Hincapie opens Discovery's account

After a strong ride in Het Volk on Saturday, George Hincapie opens Discovery Channel's winning accou

After a strong ride in Het Volk on Saturday, George Hincapie opens Discovery Channel's winning accou
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM After a well-timed move in the final 10 kilometres that was finished off with a strong sprint in the last 300 metres, George Hincapie won the 58th Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday, the first race win for the Discovery Channel team. Racing in cold and wintry conditions which resulted in just 32 of the 191 starters making it to the finish, Hincapie became the first American to win the early season Classic, the second such victory of his career. In 2001, Hincapie was the first American to win Ghent-Wevelgem. "It was a super hard race in nasty, cold and windy conditions," Hincapie said. "It was a battle all day. At the end, everyone was so completely dead from the wind and all the attacks that there was no control at the front." "George likes to race in this area, even in the cold conditions," said Discovery Channel assistant DS Dirk Demol. "Wevelgem is only around 10 kilometres from here and de Panne (Hincapie won last year's Three Days of the Panne stage race) is another 50 or so kilometres away, so this seems to be one of his favourite areas." Hincapie and Belgian Kevin Van Impe slipped away from the leaders in the last six kilometres and managed to stay clear. Hincapie sat on Van Impe's wheel in the finishing straight and his powerful sprint gave him the victory by one second. The chasing Bert Roesems came through in third place, at 14 seconds. "We were trying to make the race hard," said Demol. "Like yesterday (at Het Volk), although the final result wasn't great, the performance of the team was strong. Today, we seemed to always have someone in a good position, which helped for the final. I ordered the boys to try and spread the peloton and it worked well, putting us in a good situation at the end." Demol said he told Hincapie and young team-mate Stijn Devolder to save their energy for the final section. Devolder then attacked five or six times in the last 15 kilometres - "He killed (Quick Step's Tom) Boonen alone," said Demol - and Kiwi Hayden Roulston covered another acceleration just before Van Impe attacked and Hincapie joined him in the winning move. "I didn't know much about him," Hincapie said of Van Impe. "Dirk said he was good and I still had enough left. I didn't feel great following yesterday. I felt great yesterday (finishing 30th at Het Volk) and was there on the last climb but we still had 65 kilometres to the finish. Today I was feeling that effort but still had enough to finish it off." 1 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 190km in 4.48.38 (39.50kph) 2 Kevin van Impe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 0.01 3 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 0.14 4 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 0.28 5 Aart Vierhouten (Hol) Davitamon-Lotto 6 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank 7 Hayden Roulston (NZ) Discovery Channel 0.30 8 Serge Baguet (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 0.39 9 Dmitri Muravyev (Kaz) Crdit Agricole 0.44 10 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile 0.45
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