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"No more seconds or thirds" for Hincapie

George Hincapie (Discovery) on the podium in 2005

George Hincapie (Discovery) on the podium in 2005 (Image credit: Jon Devich)

By Hedwig Kröner in Compiègne

Discovery Channel's George Hincapie is positive he can finally earn the fruit of his Classics' campaign in Paris-Roubaix, a race the American has been trying to win for many years. After riding a solid Tour of Flanders one week ago, Hincapie's form is undoubtedly excellent. "I feel good," he said on Saturday afternoon. "On Wednesday, I wasn't quite recovered from a hard Tour of Flanders, so I was a bit tired there. I was still able to be in front though. Thursday, I took a day off and on Friday, I felt better than ever, even better than before the Tour of Flanders. So, I'm looking forward to tomorrow!"

Asked if the stage victory in last year's Tour de France had influenced his riding style, Hincapie replied, "I have a lot more confidence in my ability [since then]. I know that, without any bad luck, I will be there amongst the leaders. I'll take advantage of my experience and race for the win. Second and third won't be placings for me anymore."

About his main rival, Tom Boonen, Hincapie added, "Tom's obviously riding great, and he's the guy to beat. For Paris-Roubaix, you need to ride consistent to get to the stadium, so hopefully I'll have great legs so I can beat him. Besides, I'm going into the race knowing that I can beat him, but he's not the only guy to worry about. There will be lots of others tomorrow..."

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