Ben King wins Pro Road Race National Championship

Ben King crosses the line for the solo victory in downtown Greenville.
Ben King crosses the line for the solo victory in downtown Greenville.
Greenville, S.C. (Sept. 19, 2010) – Benjamin King (North Garden, Va./Trek-Livestrong) pulled off one of the most dramatic wins in the 25-year history of the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship. The 21-year-old held an early race break to win the 115-mile Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship and become the youngest rider to win the event against some of the sport’s top pros.  
 
“We were going pretty hard at the beginning there,” said King. “Once I was solo I had nine minutes; I was thinking about a lot of motivators. I was praying pretty hard after Paris Mountain and my prayers got answered.”
 
Alex Candelario (Reno, Nev./Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Kiel Reijnen (Boulder, Colo./Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) outsprinted the 12-man chase group 1:34 minutes later to grab the silver and bronze medals respectively. 
 
“I couldn’t believe how slow we were going on the first lap,” said Reijnen. “The fact that Ben King had the Trek-Livestrong colors on I think guys thought the RadioShack team would help with that chase. When one big, strong team isn’t motivated it really demotivates the field. (The finishing circuits) were awesome. Coming through that start/finish line you could hear the roar. Greenville is a great place for nationals.”
 
King, the current USA Cycling U23 Road Race National Champion, and his breakaway companions Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Bissell) and Scott Zwizanski (Mill Valley, Calif./Kelly Benefit Strategies) took off in the first of three, eight-mile opening circuits around downtown Greenville. With the peloton content to let the youngsters go so early in the nearly five-hour contest, the trio continued to build the gap to more than 15 minutes mid-way through the race.  
 
It wasn’t until the third of four, 22-mile laps up and around Paris Mountain that the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Champion Holloway and Zwizanski began to fall off the pace. King, fresh off the Tour of the Future with USA Cycling’s National Development Program, continued solo up the long climb with the powerful peloton bearing down.
 
Heading into the closing downtown circuits a lead group of around 22 riders, including yesterday’s time trial national champion Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong), reigning road race national champion and hometown favorite George Hincapie (Greenville, S.C./BMC) and former Tour de France stage winner Levi Leipheimer (Santa Rosa, Calif./RadioShack) mobilized and moved inside three minutes of King. Familiar with the art of staying away, King, who won the USA Cycling U23 Road Race National Championship earlier this summer and the 2007 USA Cycling Juniors Road Race National Championship in similar fashion, dug deep to hold off the advance in the final 12-kilometers.
 
"L ‘Avenir (Tour of the Future) had everything to do with it,” explained King. “I was riding the front every single day. That’s what I think I’m good at - doing the dirty work."
 
King is the youngest athlete in the event’s 25-year history to win the professional road race national title.  King's road race and Phinney's time trial win serve as a testament to the future of American cycling and USA Cycling's National Development Programs.
 
Zwizanski, Reijnen and King push hard out front.
Zwizanski, Reijnen and King push hard out front.
Thousands of fans lined the course for the finish as well as all of the day’s festivities, including 750 charity riders participating in the Stars-and-Stripes Challenge, more than 150 in the kid’s race and dozens contesting the U.S. Handcycling Series criterium. 
 
 
“We as an organization are committed to finding the best course and best conditions for the riders,” stated USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “The riders like it and community support has been remarkable. (Greenville provides a) world-class course with high-quality event management and a wonderful community spirit.”
 
Visit USA Cycling’s photo gallery to view photos from the event. Photos courtesy USA Cycling/Casey B. Gibson.

Read Ben King's first-hand account of his winning ride.
 
USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Championship RESULTS
Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 19, 2010
 
Place
 First
 Last
 Time
 Team
1
 Benjamin
 KING
 4:44:56.9
 Trek Livestrong
2
 Alex
 CANDELARIO
 4:46:30.9
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
3
 Kiel
 REIJNEN
 4:46:31.0
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
4
 Christopher
 HORNER
 4:46:31.2
 RadioShack
5
 George
 HINCAPIE
 4:46:31.3
 BMC
6
 Shawn
 MILNE
 4:46:31.7
 Team Type 1
7
 Matthew
 BUSCHE
 4:46:31.9
 RadioShack
8
 Taylor
 PHINNEY
 4:46:32.8
 Trek Livestrong
9
 Andy
 GUPTILL
 4:46:35.2
 Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
10
 Craig
 LEWIS
 4:46:35.2
 Columbia High Road
11
 Lucas
 EUSER
 4:46:35.2
 SpiderTech presented by Planet
12
 Jacob
 RYTLEWSKI
 4:46:35.5
 Kenda presented by Geargrinder
13
 Scott
 STEWART
 4:46:35.5
 Team Type 1
14
 Brent
 BOOKWALTER
 4:46:35.9
 BMC
15
 Chris
 BALDWIN
 4:46:36.0
 UnitedHealthcare presented by M
16
 Maxim
 JENKINS
 4:46:36.1
 UnitedHealthcare presented by M
17
 Neil
 SHIRLEY
 4:46:36.2
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
18
 Jason
 MCCARTNEY
 4:46:36.5
 RadioShack
19
 Andrew
 TALANSKY
 4:46:36.5
 Garmin Slipstream
20
 Levi
 LEIPHEIMER
 4:46:37.0
 RadioShack
21
 Carter
 JONES
 4:46:37.4
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
22
 Christopher
 BUTLER
 4:46:37.7
 BMC
23
 Chris
 JONES
 4:46:50.4
 Team Type 1
24
 Timothy
 DUGGAN
 4:49:33.9
 Garmin Slipstream
25
 Oscar
 CLARK
 4:53:06.3
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
26
 Tim
 FARNHAM
 4:53:10.3
 Adageo Energy
27
 Joey
 ROSSKOPF
 4:53:10.6
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
28
 MAYNES Andy
 JACQUES
 4:53:12.4
 Bissell Pro Cycling
29
 Ted
 KING
 4:53:12.5
 Cervelo
30
 Tyler
 WREN
 4:53:12.6
 Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
31
 Adrian
 HEGEVARY
 4:53:13.6
 UnitedHealthcare presented by M
32
 Frank
 PIPP
 4:53:13.6
 Bissell Pro Cycling
33
 Paul
 MACH
 4:53:59.4
 Bissell Pro Cycling
34
 Philip
 GAIMON
 4:53:59.5
 Kenda presented by Geargrinder
35
 Matthew
 COOKE
 4:53:59.5
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
36
 Jesse
 ANTHONY
 4:55:22.1
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
37
 James
 DRISCOLL
 4:57:02.9
 Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
38
 Bradley
 WHITE
 4:57:02.9
 UnitedHealthcare presented by M
39
 Jeffry
 LOUDER
 4:57:02.9
 BMC
40
 Phil
 ZAJICEK
 4:57:03.0
 Fly V Australia
41
 Peter
 STETINA
 4:58:58.0
 Garmin Slipstream
42
 Morgan
 SCHMITT
 4:58:58.0
 UnitedHealthcare presented by M
43
 Ian
 BOSWELL
 4:58:58.0
 Bissell Pro Cycling
44
 Jeremy
 POWERS
 4:58:58.0
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF
 Chad
 BEYER
 
 BMC
DNF
 Bjorn
 SELANDER
 
 RadioShack
DNF
 Steven
 COZZA
 
 Garmin Slipstream
DNF
 Caleb
 FAIRLY
 
 Garmin Slipstream
DNF
 Danny
 PATE
 
 Garmin Slipstream
DNF
 Daniel
 HOLLOWAY
 
 Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF
 MAYNES Ben
 JACQUES
 
 Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF
 REILLY Cody
 O
 
 Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF
 Kyle
 WAMSLEY
 
 Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF
 David
 WILLIAMS
 
 Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF
 Nicholas
 FREY
 
 Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
DNF
 John
 SIMES
 
 Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
DNF
 Frank
 TRAVIESO
 
 Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
DNF
 Sergio
 HERNANDEZ
 
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF
 Brad
 HUFF
 
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF
 Sean
 MAZICH
 
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF
 ULDEN Bernard
 VAN
 
 Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF
 Dan
 BOWMAN
 
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF
 Guy
 EAST
 
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF
 Reid
 MUMFORD
 
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF
 Scott
 ZWIZANSKI
 
 Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF
 Robert
 BUSH
 
 Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF
 Chris
 MONTELEONE
 
 Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF
 Nicholas
 WAITE
 
 Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF
 Scottie
 WEISS
 
 Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF
 Andrew
 BAKER
 
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF
 Thomas
 BROWN
 
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF
 Mark
 HEKMAN
 
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF
 William
 HOFFARTH
 
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF
 Eric
 SCHILDGE
 
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF
 Scott
 TIETZEL
 
 Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF
 Alex
 BOWDEN
 
 Team Type 1
DNF
 William
 DUGAN
 
 Team Type 1
DNF
 Ken
 HANSON
 
 Team Type 1
DNF
 Eric
 BENNETT
 
 Adageo Energy
DNF
 Adam
 CARR
 
 Adageo Energy
 
 
Find more information on the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships on the event’s official web site at www.usacyclingchampionships.com.
 
 


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