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No surgery needed for Hincapie

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) will not need surgery following his crash in the 104th Paris-Roubaix on the weekend, his team has reported. Hincapie returned to the USA on Monday evening and met with doctors Tuesday in Greenville, South Carolina. Doctors determined that the crash resulted in a 3rd degree separation of his shoulder as well as a severely bruised wrist. Hincapie's shoulder will be taped and placed in a sling until he can resume riding.

"I was happy to hear that I will not need surgery," said Hincapie. "I will be off the bike for about a week but look forward to resuming my training and to be in form for my next scheduled race the Dauphiné Libéré in early June followed by the Tour de France in July."

Hincapie will remain at home in South Carolina until mid-May when he returns to Europe for scheduled training camps in preparation for the Tour de France.

Discovery Channel Sports Manager Johan Bruyneel added, "George's crash was disappointing as he was our leader on the day and at the time of the crash was in a good position along with teammates Hoste and Gusev in a very elite group. George is a total professional and I expect him to be in top form for his next objective, the Tour de France."

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