March 01, 2007
Hincapie has wrist surgery, will miss Paris-Roubaix
US road champion George Hincapie had surgery on his left wrist Wednesday, and looks almost certain to miss Paris-Roubaix April 15.
"The surgery went well, straightforward and no complications," Discovery Channel sporting director Johan Bruyneel told the AFP. "Now we just have to wait and see how he recovers."
Bruyneel believes that Hincapie will recover quickly, as he did after breaking his wrist in Paris-Roubaix last year, but thinks the very nature of the Hell of the North will keep Hincapie out of the race.
"He will be able to ride his bike pretty soon, but it's not very realistic to think about Paris-Roubaix," Bruyneel said. "It's not just a Classic. It's the cobblestones. That's the issue."
This year's edition of Paris-Roubaix features an extra section of cobbles, the Chemin du Moulin, in addition to the 27 cobbled sections riders negotiated last year.
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