Evans' victory is number 9 for domestique Hincapie

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Any cyclist hoping to win the Tour de France sure seems to benefit from having American rider George Hincapie on his team.

With Cadel Evans' victory in this year's Tour, Hincapie has now been in nine winning teams — he helped Lance Armstrong to all seven of his victories, and he was in Alberto Contador's team when the Spaniard won the first of his three Tours in 2007.

Hincapie tells The Associated Press that "I do have a lot of experience, and the Tour de France is so dangerous and stressful, it's important to know how to position yourself well in the peloton and not lose valuable seconds through a crash or a split in the peloton."

He said "that's one of my expertises, to keep Cadel away from those."

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