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    George on switch to BMC

    Here's a video I just found.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r6N0WTHD6c

    I figured part of the reason he switched was because of Ochowicz but I enjoyed watching this because George is one of my favorite cyclist so I thought I'd share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigershark View Post
    Here's a video I just found.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r6N0WTHD6c

    I figured part of the reason he switched was because of Ochowicz but I enjoyed watching this because George is one of my favorite cyclist so I thought I'd share.
    george is at the end of his career. he rides where he can these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erader View Post
    george is at the end of his career. he rides where he can these days.

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    I don't know if that was really the case. I think he rides where he wants. It's not like BMC was his second option. He won the US nats, is Columbia's classics guy and narrowly missed out on the yellow, so it's not like he's some lowly domestique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    I don't know if that was really the case. I think he rides where he wants. It's not like BMC was his second option. He won the US nats, is Columbia's classics guy and narrowly missed out on the yellow, so it's not like he's some lowly domestique.
    did he have any other offers that you know of? i'd be really surprised if he chose BMC over saxo bank or RS. team budgets are tight and most don't have the extra cash for "inspirational" leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erader View Post
    george is at the end of his career. he rides where he can these days.

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    That's definitely not the case. He's still an excellent rider. Columbia wasn't trying to brush him under the rug or anything. He was part of the lead out train for Cav. Columbia has more wins than any other team, they wouldn't get rid of people if there team is working. I'm sure Lance wanted him back on his team too. Did you not see stage 21 of the TDF when he blasted around Garmin on the final turn and took them by surprise giving them no chance to contend for the sprint? Or when he was super close to winning the yellow jersey this year but missed it by a mere 5 seconds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigershark View Post
    That's definitely not the case. He's still an excellent rider. Columbia wasn't trying to brush him under the rug or anything. He was part of the lead out train for Cav. Columbia has more wins than any other team, they wouldn't get rid of people if there team is working. I'm sure Lance wanted him back on his team too. Did you not see stage 21 of the TDF when he blasted around Garmin on the final turn and took them by surprise giving them no chance to contend for the sprint? Or when he was super close to winning the yellow jersey this year but missed it by a mere 5 seconds?
    why the move to BMC then? bottom line is george didn't win all season until he did so at home. shoulda coulda woulda. i like hincapie too but he's got a year maybe two left and his days with the big teams are over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erader View Post
    george is at the end of his career. he rides where he can these days.

    ed rader
    apparently, ed knows all about all of George's offers

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    I don't see why HTC-Columbia wouldn't have liked keeping Hincapie for another year; as far as I could see he performed fine this season.

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    He probably wants to lead a team proper now that he's at the twilight of his career. Between playing second fiddle in a bigger team like Columbia and RS, he prefers the opportunity to lead a team for once. I think it is a wise choice.

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    I think Hincapie will help BMC founder Andy Rhis attract quality riders...Rhis got the short end of the stick with the Landis scandal, hopefully he'll be able to build the team back up to where Phonak was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat4Lifer View Post
    apparently, ed knows all about all of George's offers
    it doesn't take a rocket scientists to see where george is at in his career or do you think he has a shot at winning paris roubaix next year ?


    "It's important for George to end his career riding with his own clothing brand and focus on our brand. We felt that his transition from the sporting world to the business world was very important," said co-owner Rich Hincapie.

    The move marks the first time in the company's six year history that the reigning US road champion will be able to race in his own line of custom clothing.



    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hinc...g-for-team-bmc

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    Just because he is coming to the end of his career doesn't mean that he is all washed up, or doesn't have the talent left to win. Sure, his age doesn't help, but he has proved that he has still got what it takes, and he is also a very smart rider. I could definitely see him getting a few more wins in the next year or two. No one is debating whether or not he is coming to the end of his career, but for a rider of his talent and pedigree, that doesn't mean that he is desperate for work, limited on his options, or clutching to some unrealistic dream that he can't keep up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erader View Post
    it doesn't take a rocket scientists to see where george is at in his career or do you think he has a shot at winning paris roubaix next year ?


    "It's important for George to end his career riding with his own clothing brand and focus on our brand. We felt that his transition from the sporting world to the business world was very important," said co-owner Rich Hincapie.

    The move marks the first time in the company's six year history that the reigning US road champion will be able to race in his own line of custom clothing.



    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hinc...g-for-team-bmc

    sorry if it hurts............

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    Didn't George announce his retirement a couple of years ago before signing with Columbia?
    Seems he's having a pleasant competitive extension on his career.

    I'd say winning Paris Roubaix is number one on George's bucket list.

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    Plus, there is a good commercial aspect to the deal: Hincaipe sportswear will be supplying kits for the BMC team.

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    Just because he is coming to the end of his career doesn't mean that he is all washed up, or doesn't have the talent left to win. Sure, his age doesn't help, but he has proved that he has still got what it takes, and he is also a very smart rider. I could definitely see him getting a few more wins in the next year or two. No one is debating whether or not he is coming to the end of his career, but for a rider of his talent and pedigree, that doesn't mean that he is desperate for work, limited on his options, or clutching to some unrealistic dream that he can't keep up with.
    +1

    Great post. It's funny how you can go away from the pro forum for a while and when you come back it's the same negative posters that kept you away in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erader View Post
    it doesn't take a rocket scientists to see where george is at in his career
    But it does take a fair bit of obtuseness to intimate that your opinion (which is based on no more or no less information than the opinion of CrimsonKarter21) is brimming with veracity and is meritful while CrimsonKarter21's opinion is without merit.

    I have no doubt that you place high value on your feelings of astonishment to ascertain the value of George's services in the professional cycling. However, you being "surprised if [George] chose BMC over saxo bank or RS," does not make your opinion anymore persuasive than CrimsonKarter21's opinion. Yes, not even if you were to be really surprised.

    Quote Originally Posted by erader View Post
    do you think he has a shot at winning paris roubaix next year ?
    Of course I think he has a shot at winning.

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