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Wearing the green sprints jersey, George Hincapie rode aggressively to keep his hold on fifth place overall. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)
Wearing the green sprints jersey, George Hincapie rode aggressively to keep his hold on fifth place overall. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)

USAPCC, Stage 4: Bunch Sprint

27. agosto 2011

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

George Hincapie's ninth place led four riders from the BMC Racing Team in the top 15 in a bunch sprint that capped the 133 kilometer race into Steamboat Springs Friday at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Staying Safe

In addition to Hincapie's finish that was the BMC Racing Team's fifth straight top 10 placing, Brent Bookwalter was 13th, Chad Beyer placed 14th and Jeff Louder was 15th. Even Tour de France champion Cadel Evans helped position Hincapie for the final sprint. "We just wanted to make sure we were in the front and out of trouble," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "If George could steal some time bonuses he was going to do it, otherwise the plan was just to stay safe."

Overall Standings Unchanged
Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) took the win as the overall standings remained unchanged: Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) leads, with Hincapie fifth and Evans seventh. Evans said it was "a pleasure" to help guide Hincapie to the line. He also says he is enjoying his first taste of road racing in the United States after last competing in Colorado as a mountain biker in the 90s. "My result – seventh on GC – is not fantastic," Evans said, "but it's more than I'm worthy of considering my lead-up. Every other thing other than the results has been a good time here."