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July 13, 2004

Don't tell Jane: Hincapie snags a podium girl

sfgate.com | Armstrong teammate finds love at Tour de France

George Hincapie is engaged to a Credit Lyonnais girl he met at last year's Tour:

"I was mesmerized by her," he said. "I needed to talk to her or find her phone number.

"When I first saw her I thought, 'Wow, she's beautiful!' and I wanted to ask her out on a date to have this beautiful girl with me. But that was it, I didn't think it would go anywhere."

Hincapie sent Melanie Simonneau a note by way of CL officials. The two are expecting their first child in November.

"We found out three days ago that it is a girl," the soft-spoken Hincapie said.

Thanks, John!

Posted by Frank Steele on July 13, 2004 in About the Tour, George Hincapie, Podium Girls | Permalink


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Wow, that must be the ultimate tour cliche. I love it! Congrats to George and Melanie.

Posted by: lancefan at Jul 13, 2004 8:20:31 PM

P.S. Jane knows!

Posted by: lancefan at Jul 13, 2004 8:21:39 PM

Folks, I think it was me, in my less crazy guise, that originally broke that news. Big G clued my... er... close associate, Jaime Nichols, into those awesome developments way back in April. It's brilliant news, he's going to be a lovely father, and everyone at Crazy Jane's copy desk wishes him effusive big fat loads of every happiness!

Check here for the details from the horse's mouth:

As George would say...


Posted by: Crazy Jane at Jul 13, 2004 8:46:58 PM

oh that is so CUTE!!!!!

Posted by: kaelen at Jul 13, 2004 11:55:16 PM

You missed the best part... She got fired because the Credit Lyonnais girls aren't supposed to talk to the riders. They can kiss the riders on the podium, but they cannot talk to them.

Posted by: Tim at Jul 14, 2004 10:03:32 AM


I saw that, but I didn't know if that was the real reason, or if they refuse to have podium girls that are 5 months pregnant.


Posted by: Frank at Jul 14, 2004 10:31:47 AM

Pictures, we need pictures!

Posted by: Alex at Jul 15, 2004 9:45:09 AM