As we get set to begin the Spring Classics with tomorrow’s running of the 102nd Milan-San Remo, it’s the perfect time examine some of the important questions facing the major riders and teams during this year’s spring campaign. As each question is posted, feel free to share your opinions, insights, and predictions as comments—your commentary and spirited dialogue is always appreciated.
7. Can George Hincapie finally win Paris-Roubaix?
After years of trying, France’s Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle finally won Paris-Roubaix in 1992—at the age of 37. This year—at the age of 37—American George Hincapie will try once again to win the race that has tormented him throughout his entire career.
Supported by a talented BMC squad including Alessandro Ballan, Marcus Burghardt, Greg Van Avermaet, Manuel Quinziato, and two-time U23 Roubaix-winner Taylor Phinney, it’s safe to say that Hincapie will enter this year’s Hell of the North with more support than he’s ever had at his disposal. He’s also enjoyed a solid build-up, with nary a crash or a cough interrupting his training so far. Then again, we’ve said all these things before. But in a race where luck matters more than age, anything is possible—could this be Big George’s year?
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