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Sports in brief: Five-time Olympian Hincapie to retire from cycling


hincapie to retire at season's end

Five-time Olympian and Tour de France veteran George Hincapie will retire from cycling after the 2012 season, bringing to a close one of the most successful careers by an American rider.

Hincapie, who turns 39 on June 29, announced his decision Monday.

Hincapie was a longtime aide for Lance Armstrong during the mountain stages of the Tour de France, helping him win each of his seven titles. Hincapie helped Alberto Contador win the Tour in 2007 and Cadel Evans win last summer.

Hincapie is expected to help Evans defend his title when the Tour de France starts June 30 in Liege, Belgium. Now riding for BMC Racing Team, Hincapie would be riding in his 17th Tour de France, breaking the record he shares with Dutch rider Joop Zoetemelk for the most starts.

"I came to the conclusion that I want to go out while I can still contribute and make a difference," Hincapie said. "To be able to compete for 19 years as a professional cyclist has been something I would have never dreamed of doing."


Royal feel to equestrian team

Queen Elizabeth IIs granddaughter Zara Phillips has been nominated as part of the United Kingdom's team for the London Olympics, the British Equestrian Federation said.

Phillips, 31, will be following in the footsteps of her parents, Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips, both of whom competed for Great Britain in the Olympics.

et cetera

Autos: IndyCar has docked Justin Wilson five points and fined Dale Coyne Racing $7,500 for failing a postrace inspection after the team's win at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar said Wilson's car had unapproved pieces of bodywork fitted to its sidepods. The pieces in question were legal for the Indianapolis 500.

Golf: Paul Casey has withdrawn from the U.S. Open, paving the way for a 14-year-old from China to be what officials believe to be the youngest player in championship history. Andy Zhang was the second alternate when the week began at Olympic Club. Casey pulled out because of a recurring shoulder injury. Brandt Snedeker also withdrew.

Jurisprudence: A woman who works as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit saying she was removed from an assignment to the Summer Games in London after she spurned an advance from UConn and women's national coach Geno Auriemma. Kelley Hardwick filed her suit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Auriemma called her account "beyond false" and said he would defend himself "to the fullest."

Times wires

Sports in brief: Five-time Olympian Hincapie to retire from cycling 06/11/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 11:22pm]
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