By Susan Westemeyer and Laura Weislo George Hincapie finished stage six of the Tour of California...
By Susan Westemeyer and Laura Weislo
George Hincapie finished stage six of the Tour of California with a broken wrist, Team Discovery Channel has announced. He and teammate Tony Cruz crashed early in the stage when Cruz bumped Ivan Basso's wheel, but both finished the stage and defended teammate Levi Leipheimer's overall lead.
After the race, x-rays showed that Hincapie had broken his wrist, "specifically the radius - the bone of the forearm that extends from the outsider (lateral) of the elbow to the thumb side of the wrist", according to the team's website. Hincapie will not be able to ride the race's final stage on Sunday. Instead he had to undergo surgery on Sunday morning, and will miss out on the Spring Classics he had targeted this season.
Cruz suffered scrapes and bruises and was expected to ride again Sunday.
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