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Hincapie Fifth At U.S. National Road Race

19. septembre 2010

Greenville, South Carolina

George Hincapie, the BMC Racing Team and the rest of the peloton couldn't close the gap to Ben King, who attacked in the opening kilometers and soloed to win the USA Cycling professional road race championship Sunday. Hincapie, the defending champion, finished fifth.

Leading The Chase

After King and two others built a nearly 19-minute lead early in the 185-kilometer race, the BMC Racing Team got down to business. "We were the first team to start working," Brent Bookwalter said. "We rode into the base of the climb the first time and had Chad (Beyer) and Chris (Butler) set the tone to see how much time we could bring back right away and then re-evaluate at the top. We took a minute or two out of the break the first time up. But when we got the top, no team had any interest in working with us. That was kind of the story of the race."

Hincapie's Attack
Hincapie, who trains frequently on the climb of Paris Mountain, attacked about a kilometer from the top on the fourth and final ascent. Only Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly) and Levi Leipheimer (Team Radio Shack) could stay with him. "We had 40 seconds right away and took out a bunch of time on King," Hincapie said. "But Levi said he couldn't work because King was up the road. Kiel and I went full gas but the group behind really wanted to catch us. They caught us and at that point it was over. The BMC Racing Team could't do all the work. Unfortunately, not all the work was being shared equally."