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Wednesday’s EuroFile: Hincapie won’t need surgery; Raisin said to be improving; Rebellin hopeful despite rib injury

George Hincapie won’t face surgery after all. The 32-year-old Discovery Channel rider crashed twice in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, injuring one wrist and his right shoulder, but an exam Tuesday found that an operation would not be necessary. Doctors determined that the crash resulted in a third-degree separation of Hincapie's shoulder as well as a severely bruised wrist. His shoulder will be taped and placed in a sling until he can resume riding. "I was happy to hear that I will not need surgery," Hincapie said from his home in Greenville, South Carolina. "I will be off the bike for about

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Hincapie after his craash

Hincapie after his craash

Photo: AFP (file photo)

George Hincapie won’t face surgery after all.

The 32-year-old Discovery Channel rider crashed twice in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, injuring one wrist and his right shoulder, but an exam Tuesday found that an operation would not be necessary.

Doctors determined that the crash resulted in a third-degree separation of Hincapie’s shoulder as well as a severely bruised wrist. His shoulder will be taped and placed in a sling until he can resume riding.

“I was happy to hear that I will not need surgery,” Hincapie said from his home in Greenville, South Carolina. “I will be off the bike for about a week but look forward to resuming my training and to be in form for my next scheduled race the Dauphiné Libéré in early June followed by the Tour de France in July.

Hincapie will remain at home in South Carolina until mid-May, when he returns to Europe for scheduled training camps in preparation for the Tour de France.

“George’s crash was disappointing as he was our leader on the day and at the time of the crash was in a good position along with teammates [Leif] Hoste and [Vladimir] Gusev in a very elite group,” said Johan Bruyneel, Discovery channel sports manager.

“George is a total professional and I expect him to be in top form for his next objective, the Tour de France.”

Raisin reported to be coming out of coma
Saul Raisin is apparently coming out of his medically induced coma, his uncle told the Dalton Daily Citizen.

His mother, Yvonne Raisin, told family members and friends from France that her son is moving all of his extremities and shows no signs of paralysis, according to John Raisin, the cyclist’s uncle.

John Raisin said Tuesday that his nephew recognized his parents and answered yes-or-no questions correctly by squeezing their hands.

“He got all the questions right,” John Raisin said. “He squeezed once for yes and twice for no. This was his best day yet. We’re all very excited.”

The 23-year-old Crédit Agricole rider crashed April 4 in the first stage at the Circuit de la Sarthe and subsequently suffered a cerebral edema in a French hospital in Angers. Emergency surgery helped ease pressure on Raisin’s brain and stabilized his condition.

Rebellin hopeful despite rib injury
Italy’s Davide Rebellin said Wednesday that he hopes to overcome a rib injury to take part in the Amstel Gold race in the Netherlands on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Rebellin, captain of the Gerolsteiner team, sustained the injury in a crash during the Baskenland Tour.

“I only felt the pain on Monday and had a bit of difficulty breathing,” Rebellin said. “I will train hard on Thursday and then have myself checked out. My form is good and I want to start the Amstel race if possible.”

Rebellin won the Amstel Gold race two years ago. —Agence France Presse

Boonen wins Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) won the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Wednesday in Schoten, Belgium.

The Belgian world champion and ProTour leader sprinted to victory in the 200km race ahead of Dutch teammate Steven De Jong and Belgian Gert Steegmans (Davitamon-Lotto).

The trio had been part of a 23-man break — including seven Quick Step riders — that went off at the 50km mark and was never retrieved.

The victory was Boonen’s 13th victory of the season and the 60th of his career. —Agence France Presse

Results
1. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step, 200km in 4:31:00 (44.280 km/h)
2. Steven de Jongh (Ned), Quick Step, same time
3. Gert Steegmans (B), Davitamon-Lotto, s.t.
4. Niko Eeckhout (B), Chocolade Jacques, s.t.
5. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.