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Cadel Evans (left) and George Hincapie begin their seasons this week. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans (left) and George Hincapie begin their seasons this week. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Evans, Hincapie Debut At Italian Races

1. March 2011

Pordenone, Italy

Past world champion Cadel Evans and three-time U.S. national champion George Hincapie open their seasons for the BMC Racing Team this week in one-day races in Italy.

Evans Starts Thursday

Evans said he has been training well, but enters Giro del Friuli on Thursday simply hoping to help his teammates. "There are a lot of riders who are far ahead of me in terms of physical condition," he said. "This is the latest start to a season I have had since 2004. It will be an adjustment for me, as well as those who are used to seeing me in front early in the season. People seem to forget how long and hard the cycling season is."

Hincapie Opens Saturday
George Hincapie begins his 18th professional season Saturday at Montepaschi Strade Bianche, hoping to build intensity for his classics program. "I've been at home (in Greenville, South Carolina) motorpacing four or five days a week, trying to train as hard as possible," he said. "I've had good weather, daily massages and am eating well. I feel strong – definitely a lot better than I did at this time last year.” Alessandro Ballan was runner-up at Strade Bianche in 2008.

Giro del Friuli Roster (March 3):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Chad Beyer (USA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), Martin Kohler (SUI), Jeff Louder (USA), Tim Roe (AUS), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA).

Sport Director:
Max Sciandri (ITA/GBR)

Press Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Staff:
Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Geert Rombauts (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Stefano Conti (ITA), Stefano Rubino (ITA). Bus Driver: Francesco Villa (ITA).

Montepaschi Strade Bianche Roster (March 5):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), George Hincapie (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Sport Director:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)

Press Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Staff:
Doctor: Giovanni Ruffini (ITA). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Geert Rombauts (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Stefano Conti (ITA), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Stefano Rubino (ITA). Bus Driver: Francesco Villa (ITA).