the Colombian "cycling warrior" archetype. Chronicling the exhilarating ride of his career, he takes us through his adrenaline-junkie amateur years to the Olympics, going professional, and reaching his true calling as Lance Armstrong's most prized "domestique"—a role in which Hincapie would lead his then best friend to seven straight Tour de France victories.

In The Loyal Lieutenant, Hincapie speaks openly about his relationship with Armstrong, which was so integral to both of their successes. He addresses how he himself began doping and why he chose to quit long before the headline-making revelations—and, finally, what led to the testimony that broke Armstrong's case. The Loyal Lieutenant is George Hincapie's story: the per-sonal evolution of a cycling superhero coming clean about his past to, he hopes, help restore honor to the sport he loves.

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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von np am 4. Juni 2014
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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.
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It's as we all expected -- George Hincapie is a nice guy. Five stars for cycling fans, three stars otherwise 27. Mai 2014
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Going into this book, I had two questions, (1) Would Hincapie be honest about his years of doping on the U.S. Postal team? And (2) is this book worth reading for somebody who has already read Tyler Hamilton's book and Cycle of Lies? The answer to both questions is yes.

Hincapie occupies a curious place in the pantheon of great American riders. He was incredibly strong but he didn't win many races, instead shepherding others across the finish line. He doped, though the doping culture probably hurt him more than most (Jonathan Vaughters makes the point repeatedly that Hincapie's hemocrit was naturally so high that he benefitted less from EPO than perhaps any other rider in the peloton). He is considered a classics rider, though he never won any of the great classics (Gent-Wevelgem in 2001 is as good as it got). And he was both a fierce competitor and, by reputation, an incredibly nice guy.

That last point comes across clearly in this book. While the material is in some regards similar to that in Hamilton's book, Hamilton is constantly obsessed with his own performance, his own pain, and slights by other riders. Hincapie, by comparison, is concerned with his ability to support his team and his family. It's easy to understand how he earned his reputation, and why, when word got out that he had testified against Lance Armstrong, that nobody would ever believe Armstrong's denials again.

Hincapie seems honest about the cheating in this book, admitting to it as early as page 2 and mentioning it a number of times through the book, though he does not give the details one finds in other books about professional cycling in the 1990s and 2000s. Hincapie claims to have dropped doping entirely in 2006 and I think I believe him.

The book contains a few revelations -- first, a very detailed description of Armstrong "gifting" Mount Ventoux to Marco Pantani in 2000 and what he hoped to gain by it, and how it went wrong. Also a remarkable catalog of the responses of other riders when Hincapie urged them to stop doping in 2006. Floyd Landis's story is particularly striking, but I won't give it away here. I was struck by the story of what happened on stage 14 of the 2009 tour, when Hincapie was on track to take the yellow jersey and was blocked by some of the riders whom he had supported for so many years, including Lance Armstrong. Hincapie speaks well of almost everybody including many of his rivals, but this book will not make Lance any new fans, nor Chris Horner.

There are some stylistic oddities here, including the decision to discusses races not in chronological order. On balance, I think people who have read Hamilton's book will appreciate this one as well. It feels like 4.5 stars for a cycling fan, here rounded up to 5. For non-cycling-fans, perhaps 3 stars.
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Sorry George... 8. Juli 2014
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I like George Hincapie the man.

This book reads like yet another doper trying to validate their poor decision quality. It reads like George Hincapie trying to convince readers that he isn't as bad a doper as the others. 'I stopped doping years ago and tried to get other people to stop too...'.

It was a book I enjoyed reading but overall I didn't buy Georges' nice guy, 'I'm not like the others, trust me' message.
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George is No Snitch 19. Juni 2014
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Just finished the Loyal Lieutenant. As a long-time cycling fan, I was hoping to read about some juicy insider anecdotes, funny stories and good plain old dirt about cycling during the Lance era, but Quiet George lives up to his nickname.

TV commentator and co-author Craig Hummer's writing doesn't do Hincapie any favors - the quotes from friends, family and teammates make the book more of a a jumpy play-by-play and color commentary from a TV script than an auto-biography. LL reads more like a long list of testimonials from job references as the book goes on.

Lieutenant doesn't satisfy- George states he was a do-what-it-takes bike racer and drugs were what it took to survive in the 90s, plain and simple. And by "survive," he means win 7 consecutive Tours de France and all the trappings - cars, women, money - that comes with it.

His explanation that he suddenly decided to race clean in the last years of his career in order to be a role model and show you can win without drugs didn't quite wash with me. He puts himself in a lot of paradoxical situations, like criticizing former teammates for suspected doping (aka "being competitive") while at the same time riding for teams that had dopers on them. In another instance, Hincapie explains that drugs, to him, mean EPO and blood boosting, but other drugs, like testosterone, are not drugs- and since he had such an even-keeled pro career for nearly 20 years, it's hard to fully understand what he means by "race clean."

The reader can infer more from what Hincapie doesn't say than what he does. I came away feeling that George didn't think you can win the Tour de France without drugs, but you could win a shorter race. Post-Lance teammates and Tour de France winners Contador and Evans escape his opinion on the issue.

George saves up the little bits of dirt he does have for Floyd, Frankie, Levi and Tyler - whose association with USADA hurt Lance the most, but not enough dirt to run out and buy the book.

The Loyal Lieutenant, with forward by Lance Armstrong, is what most knowledgeable cycling fans would expect from Armstrong's right-hand man. As a PR vehicle, it not as disastrous as Lance's Oprah interview, but the endless cut and paste testimonials ring hollow, and Hummer's matter-of-fact writing style adds no charisma to the racer.

It's a quick read, but in the end, pretty bland. As his friend Lance Armstrong put it, "keep the lows high and the highs low."
7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Save your money 10. August 2014
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The negative reviews are on the money -- George may be a "great guy" and an incredible rider, but he lacks self-awareness in this memoir. He spends about one third of the book justifying his cheating and later epiphany to ride clean, all the while castigating those who came clean before him and the investigations that dragged on because Postal, et al, lied for years and years. To cap it off, George never acknowledges the bullying, intimidation, and threats that were SOP for Lance & Co., yet George goes to great lengths expressing his indignation regarding former teammates denying him a day in yellow late in his career, and Horner chasing him down on his last run into Paris. Pretty pathetic stuff.
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Big disappointment 1. Juni 2014
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I was excited for this book to be released but it was a huge let down... He obviously knew people wanted to hear the real behind the scenes stuff that was touched on in The Secret Race and Wheelmen but completely glossed over it as if it was of no matter.... and the book in general in jubbled, confusing, and over all dull..Tyler Hamilton, David Millar, and Mark Cavendish books I couldn't put down. This one I had to force myself to finish.
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