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Hincapie scores classic win at Ghent-Wevelgem

At last! American George Hincapie can finally breathe a big sigh of relief, after taking home a major classics win for the first time in his career. The U.S. Postal Service rider made it look almost easy as he won the 63rd edition of Ghent-Wevelgem on Wednesday afternoon in Wevelgem, Belgium. And while it was close at the finish -- the tall New York native just barely edged Mercury-Viatel's Leon Van Bon at the line -- Hincapie had all the right moves throughout the 215km ride through western Belgium.

Hincapie wins Ghent-Wevelgem!

American George Hincapie of the U.S. Postal Service joined a prestigious list of winners that includes Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault on Wednesday. Hincapie outsprinted Leon Van Bon (Mercury Viatel) to win the 63rd edition of Ghent-Wevelgem in Belgium. Hincapie was part of a five-man group that escaped without about 30km to go in the 214km race. A complete report will be posted shortly.

Bortolami scores upset win at Flanders

The Tour of Flanders produced an unexpected winner on Sunday, and it proved to be a nice surprise for the Italians, as Taconni-Vini Caldirola’s Gianluca Bortolami edged Erik Dekker (Rabobank) in a photofinish, while the pre-race favorites had to settle for a ninth-place sprint. Bortolami turned up as the top survivor on a day that began with a big crash, and ended with an eight-man sprint that contained the remnants of a once-20-man breakaway. The race began in the historic town center in Brugge, which was packed with Belgian fans under a cloudy, sometimes drizzly sky. Despite some early

Hermida wins, as young guns rule Napa World Cup

You couldn’t ask for a more exciting start to the men’s World Cup cross-country season. Spectators at the Domaine Chandon winery in Yountville, California, were treated to a thrilling opener Sunday that featured seesaw battles for the lead, a touch of weather drama and a first-time winner in Spanish sensation Jose Antonio Hermida. The 22-year-old Hermida, riding for Bianchi Motorex, experienced a career high last year in Spain when he won the world title in the under-23 category. But even that, said an emotional Hermida after completing the 25.2-mile course in 2:02:06, doesn’t compare to

Fontanelli first to fall under new EPO testing regimen

Recent moves to stamp out doping from the peloton claimed its first statistic Sunday, as Italian rider Fabiano Fontanelli was ruled out of the Tour of Flanders following a suspect blood test, according to a race official. Fontanelli, who rides for Mercatone Uno, was excluded after a the "traditional" race-morning blood test showed a suspect hematocrit level. Because his red blood cell count exceeded 50 percent, Fontanelli was declared unfit to take part and excluded from racing for a minimum of 15 days. While the morning test has been used since 1997, Fontanelli will be the first pro rider

Blatter wins women’s World Cup opener at Napa

Specialized continued its roll on Saturday as defending World Cup champion Barbara Blatter won the opening race of the 2001 Tissot-UCI World Cup series at the Domaine Chandon winery, near Napa, California. Blatter took control of the 22-mile race midway through the third of five laps. She never really attacked, but on one of the steep climbs, Blatter left Alison Dunlap (GT) and Alison Sydor (Trek-Volkswagen) behind, and quickly gained a 30-second lead. "I just [sped] it up a little from lap to lap, and that was enough," said the 30-year-old Swiss, who has been living with her sister in

Bortolami scores upset at Flanders

The Tour of Flanders produced an unexpected winner on Sunday, and it proved to be a nice surprise for the Italians, as Taconni-Vini Caldirola’s Gianluca Bortolami edged Erik Dekker (Rabobank) in a photofinish, while the pre-race favorites had to settle for a ninth-place sprint. Bortolami turned up as the top survivor on a day that began with a big crash, and ended with an eight-man sprint that contained the remnants of a once-20-man breakaway.

Brits tab Canadian Hill as national coach

The British Cycling Federation (BCF) has appointed Canadian Peg Hill as its national women's endurance coach. Hill will start her new job on April 20. She will be working for the lottery-funded World Class Performance Plan, which steered British riders to their best ever total of Olympic and worlds medals last year. Hill's charges will include world pursuit champion Yvonne McGregor, Ceris Gilfillan, who won Canada's GP Feminin last year, and Sarah Symington who placed sixth in the world’s road race. U.S.-born Hill represented the U.S. at three world championships in the 1980s,