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George Hincapie put himself among the favorites for the Tour of Flanders with fourth Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
George Hincapie put himself among the favorites for the Tour of Flanders with fourth Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

BMC Racing Team’s Hincapie Fourth at Gent-Wevelgem

28. March 2010

Wevelgem, Belgium

George Hincapie scored his best finish at a Classic since 2008 with fourth place Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem. The U.S. national road champion led out the six-man sprint that was won by Bernhard Eisel (Team HTC-Columbia).

Hincapie Pleased With Result

Hincapie had not placed in the top five in a one-day classic since running fifth at Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2008. The 14-time Tour de France veteran said he was trying to surprise Eisel and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) when he launched his sprint with 300 meters to go. “In hindsight, if I had waited, I would have been for sure in the first three, but I would not have been able to beat Eisel,” Hincapie said. “I’m pleased. I was very focused and concentrated all day. The team really helped me out.”

A Hard Race
Hincapie was among a group of 10 who crested the Kemmelberg, the last of 16 major climbs of the 219 km race, with a 30-second lead over a small group of chasers. That group dwindled to six in a race over a new course that was deemed harder than previous editions. “If you look at most of the top 20, there were very few guys who raced yesterday (E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke) and today who did well,” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. “Probably Matti Breschel was one of the strongest in that group, but he flatted with 17 kilometers to go.”