Surgery and 15 days off for Hincapie
George Hincapie is to return home to the States for surgery on a fracture in his right shoulder that
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George Hincapie’s crash in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix will cost him a trip to the operating table and 15 days off the bike. Examinations at the hospital in Roubaix have revealed a fracture between the American’s collar bone and shoulder blade,and Hincapie is today flying back to the States to undergo the surgery tomorrow, writes Susanne Horsdal.
“It’s not a very serious injury, but it’s better for him to have the surgery because then he’ll only have to be off his bike for 15 days. Otherwise it would have meant a longer break,” says Dirk Demol, sports director at Discovery Channel.
Hincapie crashed out of the race on the brutal Mons en Pvle pav when his front fork suddenly broke. As a result, the American somersaulted and landed heavily on his right shoulder. But Hincapie had already been down in a crash about 25 kilometres into the race which may have influenced what happened later.
“I can’t be sure, but the front fork was probably damaged already in the first crash, only it wasn’t visible and then on the cobbles you can’t feel that something is wrong,” says Demol.
Whatever the reason, the crash meant yet another broken Paris-Roubaix dream for George Hincapie and has forced him to skip the upcoming Tour de Georgia. After that he was supposed to have a break and resume racing in the Dauphin Libr. The break has now been moved forward, but otherwise the injury shouldn’t interfere too heavily with his programme.