Shorts: Hincapie, Pedersen, Ullrich
Sunday, September 3, 2006 11.00pm
Another US title for Hincapie as he wins the road race championship, Martin Pedersen holds on to win
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM George Hincapie won the US road race national championships in his hometown of Greenville, SC, on Sunday, finishing 16 seconds clear of Gerolsteiner's Levi Leipheimer, who will become Hincapie's team-mate at Discovery Channel next season. Hincapie also won the Stars 'n' Stripes jersey in 1998. TIAA-CREF's Danny Pate was third in a race in which only 31 riders finished the tough 195km course, with only nine of those actually permitted to finish the full distance on the three finishing circuits. - Denmark's Martin Pedersen held on to take the biggest win of his short career so far at the Tour of Britain in London on Sunday. The 23-year-old first-year pro, who has had to sit out much of the season having broken his collarbone in May and watch his CSC team-mates take success after success this year, enjoyed strong support from his squad on the stage between Greenwich and the finish on The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace, and was never in any trouble, avoiding a late crash. The final stage was won by world champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Innergetic), who received the perfect lead-out from his team-mates, beating British pair Roger Hammond and Mark Cavendish. - Jan Ullrich had something to smile about on Sunday when he married Sara Steinhauser, sister of former T-Mobile team-mate Tobias, in a secret ceremony, attended only by close friends and family.
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