U.S. national road champion George Hincapie of the BMC Racing Team needed 18 stitches to close a cut on his right knee and sustained abrasions to his right shoulder and face in a crash that knocked him out of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Thursday’s Stage 2.
Gravel Caused Crashed. Hincapie did not break any bones in the crash that occurred just before the halfway point of the 124 kilometer race from Thanksgiving Point to Mt. Nebo. Hincapie said he went down when he swerved to avoid another rider on a fairly flat, twisting section of road. “I rode into a bit of gravel and my front wheel went out,” Hincapie said. “Crashing is never a good thing. I’m definitely concerned with my knee and how much time I’m going to have to take off the bike. It’s not a good time for that.”
BMC Racing Team’s Dr. Max Testa said Hincapie will not be able to ride for at least 10 days. The U.S. national road championships in Hincapie’s hometown of Greenville, S.C., are in three weeks. “We’ll monitor him closely the next 24 hours and then make a plan for his recovery,” Testa said. “We can’t make a determination yet whether he’ll be able to defend his title.”
Optimistic about Canadian Races. After speaking by phone from Europe with Hincapie, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he was glad to hear Hincapie did not break any bones. “That’s the most important thing,” Lelangue said. “We’ll see how it goes in the coming days and if he has the possibility to race the two ProTour races in Canada, just to get him two more racing days and more training,” Lelangue said. “I hope to see him at 100 percent for nationals because it’s a special race, he’s the defending champion and he’s at home.”