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George Hincapie was narrowly denied a fourth national road title. (©Casey Gibson, ww.cbgphoto.com.)
George Hincapie was narrowly denied a fourth national road title. (©Casey Gibson, ww.cbgphoto.com.)

Hincapie Runner-Up at U.S. Road Nationals

30. May 2011

Greenville, South Carolina

BMC Racing Team's George Hincapie narrowly lost a sprint to the line Monday against Matthew Busche (Team RadioShack) at the USA Cycling Professional National Championships.

Fourth Title Denied

Riding as part of a four-man breakaway, Hincapie said he was cramping near the end of the 185-kilometer race in his hometown. "I was confident in the sprint, but I probably went a little bit too early," he said. "Matt did a good move and when he sat up, I thought he was finished. But he was able to come around me and get me at the end." Hincapie won national road titles in 1998, 2006 and 2009, was second in 2007 and third in 2001.

Making The Race Hard
Despite having only four riders in the race, the BMC Racing Team was prominent throughout. Brent Bookwalter was part of a six-man breakaway and finished ninth while Jeff Louder was 14th. "The team was awesome," Hincapie said. "With Brent in the break, we put ourselves in a position where we didn't have to work from the beginning. I had also asked the guys to make the race hard. I wanted it to be a hard, aggressive race to increase our chances to win and they did that."