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Hincapie likely out after surgery

Hincapie likely out after surgery
By Eurosport

01/03/2007 at 09:50Updated

George Hincapie will likely miss one of his most sought after spring classics, the Paris-Roubaix, after undergoing successful surgery on his left wrist.

The Discovery Channel rider broke his wrist on the sixth stage of the Tour of California on Saturday.

"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."

Hincapie fractured his wrist at last year's Hell of the North, though he finished second at Paris-Roubaix the year prior to that.

Bruyneel acknowledged that competing in one of his most coveted races would not be likely for Hincapie due to the heavily cobble-stoned nature of the contest.

"We'll wait one week and see how it goes. 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."

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