The Associated Press has learned that five-time Olympian and Tour de France veteran George Hincapie plans to retire from competitive cycling after the 2012 racing season.
Hincapie, who turns 39 on June 29, was expected to announce his decision Monday.
The American rider was a longtime aide for Lance Armstrong, helping him to win each of his seven Tour de France titles. Hincapie now rides for BMC Racing Team, and helped Cadel Evans win his first Tour de France last summer.
Hincapie is expected to start his 17th Tour next month, breaking the record he's shared with Dutch rider Joop Zoetemelk for the most starts in cycling's iconic stage race.
Hincapie will also learn next week whether he will be chosen for his sixth Olympic team.