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George Hincapie appeared on the top step of the podium for the first time since joining the BMC Racing Team. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)
George Hincapie appeared on the top step of the podium for the first time since joining the BMC Racing Team. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)

Hincapie Wins USAPCC Stage 2

25. août 2011

Aspen, Colorado

BMC Racing Team's George Hincapie out-sprinted Tejay Van Garderen on the rain-soaked streets of Aspen, Colorado, to win Wednesday's stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Hincapie Second Overall

Hincapie was part of a six-man group that slipped the field on the run-in from Independence Pass on the 209.8-kilometer stage. It was his first victory for the BMC Racing Team and his first since winning a third U.S. national road title on Aug. 30, 2009 in his hometown of Greenville, S.C. "It has been awhile," an elated Hincapie said. "We had four guys at the top of the climb to help Cadel (Evans) come back, so I thought I might as well take a chance. It worked out perfectly." Hincapie also moved into second overall, 16 seconds behind Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad), who became the race's third overall leader in three days. Evans led a small chase group home to finish seventh, 45 seconds after Hincapie, and is sixth overall, 51 seconds off the lead.

Taking Pressure Off Evans
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said everything fell into place perfectly on a stage that included two climbs at high altitude, a high-speed pile-up that knocked several riders out of the race and, at times, pouring rain. "The whole team rode really, really super," Sayers said. "Every single guy rode well and contributed today. And I'm sure Cadel wasn't disappointed he had someone up the road today to take the pressure off a bit." Thursday's stage is a 16.1 km, mostly uphill individual time trial in Vail.