George Hincapie

On vacation with Lance Armstrong

For a while there, we vacationed with Lance Armstrong every summer.

And Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie and Levi Leipheimer and Floyd Landis. All the boys.

They'd be in France, of course, while we were at the shore in Delaware. But the nasal British drone of Phil Liggett calling the Tour de France was as much the soundtrack of those vacations as the muffled rumble of the waves. The mountain vistas and the lovely little towns of France as recognizable as our ocean sunrises and our favorite shops and restaurants.

We would adopt one of Mr. Liggett's favorite sayings, such as "He will have to dig deep into his suitcase of courage," and we would toss it at each...