April 12, 2006

Hincapie suffers separated shoulder in crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Hincapie will not need surgery
on the separated shoulder he sustained in a crash during the
Paris-Roubaix race, Discovery Channel team officials said on

Hincapie was found to have a third-degree separation of his
right shoulder as well as a severely bruised wrist after being
examined by doctors on Tuesday in Greenville, South Carolina.

His 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,"
Hincapie said in a statement from his home in Greenville.

"I will be off the bike for about a week but look forward
to resuming my training."

The 32-year-old Tour de France stage winner expected to be
in form for his next scheduled race, the Dauphine Libere, which
begins on June 4.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington)