George Hincapie

AMERICAN veteran George Hincapie has expressed his disappointment but not denied reports linking him to a fresh United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation involving Lance Armstrong.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has reported that former teammates of Armstrong's including Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie have given evidence against the seven-time Tour winner. According to the report they will be issued with six month suspended bans from late September.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.