Eneco Tour stage 4 wrap-up

Four times this season, including the prologue of the Eneco Tour, George Hincapie (Discovery...

Hincapie turns the tables

Four times this season, including the prologue of the Eneco Tour, George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) has finished second in a time trial. But today, on the very tricky 16.1 km course in Landgraaf, Hincapie finally scored, beating Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) by 14 hundredths of a second to win the fourth stage of the Eneco Tour. Nibali had the best time at halfway in 9'57, a full five seconds better than the American, but big George turned it on in the last half to finish in 19'58.23, topping Nibali's 19'58.37 by a narrow margin.

In doing so, Hincapie took over the leader's jersey from Tom Boonen (Quick.Step), who rode a fairly relaxed race to finish in 21'25. Hincapie now has a three second gap on GC over Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), who was third today at 6 seconds.

"It's very close," commented Hincapie after the stage. "I've been on the other side many times this year, so I feel for Nibali, who got second. But I'm happy I came in on the other side. I worked super hard for this; I did everything I could to win. I'm very content at the way it worked out."

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