OWEN RILEY JR./Staff
George Hincapie is a professional cyclist who lives in Greenville. A 14-time competitor in the Tour de France, Hincapie is the only rider to be part of eight Tour-winning teams, including a key player in each of Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour victories.
Hincapie, a member of Team BMC, is the only five-time Olympian in U.S cycling history and is one of only two riders to win three U.S. Pro Road Race titles, the most recent of which came on Aug. 30, 2009 as he prevailed in a thrilling finish on the streets of downtown Greenville.
Widely regarded as “America’s premier classics rider,” Hincapie placed second at Paris-Roubaix in 2005, which represents the best-ever finish for an American rider. He also is the only American to win the Ghent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne classics.
Hincapie, who also maintains a residence in Gerona, Spain, was born June 29, 1973 in Queens, N.Y. He became an accomplished junior cyclist before his graduation from Farmingdale, N.Y., High School in 1991, winning 16 medals, 10 junior national titles and two world medals.
The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Hincapie is married to former model and Tour de France podium girl Melanie Simonneau. They have two children, daughter Julia Paris (born Nov. 3, 2004) and son Enzo (born June 20, 2008).