Sunday, August 30, 2009

George Hincapie wins U.S. pro road race

George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC) won the USA Cycling pro road championship on Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina.

Hincapie out-kicked Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies) for the stars and stripes. The pair caught late escapee Jeff Louder (BMC), who held on for third, in the final kilometer.

The trio had been part of an eight-man break that formed late in the 100-mile race, which included four trips up Paris Mountain.

It's the third national championship for Hincapie, who won the title in 2006 and 1998, when the event was called the First Union USPRO Championship and run in Philadelphia.

This year's event was the 25th anniversary of the one-day national championship. Other winners include Olympic speed skating champion Eric Heiden (1985), Lance Armstrong (1993) and Fred Rodriguez (2000, 2001, 2004).

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