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Cipollini wins Ghent-Wevelgem, Rodriguez and Hincapie 2 & 3(12 posts)

Cipollini wins Ghent-Wevelgem, Rodriguez and Hincapie 2 & 3Tig
Apr 10, 2002 7:46 AM
Excellent and agressive racing by Fred Rodriguez and George Hincapie put them in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Cipollini managed to out sprint them in a group of 5 for his 3rd win of the race.

"3:35 p.m. The second time up the Kemmelberg today, Fred Rodriguez launched an attack and he was joined by Hendrik Van Dyck and Franck Pencole. With a strong lead out from Boonen, Hincapie managed to jump across the gap and join the group. The group was soon joined by none other than Mario Cipollini..."

For those who say Hincapie should find another team that could support him better in the classics, well once again Postal (especially Boonen) proves they can put him in the winning break. After that, it is purely up to him, and he is doing great. 'Nuff said!
Good pickup in Boonenmr_spin
Apr 10, 2002 7:52 AM
From what I read, Boonen towed George around all day until George went with winning move. I guess if you want to do well in Belgium, you have to have some Belgians on your squad! Boonen is still a kid.

The chance of Hincapie beating Cipollini is pretty slim. Even he must have realized that.

Two Americans on the podium of a semi-classic! Who would have thought?
Boonen managed 7th ahead of Zabel!Tig
Apr 10, 2002 7:56 AM
I'm sure we'll see more of Tom Boonen in the future. He is making a great name for himself.
Americans are f'ing strong this year.Sintesi
Apr 10, 2002 8:17 AM
George is always so close. I think he's learning to take more chances instead of reacting all the time. Freddy has snapped back this year for sure. What is that? Second twice to Cipo? This could be the best classics season for Americans ever.
And Cipollini was awesome...bigdave
Apr 10, 2002 10:13 AM
It wasn't about a 4-rider leadout train to the line... no, he won this race by superb decision making and guts. He stayed with the lead group over the climbs, then made the decisive jump across the gap to the leading riders. I think the other guys in the break knew at that point that, with him there and the fact that they couldn't drop him on the climbs, that they were all wrestling for 2nd place.

To me, it seemed like a great tactical win by someone who is a sprinter, not a victory by a sprinter who milked it all day and exploded in a bunch finish.

Yes, the strongest rider of the day -- the whole day, not just the sprint -- won.

Bravo!

--Dave
good link for pics and storyJohnG
Apr 10, 2002 11:37 AM
Man, the Lion King is looking awesome!!!!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2002/apr02/wevelgem02/index.php?id=results
Did Mr. Armstrong raced today? nmBruno
Apr 10, 2002 1:53 PM
No (nm)Wayne
Apr 10, 2002 2:16 PM
Lance: Mario's bitch.arafat_fan
Apr 10, 2002 2:41 PM
He was fetching water bottles, keeping Mario out of the wind, typical domestic stuff.

What Lance is thinking...mr_spin
Apr 10, 2002 3:02 PM
Must stay next to Mario...or in front of him...Is there any way to turn that outfit off?...There has to be some way to adjust the brightness!...you know, if he tries to bridge up to George, I don't know that I could follow him without going blind!...why is Nardello laughing so hard next to me?...hey, Nardello, want to switch places?...Come on, I'll let you win the Tour!!!
What is Cipo doing...Djudd
Apr 10, 2002 3:39 PM
He is going to ruin his playboy/sprint-only rep.
Better than expected: Hincapie takes two podiums in two yearsElefantino
Apr 10, 2002 4:08 PM
Worse than expected: George is the American Stuart O'Grady ... the occasional win, but more often a follower

BTE: Fred rocks.
WTE: It's April. Come July, Fred sucks.

BTE: The Lion King keeps winning, so the Societee TdF can't keep out Acqua & Sapone.
WTE: Wanna bet?

BTE: Everyone agrees that the zebra uniforms are ugly.
WTE: You know, that jersey would look good in my closet.

FWIW,
Mike