Did Cadel Evans call his BMC road captain George Hincapie before he told the media he plans to ride two more tours?
At age 34 and the oldest winner of the Tour de France, Evans thinks he still has plenty left in the tank.
“Two more tours, two more good tours at least,” said Evans. “I keep improving and I am not showing signs of aging in a physical way. As long I can be in the Tour to win it and go for the win, I want to keep going.”
Uhh, that means some convincing as far as Big George goes. As things stand now, this is Hincapie’s last season — he’ll break the number of tour rides set by Dutch legend Joop Zoetemelk. The 2012 edition of the Grande Boucle will be his 17th ride around France. The man is you know, just a little fatigued at this point.
That means that Evans will ride the 2013 Tour de France sans George, totally, 100% Hincapie-free. The question becomes, is Evans even capable to winning a tour without the big guy from South Carolina. Hincapie has been an instrumental part of an astounding nine Tour victories: seven by the formerly most tested athlete in sports Lance Armstrong, one by Contador and last year’s win by Evans.
You don’t not want Hincapie when you plan to win a Tour de France. Recipe for disaster and disappointment and just plain bad luck. Besides, he can get you amazing deals on his Hincapie casual apparel.
Now Big George made the commitment to a final three week sufferfest extraordinaire in France but two? He’ll be 40 when that 2013 Tour rolls around which isn’t to say it’s not possible. Jens Voigt has already done it and Chris Horner certainly plans to this year. But his former podium girl and now wife of his two kids is surely saying, George, trop c’est trop, enoough already” — and she’s even French!
We’re just wondering if Evans managed to talk Hincapie into postponing his retirement another year. Not likely but not inconceivable.
Did Evans call Hincapie and beg?