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The BMC Racing Team worked hard to bring the race together at a critical time. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team worked hard to bring the race together at a critical time. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Animates Tour of Flanders

3. April 2011

Ninove, Belgium

George Hincapie's sixth place capped an impressive show of force by the BMC Racing Team Sunday at the Tour of Flanders.

Hincapie: We Took Responsibility

When Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) gained a minute's lead with 28 kilometers to go in the 258 km race, the entirety of the BMC Racing Team went to the front. "We took the responsibility to bring them back," Hincapie said. "Then, Alessandro (Ballan) did a couple of good moves. For me, it wasn't a great day – definitely average. I'm looking for better things next weekend (at Paris-Roubaix)." Hincapie's sixth-place matches his finish here a year ago and is his seventh top 10 at Flanders in his last eight eight starts. Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) took the win in a three-up sprint.

Kroon Breaks Collarbone
After figuring prominently on the front in the first half of the race, Karsten Kroon fell over another rider with 87 km to go, breaking his left collarbone. "There was a 'no parking' sign on the sidewalk that wasn't very high, so you couldn't see it," Kroon said. "He ran straight into it and I crashed right into him." BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said because Kroon broke the same shoulder 10 years ago and already has a plate in it, a decision on whether to operate is still to come.