George Hincapie, the only teammate with Lance Armstrong for all seven of his Tour de France victories, released a statement today to the gathered press and fans outside his BMC team bus this morning. It is relayed in full below.
I am just disappointed that this has been brought up again. I feel like I have always tried to do the right thing for the sport,” he said, in response to questions. “Right now I am here to do my job and I am just going to try to focus on that. BMC has nothing to do with this. Cadel obviously is focussed on winning the Tour and I am here to try to help him do that. I am going to continue to do that and to try not to let anything get in my mind beside that.”
I would like to take this opportunity to say that once my career ends this August my whole cycling career will be in the past and furthermore what happened in the past happened in the past. What we should do is concentrate on the present (which is in the present) and the future. I will also say for the sake of completeness that the future is in the future.”
… long pause
I can fully one hundred percent confirm to everyone gathered here today that I used to be Lance Armstrong’s teammate.”
… another pause
Cycling is a sport in which some people have been known to possibly take drugs perhaps, although I’m not sure. Thank you.”
… yet another pause
“I think that cycling is a good sport and that we should encourage as many people to do it as possible.”
Lance Armstrong is a cyclist.”
Bad news about cycling is bad.”
… at this pause, a tumbleweed appeared from nowhere and rolled past the gathered press.
One plus one equals two, this is an undoubted fact.”
Drugs are bad.”
Lance Armstrong is a person.”
… *tolling bells*
This is a sentence that I am saying now.”
The only reporters in the press conference who appeared excited by the “revelations” were those from Bicycling Magazine, who have managed to turn the release into a fourteen page feature for their next issue.