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George Hincapie Back in the Saddle
By Jaime Nichols
Date: 5/14/2003
George Hincapie Back in the Saddle

The Daily Peloton checked in with US Postal mainstay George Hincapie, who has been sidelined for most of the season thus far by a parasitic infection in his lungs, and found that Big George is finally on the road back to racing health. He will rejoin his team, and the peloton in Europe for the Tour of Belgium next week.

"I have started feeling a bit better," he reports, "and I've been able to do some decent rides. I'm not sure how long it takes to bounce back from something like this, because I've never been in this position, so I will be racing the Tour of Belgium just to get back into things. Although I am out of shape, I will just try to get through it and use it to try to gain some fitness."

After the Tour of Belgium, George will stay on in Europe and prepare for the last half of his season. "If things go well, I will just stay in Europe and try to get ready for the Tour de France," says Hincapie; good news that brings with it one downside for American race fans: "I will have to miss out on Philly this year," he adds.

Still, after months of not being able to state any goals, or look beyond overcoming his illness, Hincapie is looking to the rest of his year: "The main goal right now is to be able to start the tour, and help out Lance; after that, I can focus on the last half of the season."

Hincapie, who would be making his 8th start at the Tour de France this year, is the only member of the US Postal team to have ridden with Armstrong on all four of his victories.

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