Finishing sixth in Fiorano Modenese, Team Discovery's George Hincapie got his first encouraging result since he broke a wrist at the Tour of California earlier this year. "I thought I had a chance to win today, but in the sprint, I got boxed in," he explained. "As I was 50 meters off Bettini, I couldn't make my sprint, but my legs were feeling really good today."
Frustrated that he missed the classics this year, Hincapie decided to start the Giro for the first time in his 13 year-old career instead of riding the Tour of Catalunya and the Dauphiné as he has other years.
"I'm really happy with this choice of program," he said. "It should lead me to the Tour de France with a good condition."