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As Tour hits mountains, reality hits Discovery team

Updated: July 13, 2006, 4:38 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

PLA-DE-BERET, Spain -- For seven consecutive Julys, George Hincapie faithfully toiled for the greater good of Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories.

With Armstrong enjoying retirement, the 33-year-old New Yorker dreamed of stepping out of the Texan's shadow to become America's next breakout star by making his own run at a Tour victory.

Those dreams dissolved Thursday in the five-climb, 128-mile 11th stage across the Pyrenees as a dejected Hincapie rolled across ...

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