Hincapie wins Stars and Stripes for the third time - Video, story and race results

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 Ken 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.

“The support from the city and community of Greenville has been truly exceptional for the USA Cycling Professional Championships for four years. And we are truly excited to announce our return to Greenville for 2010,” added Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling, Inc. The announcement about the Championships returning to Greenville was made after the race by USA Cycling in partnership with Medalist Sports and The City of Greenville.

 

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 Jonathan

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