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Where was Hincapie at Het Volk?(12 posts)

Where was Hincapie at Het Volk?upandcomer
Mar 1, 2003 2:46 PM
I would have thought he was going to be in one of the late breaks. Was the team working for Max Van Heeswijk?
Team?Dwayne Barry
Mar 1, 2003 2:56 PM
When the 4 Quick-steps (Museeuw, Boonen, VdB, and Bettini) broke away only Pozatto and Farizijn were able to go with them. Van Heswijk was able to cross on his own to make a break of 7. I'm pretty sure he was the only Postal guy in the chasing group. When the bunch had been whittled down to 50 or so, and Boonen attacked to initiate the winning break, Ekimov was the only Postal rider I had heard mentioned for some time.
Quick Step dominatesboneman
Mar 1, 2003 3:10 PM
van Heeswijk bridged the gap on the Molenberg. As in 17%. Except for him, USPS didn't show in the last 100k except for a bit by Eki. I watched the last 3 hours on Eurosport and Quick-Step kicked butt. Boonen did the early damage on the Leberg with Pozzato of Fasa and then at about 62k Museeuw and Bettini came up, joined by VDB. Bettini did an awesome amount of work at the front and with 5k to go, Museeuw just motored off the front.

Telekom bit the dust with Klier crashing on the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Wesseman abandoning with about 90k to go.

Quick-step look awfully strong for the Northern European races.
Quick Step dominatesFranchise
Mar 1, 2003 3:29 PM
I agree. Quick-Step just sponsored a clinic on how to win the Spring Classics. I can't want to see their team compete and develop over their Classics campaign.
Team? - Was this televised?Live Steam
Mar 1, 2003 8:44 PM
On Eurosport...Dwayne Barry
Mar 2, 2003 2:03 AM
I listened to the Eurosport coverage via the net. I think OLN might be showing it in a few weeks.
sickyeah right
Mar 1, 2003 4:10 PM
one of the news sources said he was recovering from some sinus issue. i was wondering where he was for a while as well.

for the record, max, eki, cruz and benoit joachim all finished pretty well (main group or better). you can't blame postal for not having four or five top ranked classics riders like quickstep (especially after loosing boonen).
who cares? he better get a killer instinct or...EpicX
Mar 1, 2003 5:34 PM
who cares? he better get a killer instinct or he'll be an eternal also ran. you would think being in lances shadow for 10 years would have taught him something.

hey i like george and i root for him every race, but he always seems to hold back at crunch time. he's usually one of the strongest ones out there, and tactically he rides a smart race most of the time BUT he lets others dictate the race. when was the last time you saw georgie instigate anything?

museeuw, on the other hand is always testing. attack, attack, boom, solo breakaway. and george is left behind more often than not. not because he doesn't have the legs, but because he doesn't have the confidence. even when lance plays super domestique for him, when it's time for him to take the reins, it never pans out...

go hincapie!
I didn't see the race, but.......cydswipe
Mar 2, 2003 5:41 AM
isn't some of the blame on Bruneel? Why isn't he coaching George or anyone else on USPS to make breaks? I agree that George is a great cyclist. He is strong. But, I would think he is tired of wearing the brides-maid dress. USPS should be more of a force in the spring classic scene IMHO.
USPS is built to win the Tour not ClassicsEmu_Lane
Mar 2, 2003 7:54 PM
The Classics are an afterthought for USPS. I think Hincapie would have won PR at least twice by now and a couple more classics if he were on Mapei. Just think in 2001 if he had one more rider that could be with him, let alone 3 teamates like Museeuw. I would argue that Boonen wasn't riding for Hincapie last year. Look at his attitude. Obviously with Armstrong going for #5 this year it isn't the year to mess with success, I think, though, they could have worked harder in the classics and gone for stage victories in the Tour the past 2 years. Armstrong could have still won easily without the team being 100%.
Where was George?!! How about....motta
Mar 3, 2003 2:42 AM
congratulations to Postal for putting van Heeswijk across the line second to the one of the best classic's riders the world has ever seen. This, in spite of being surrounded by Quick-Step guys. Then they are at it again on Sunday doing well in Brussels with 11,16, and 22nd place.
Looks like he crashed...upandcomer
Mar 3, 2003 8:48 AM
Looks like he crashed according to Cyclingnews:

George Hincapie (US Postal) also crashed at the foot of the Muur, requiring six stitches to his face. He did show up and ride Sunday's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, where he finished 22nd.