George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) added another prize to his trophy cabinet on Sunday by sprinting to victory in the GP de Plouay, the 23rd race of the inaugural ProTour.
The American outkicked Alexandre Usov (AG2R -Prevoyance) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) to win the 212km race around Plouay.
Hincapie almost celebrated prematurely, raising his arms as Usov bore down upon him. But he managed to hang on to edge the AG2R rider.
The win came in what has been a stellar year for Hincapie. He finished second in Paris-Roubaix, then won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; collected two stages and briefly held the lead in the Dauphiné Libéré; and won the queen stage of the Tour de France, the mountainous 220.5km 15th leg.
UCI, grand tours still at loggerheads over ProTour
The director of the Vuelta a España has told the Reuters news agency that the UCI is ending negotiations over the ProTour with the three grand tours.
For the last 12 months, the big three have had a prolonged conflict with the UCI over their status in the ProTour, but this marks the first time one side has said it is ending the discussion entirely.
Vuleta director Victor Cordero, while saying he was not a spokesmen for the other two races, told Reuters that the three tours are amenable to further talks.
“We want to continue talking, and now it’s more important than ever. There’s no other way out,” Cordero told Reuters.