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Hincapie leaves Columbia for BMC

George Hincapie (l) and Mark Cavendish
Hincapie helped Cavendish win six stages on the 2009 Tour de France

Britain's Mark Cavendish has lost George Hincapie from Team Columbia after the American moved to BMC Racing.

Hincapie, who is known as a specialist one-day racer and will be team captain and mentor, has signed a two-year deal.

The 36-year-old was part of Cavendish's lead-out train in his Milan-San Remo Classic victory and 10 Tour de France stage wins over two seasons.

Hincapie had been expected to join seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's new Radio Shack team.

He supported his fellow American for each of those Tour victories between 1999 and 2005.

Hincapie says Cavendish is a 'one-off'

But Hincapie said: "The idea of working with the young team and helping to build the program appealed to me.

"I am excited to help mentor the riders while also focusing on my major goals at the same time."

Hincapie has finished seven times in the top 10 of the Paris-Roubaix one-day race and last month won the United States national road title for the third time.

Reigning world road race champion Alessandro Ballan has also joined BMC, along with Marcus Burghardt (Columbia), Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank), Steve Morabito(Astana), Michael Schar (Astana) and Simon Zahner (neo-pro).



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see also
Armstrong announces squad debut
26 Aug 09 |  Cycling
Vinokourov back in Astana stable
24 Aug 09 |  Cycling
Cavendish claims Milan-San Remo
22 Mar 09 |  Cycling


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