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Throughout the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Cadel Evans (leading) played the faithul teammate to George Hincapie. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com)
Throughout the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Cadel Evans (leading) played the faithul teammate to George Hincapie. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com)

Hincapie Fifth, Evans Seventh At USAPCC

28. August 2011

Denver, Colorado

George Hincapie finished 10th in Sunday's final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge to secure fifth place overall, while Tour de France champion Cadel Evans finished seventh, giving the BMC Racing Team two riders in the top 10.

No Easy Day
The final 115.9 kilometer stage was not without a few nervous moments for the BMC Racing Team. Hincapie was not part of an early move that included most of top riders, while Evans suffered a flat tire as the race wound its way through the crowded streets of Denver. Both times, the BMC Racing Team responded with a concerted chase. "The race exploded on the climb and the front was 15 guys with Cadel and the chase was 40 guys with four of ours," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "The guys did a lot of work to get George back to the front. Chris Butler and especially Tim Roe helped Cadel out when he flatted." Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) took the overall win and Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) won the final stage.

Hincapie Looks Ahead
Hincapie's fifth-place finish is his best in a stage race since the three-time U.S. national road champion placed fourth overall in the 2008 Tour of Missouri. He won Stage 2 and finished in the top 10 every day but Stage 1. "I definitely felt strong this last week and I put in good work for it," Hincapie said. "A big season goal of mine throughout the year has been the races in Canada, so I think I've arrived in good shape and I should have a good ride there in two weeks. Definitely my stage win stands out. It was the hardest stage and to pull it off was really special, especially in front of so many people."

Evans Appreciative
Evans finished seventh in his first road race in the United States and what he says will be his final race of the 2011 season. As a world class mountain bike racer in the 90s, he competed near some of the same venues that the race passed during its seven days. "I thought racing in Colorado again would be great," the former world road champion said. "But when I saw some of the course details, normally in cycling we follow certain protocols for preparing for the Tour de France and the big races that take up fairly large blocks of time. To race over 3,700 meters, you need larger blocks of training time that I didn't have. So from a sporting point of view, I came here with ambitions, but no great expectations. There was a great turnout of riders – which made for great racing – and a great turnout of fans. Not only were the fans real passionate and enthusiastic, but they were also really appreciative of us being here, which made it a lot nicer for us."