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Hincapie confirms to BMC with Ballan, Kroon, Burghardt

George Hincapie is headed to BMC for the 2010 season. The recently crowned American champion is set to join the American-Swiss team for a two-year contract. “Definitely the idea of working with the young team and helping to build the program appealed to me,” Hincapie said in a team press release. “I know a lot of the American racers on the team already and have seen how talented the young Swiss riders are, so I am very excited to help mentor the riders while also focusing on my major goals at the same time.”

Hincapie will be in a BMC kit for 2010

Hincapie will be in a BMC kit for 2010

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

George Hincapie is headed to BMC for the 2010 season.

The recently crowned American champion is set to join the American-Swiss team for a two-year contract.

“Definitely the idea of working with the young team and helping to build the program appealed to me,” Hincapie said in a team press release. “I know a lot of the American racers on the team already and have seen how talented the young Swiss riders are, so I am very excited to help mentor the riders while also focusing on my major goals at the same time.”

Hincapie, 36, rode the past two seasons with Columbia-HTC, where he served as an anchor for the team’s northern classics program and provided extra firepower in the Tour de France, helping steer teammate Mark Cavendish to six stage victories.

BMC is greatly expanding its roster in 2010, signing Hincapie and a bevy of other top European names.

Also set to join BMC for two seasons includes reigning world champion Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), Marcus Burghardt (Columbia-HTC), Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank), Steve Morabito and Michael Shar (both Astana) and Simon Zahner.

“When we started with the idea of the BMC Racing Team, we had a plan which would one day elevate us to the highest level of professional racing,” said co-owners Jim Ochowicz and Andy Rihs in a press release. “That day is today.”