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The Hell of the North

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Is this Hincapie's year? He's strong as ever and, according to an interview reprised in part on Cyclingnews.com, has more confidence in himself and has, to paraphrase, "learned how to win."

Last year's winner Tom Boonen is definately the favorite, and, I think has George's number. My prediction Boonen first, Hincapie second. Although I hope it's the other way around.
post #2 of 8
They are definitely both on form. I'm with you, I'd like to see George win, but I'm not putting any money on it.
post #3 of 8
Boonen all the way.. I dont think anyone has the sprint to challenge him.. Even ale-jet, with zabel's work mind you, hasnt been able to touch him yet
post #4 of 8
Cancellara first in 6:07:54
Boonen # 2
Hincapie out. Fork steerer broke with 29k to go.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah I read that. Definately not George's year.
post #6 of 8
scary crash...amazed he still has his collarbones intact...Does Trek make their own forks?
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by jstraw
scary crash...amazed he still has his collarbones intact...Does Trek make their own forks?
I think they are usually bontrager forks.. which are now Trek anyway.. He is one big dude though and a steerer break is hella scary..
post #8 of 8
Here's the offical press release from trek...

Quote:
The official press release, from Zapata Espinosa at Trek, 4/10/06 (printed
verbatim)-

George Hincapie at Paris-Roubaix

Discovery Channel Pro cyclist George Hincapie crashed twice yesterday in the
famed Paris-Roubaix and was unable to finish. The last crash apparently a
result of the first incident happened when his aluminum steer tube broke at
the intersection with the stem.

"George was in a crash earlier in the day, but due to race conditions and
his comments that everything seemed fine, we did not change to his back up
bike" said Johan Bruyneel, Sports Manager of the Discovery Channel Pro
Cycling Team.

At the time of the second crash, George was commenting to team directors
that he felt looseness in his steering; he thought his head-set may have
come loose as a result of the earlier crash. Team directors were
determining when and how to swap to his replacement bike when George entered
another rough section of cobbles and crashed.

"I believe that the first crash set the stage for the big crash", said
Bruyneel. "Section after section the vibrations just kept coming until the
damaged steerer gave loose. We have been racing and winning on Trek
products for the last seven years. We have the utmost confidence in their
products, from design, to testing, to manufacturing. We have been very
impressed." Bruyneel continued.

"The cobbles do not discriminate", said Julien De Vriese, a forty year
veteran mechanic and the teams Head Mechanic.

Trek is bringing the fork and the bike back to the United States where they
will receive a thorough evaluation.
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