Hincapie wins third professional road race championship

Greenville local Hincapie wins his third professional road championship as event announces return to Greenville for 2010
 
Greenville, S.C. (August 30, 2009)--One of the most decorated American cyclists of his generation, George Hincapie (Greenville, S.C./Columbia-High Road) added a third Stars-and-Stripes jersey to his collection, winning the Greenville Hospital Systems USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship in front of his hometown crowd. Hincapie jumped on a late race break on the last climb over Paris Mountain and outsprinted Andrew Bajadali (Boulder, Colo./Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Jeff Louder (Salt Lake City, Utah/BMC) to earn the Stars-and-Stripes following three finishing circuits in downtown Greenville on Sunday.
 
“This one is special because I haven’t raced in five weeks so I wasn’t really sure how I would feel,” commented Hincapie. “It was a ton of pressure, but it was a very special day for my family and the city of Greenville.”  
 
The trio out sprinted five additional breakaway companions to the line in the final stretch of the 115-mile affair. The only riders with teammates in the final break, BMC’s Brent Bookwalter (Banner Elk, N.C.) finished fourth while Matthew Busche (Wauwatosa, Wis./Kelly Benefit Strategies) was fifth.
 
To the delight of the crowd in downtown Greenville, yesterday’s USA Cycling Professional Time Trial national champion David Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, Utah/Garmin-Slipstream) made a break for it off the line leading the group through the three small opening downtown circuits. The only American to win a stage of all three Grand Tours grew his lead to nearly four minutes before being absorbed by the charging peloton nearly halfway through the 115-mile affair.
 
After a bit of disorganization, it was Chris Jones (Auburn, Calif./Team Type I) who finally got away up the final of four ascents up Paris Mountain. He was soon however caught by several riders who worked together to take a small lead decending the mountain. Despite a strong chase, the lead group of eight riders looked to be in control through the final three downtown circuits and after a surge by Ian McKissick (Everett, Wash./BMC), “Big George” timed the sprint perfectly and grabbed his first national title since the debut of the event in Greenville in 2006.
 
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.  
 
“Up on the climb, it was pretty amazing,” said Bajadali of the crowds. “It was super loud. It was kind of deafening in the finish circuits, right through the start/finish. It was like wow, this is awesome. There’s always a great crowd here, really supportive of the race. I love racing here, I love the South and it’s a great course.”  
 
After four years in Greenville and the expiration of its commitment to hold its pro championships there, USA Cycling announced after the race that the event would return to the city in 2010.
 
 
USA Cycling Professional Championships
Road Race Results
Aug. 30, 2009
Greenville, S.C.
 
 
Position
Rider
Team
Time
1
HINCAPIE George
Team Columbia-High Road
4:33:36
2
BAJADALI Andrew
Kelly Benefit Strategies
4:33:37
3
LOUDER Jeff
BMC Racing Team
4:33:39
4
BOOKWALTER Brent
BMC Racing Team
4:33:43
5
BUSCHE Matthew
Kelly Benefit Strategies
4:33:43
6
MCCARTY Patrick
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
4:33:49
7
JONES Chris
Team Type 1
4:33:49
8
ZAJICEK Phil
Fly V Australia
4:33:59
9
BOWMAN Daniel
Kelly Benefit Strategies
4:34:46
10
MILNE Shawn
Team Type 1
4:34:55
11
SHIRLEY Neil
Kelly Benefit Strategies
4:35:01
12
CREED Mike
Team Type 1
4:35:02
13
DONALD Jason
Garmin-Slipstream
4:35:03
14
JENKINS Max
Glud & Marstrand Horsens
4:35:04
15
SWINDLEHURST T Burke
Bissell Pro Cycling
4:35:05
16
WHITE Bradley
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
4:35:06
17
PATE Danny
Garmin-Slipstream
4:35:45
18
McCARTNY Jason
Saxo Bank
4:35:45
19
RYTLEWSKI Jacob (Jake)
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
4:40:30
20
GUPTILL Andrew
Colavita-Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light
4:40:30
21
JACQUES-MAYNES Benjamin
Bissell Pro Cycling
4:40:31
22
JOHNSON Timothy
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
4:40:31
23
CRUZ Antonio
BMC Racing Team
4:40:32
24
CANDELARIO Alexander
Kelly Benefit Strategies
4:40:33
25
MURPHY John
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
4:40:33
26
DUGGAN Timmy
Garmin-Slipstream
4:40:33
27
LEWIS Craig
Team Columbia-High Road
4:40:34
28
PETERSON Tom
Garmin-Slipstream
4:40:34
29
KING Ted
Cervelo Test Team
4:41:55
30
REIJNEN Kiel
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
4:41:55
31
TALANSKY Andrew
Amore e Vita - Life Time Fitness
4:41:56
32
GARCIA Jonathan
BMC Racing Team
4:41:56
33
LANDIS Floyd
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
4:41:57
34
JACQUES-MAYNES Andy
Bissell Pro Cycling
5:10:58
35
KEM Omer
Bissell Pro Cycling
5:10:58
36
SCHMITT Morgan
Bissell Pro Cycling
5:10:58
37
KILUN Roman
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
5:10:58
38
VAILLANCOURT Daniel
Colavita-Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light
5:10:58
39
WREN Tyler
Colavita-Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light
5:10:58
40
MARZOT Charles
Team Mountain Khakis
5:10:58
41
DUGAN William
Team Type 1
5:10:58
42
DOMINGUEZ Ivan
Rock Racing
5:10:58
43
CAMUT James
Land Rover - ORBEA
5:10:58
ZABRISKIE David
Garmin-Slipstream
HOWES Alex
Garmin-Slipstream
FRIEDMAN Mike
Garmin-Slipstream
COZZA Steven
Garmin-Slipstream
BEYER Chad
BMC Racing Team
MCKISSICK Ian
BMC Racing Team
STEWART Jackson
BMC Racing Team
ZIRBEL Tom
Bissell Pro Cycling
DEENY Sheldon
Bissell Pro Cycling
HOWARD Graham
Bissell Pro Cycling
MACH Paul
Bissell Pro Cycling
PIPP K Frank
Bissell Pro Cycling
BALDWIN Christopher
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
CHODROFF Jonathan
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
LEA Bobby
OUCH Presented By Maxxis
CRANE Matthew
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
GAIMON Phillip
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
REISTAD Nicholas
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
VANULDEN Bernard
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
HOAG Cheyne
Kelly Benefit Strategies
MUMFORD Jonathan
Kelly Benefit Strategies
ZWIZANSKI Scott
Kelly Benefit Strategies
HARPER Richard (Rich)
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
MONTELEONE Christopher
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
PARRISH Jonathan
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
SPINELLI Justin
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
STANFIELD Tyler (Ty)
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
STEVENSON Russell
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
SWAIN Tim
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
WEISS Scottie
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
WINSTEAD Matthew (Matt)
Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
BAKER Andy
Team Mountain Khakis
HOFFARTH Will
Team Mountain Khakis
RAMSEY Daniel
Team Mountain Khakis
SOLADAY Thomas
Team Mountain Khakis
BEAMER Spencer
Team Mountain Khakis
ELDRIDGE Charles Joe
Team Type 1
HANSON Kenneth
Team Type 1
HOLT Daniel
Team Type 1
MACGREGOR Ian
Team Type 1
RODRIGUEZ, Fred
Rock Racing
HERNANDEZ  Sergio
Rock Racing
GRUBER Jered
DLP Racing
JOHNSON Boyd
DLP Racing
GORDON Steven
DLP Racing
HAMBLEN Jonathan
DLP Racing
HENRY Timothy
DLP Racing
OLSON Andrew
DLP Racing
BARTLETT Joshua
Land Rover - ORBEA
SWEETING Bobby
Land Rover - ORBEA
WOLFENBARGER Wade
Cinelli-Down Under
KING Ben
Trek Livestrong
 
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