- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Harpercollins Publishers (9. April 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007549563
- ISBN-13: 978-0007549566
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 19.679 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. April 2015
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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. Chronicling the exhilarating ride of his career, Hincapie takes us through his adrenaline-junkie amateur years to the Olympics, going professional, and reaching his true calling as "domestique"—a role in which Hincapie would lead Armstrong to seven straight Tour de France victories.
Respected as a natural cyclist and tireless team player, George earned a sterling reputation—which would enable him to rise above a confession that shocked the entire sports world, when he became a key witness in the doping case of Lance Armstrong. Revealing the role of drugs in cycling, why he chose to quit, and what led to the testimony that broke Armstrong's case, Hincapie makes an impassioned argument for a change in the sport. Interspersed with commentary from others in the cycling community, The Loyal Lieutenant offers an honest and compelling account of not only a dark period in professional cycling, but also the demands required of the best in the field.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Hincapie's racing career was marked by tremendous triumphs for those he helped, not just the tainted victories by Lance Armstrong, but enduring ones by Cadel Evans and others, and by near misses in his own favorite races, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
In sports terms, Hincapie is a rarity -- a true star but a star as a team player, someone who helps other members of his team attain glory, maybe the cycling equivalent of an offensive lineman in football.
He tells his story from childhood to his retirement from cycling. His deep appreciation for his family -- especially his father and brother and their contribution to his cycling career -- is genuine. Along the way, the mutual appreciation of teammates, managers, and friends is documented in contributions to the story, inserted into the text in the words of those teammates, managers and friends. Those perspectives add considerably to the story, something you don't always see in an autobiography but appropriate to someone who would rather someone else spoke for him.
Included among the perspectives are those of Lance Armstrong, now adopting a humbler pose and reconciled, at least officially, to Hincapie's telling at least some of the truth about their days together. Noticeably absent, although not surprisingly, are any comments from Floyd Landis, Johan Bruyneel, or Tyler Hamilton, all of whom took different approaches to the outing of the truth.
Even his accounts of drug use are relatively lacking in drama. He, and others, realized at some point that they were losing out to lesser riders, that the difference was doping. After pragmatic considerations, he joined the dopers. No huge moment of truth, no Faustian moment. Just a pragmatic decision, almost as a matter of course.
But all of this adds up to a relatively flat, although overwhelmingly "nice", portrait of Hincapie and the events around him. It's all good stuff, in the sense that Hincapie really does seem to have been as well-respected and well-liked as we always took him to be. A few incidents do crack the "niceness", e.g., Chris Horner's interference in the tribute to Hincapie on the Champs Elysee during his final Tour de France, or the weird chase-down of Hincapie by Garmin that denied him a day in the Yellow Jersey in 2009. But they are presented as rare and nearly inexplicable.
If you can fault Hincapie as the author, it's for oddly reveling in his self-portrait as a humble man -- back to that basic irony at the bottom of the book.
There is some detail of doping, but less than we read in Tyler's bookBy Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle's - The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Secret Race) or the USADA report. The USADA report is free on line and has far more detail on doping than any book I have read. What is missing is the details of how the doping took place. UCI really screwed up when Rasmussen offered to tell all and UCI whacked him with a huge penalty and didn't want details. For example, Rasmussen had a laboratory quality centrifuge (for better blood doping) that he bought in concert with many riders and UCI did not investigate.
George starts his clean riding by only cheating in the TdF instead of all races that year. Sorry, but cheating in the biggest race in the world, the equivalent of 23 Superbowls back to back, is still a big deal in my humble opinion.
Lance is not skewered, but his strengths and weaknesses are discussed in comparison to the other Tour winners George supported. It is clear that he means a lot to George for many reasons, some of them positive, over a long history.