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Hincapie Hot For Hell

– Reported by Dan Osipow for Tailwind Sports –
Following George Hincapie’s third place finish yesterday at Gent-Wevelgem, the USPS team is gearing for Sunday’s
100th Paris-Roubaix. Hincapie is entering one of his favorite event’s in top form and is looking to improve on his three top-six finishes over the last three years.

“The team morale is really high after the Tour of Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem,” Bruyneel said. “I am also happy to say that we came through with a solid team performance in both races, which was not the case last year. Last year, George was good but the team was not so good, and mentally that is a big advantage for him and the other guys. Everybody is really excited for Sunday and knows it is a big day for the team. Normally, everybody is a little bit scared of Paris-Roubaix. Now, it is just the opposite – we are hungry to be there.”

On Hincapie, Bruyneel added, “He feels really good right now and knows he is one of the big favorites for Sunday. He is also perfectly able to deal with his role. That is the George that we didn’t know until now; he was always holding off and waiting to see what would happen. He has made a big step forward mentally.”

1. Mario Cipollini, Acqua e Sapone; xx kms in 4:39:00
2. Fred Rodriguez, Domo-Farm Frites; s.t.
3. George Hincapie, U.S. Postal Service; s.t.
4. Hendrik Van Dyck, Palmans-Collstrop; s.t.
5. Martin Hvastija, Alessio; at :10
7. Tom Boonen, U.S. Postal Service; at 1:29
DNF – Lance Armstrong, U.S. Postal Service
DNF – Antonio Cruz, U.S. Postal Service
DNF – Christian Vande Velde, U.S. Postal Service
DNF – David Clinger, U.S. Postal Service
DNF – Matt White, U.S. Postal Service
DNF – Pavel Padrnos, U.S. Postal Service
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