Ben King wins USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Championship

September 20, 2010

GREENVILLE,SC – September 19, 2010 – Benjamin King (North Garden,Va./Trek-Livestrong) pulled off one of the most dramatic wins in the25-year history of the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship.The 21-year-old held an early race break to win the 115-mile GreenvilleHospital System USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship andbecome the first rider under the age of 23 to win the event against someof the sport’s top pros.

“We were going pretty hard at the beginning there,” said King. “Once Iwas solo I had nine minutes; I was thinking about a lot of motivators. Iwas praying pretty hard after Paris Mountain and my prayers gotanswered.”

Alex Candelario (Reno, Nev./Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Kiel Reijnen(Boulder, Colo./Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) outsprinted the 12-man chasegroup 1:34 minutes later to grab the silver and bronze medalsrespectively.

“I couldn’t believe how slow we were going on the first lap,” saidReijnen. “The fact that Ben King had the Trek-Livestrong colors on Ithink guys thought the RadioShack team would help with that chase. Whenone big, strong team isn’t motivated it really demotivates the field.(The finishing circuits) were awesome. Coming through that start/finishline you could hear the roar. Greenville is a great place fornationals.”

King, the current USA Cycling U23 Road Race National Champion, and hisbreakaway companions Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Bissell) andScott Zwizanski (Mill Valley, Calif./Kelly Benefit Strategies) took offin the first of three, eight-mile opening circuits around downtownGreenville. With the peloton content to let the youngsters go so earlyin the nearly five-hour contest, the trio continued to build the gap tomore than 15 minutes mid-way through the race.

It wasn’t until the third of four, 22-mile laps up and around ParisMountain that the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National ChampionHolloway and Zwizanski began to fall off the pace. King, fresh off theTour 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 22riders, including yesterday’s time trial national champion TaylorPhinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong), reigning road race nationalchampion and hometown favorite George Hincapie(Greenville, S.C./BMC) andformer 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 U23Road Race National Championship earlier this summer and the 2007 USACycling Juniors Road Race National Championship in similar fashion, dugdeep to hold off the advance in the final 12-kilometers.

L ‘Avenir (Tour of the Future) had everything to do with it,” explainedKing. “I was riding the front every single day. That’s what I think I’mgood at – doing the dirty work.

King is the first rider under the age of 23 in the event’s 25-year history to win the professional road race national title.

Thousands of fans lined the course for the finish as well as all of theday’s festivities, including 750 charity riders participating in theStars-and-Stripes Challenge, more than 150 in the kid’s race and dozenscontesting the U.S. Handcycling Series criterium.

Following the race USA Cycling announced plans to return the event to the City of Greenville for the next two years.

“We as an organization are committed to finding the best course and bestconditions for the riders,” stated USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “Theriders like it and community support has been remarkable. (Greenvilleprovides a) world-class course with high-quality event management and awonderful community spirit.”

Visit USA Cycling’s photo gallery to view photos from the event. Photos courtesy USA Cycling/Casey B. Gibson.


Men – Pro
Place  Points  Name City, State Time
Bib Team
1 0 Benjamin KING    4:44:56.9    131  Trek Livestrong
2 0 Alex CANDELARIO    4:46:30.9    64  Kelly Benefit Strategies
3 0 Kiel REIJNEN    4:46:31.0    56  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
4 0 Christopher HORNER    4:46:31.2    15  RadioShack
5 0 George HINCAPIE    4:46:31.3    BMC
6 0 Shawn MILNE    4:46:31.7    105  Team Type 1
7 0 Matthew BUSCHE    4:46:31.9    14  RadioShack
8 0 Taylor PHINNEY    4:46:32.8    132  Trek Livestrong
9 0 Andy GUPTILL    4:46:35.2    44  Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
10 0 Craig LEWIS    4:46:35.2    142  Columbia High Road
11 0 Lucas EUSER    4:46:35.2    144  SpiderTech presented by Planet
12 0 Jacob RYTLEWSKI    4:46:35.5    74  Kenda presented by Geargrinder
13 0 Scott STEWART    4:46:35.5    106  Team Type 1
14 0 Brent BOOKWALTER    4:46:35.9    BMC
15 0 Chris BALDWIN    4:46:36.0    111  UnitedHealthcare presented by M
16 0 Maxim JENKINS    4:46:36.1    114  UnitedHealthcare presented by M
17 0 Neil SHIRLEY    4:46:36.2    68  Kelly Benefit Strategies
18 0 Jason MCCARTNEY    4:46:36.5    12  RadioShack
19 0 Andrew TALANSKY    4:46:36.5    26  Garmin Slipstream
20 0 Levi LEIPHEIMER    4:46:37.0    11  RadioShack
21 0 Carter JONES    4:46:37.4    53  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
22 0 Christopher BUTLER    4:46:37.7    BMC
23 0 Chris JONES    4:46:50.4    104  Team Type 1
24 0 Timothy DUGGAN    4:49:33.9    23  Garmin Slipstream
25 0 Oscar CLARK    4:53:06.3    84  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
26 0 Tim FARNHAM    4:53:10.3    123  Adageo Energy
27 0 Joey ROSSKOPF    4:53:10.6    88  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
28 0 MAYNES Andy JACQUES    4:53:12.4    33  Bissell Pro Cycling
29 0 Ted KING    4:53:12.5    141  Cervelo
30 0 Tyler WREN    4:53:12.6    47  Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
31 0 Adrian HEGEVARY    4:53:13.6    113  UnitedHealthcare presented by M
32 0 Frank PIPP    4:53:13.6    37  Bissell Pro Cycling
33 0 Paul MACH    4:53:59.4    35  Bissell Pro Cycling
34 0 Philip GAIMON    4:53:59.5    72  Kenda presented by Geargrinder
35 0 Matthew COOKE    4:53:59.5    85  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
36 0 Jesse ANTHONY    4:55:22.1    61  Kelly Benefit Strategies
37 0 James DRISCOLL    4:57:02.9    42  Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
38 0 Bradley WHITE    4:57:02.9    116  UnitedHealthcare presented by M
39 0 Jeffry LOUDER    4:57:02.9    BMC
40 0 Phil ZAJICEK    4:57:03.0    143  Fly V Australia
41 0 Peter STETINA    4:58:58.0    21  Garmin Slipstream
42 0 Morgan SCHMITT    4:58:58.0    115  UnitedHealthcare presented by M
43 0 Ian BOSWELL    4:58:58.0    31  Bissell Pro Cycling
44 0 Jeremy POWERS    4:58:58.0    55  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF 0 Chad BEYER        BMC
DNF 0 Bjorn SELANDER        13  RadioShack
DNF 0 Steven COZZA        22  Garmin Slipstream
DNF 0 Caleb FAIRLY        24  Garmin Slipstream
DNF 0 Danny PATE        25  Garmin Slipstream
DNF 0 Daniel HOLLOWAY        32  Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF 0 MAYNES Ben JACQUES        34  Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF 0 REILLY Cody O        36  Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF 0 Kyle WAMSLEY        38  Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF 0 David WILLIAMS        39  Bissell Pro Cycling
DNF 0 Nicholas FREY        43  Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
DNF 0 John SIMES        45  Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
DNF 0 Frank TRAVIESO        46  Jamis/SutterHome presented by C
DNF 0 Sergio HERNANDEZ        51  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF 0 Brad HUFF        52  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF 0 Sean MAZICH        54  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF 0 ULDEN Bernard VAN        57  Jelly Belly presented by Kenda
DNF 0 Dan BOWMAN        63  Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF 0 Guy EAST        65  Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF 0 Reid MUMFORD        67  Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF 0 Scott ZWIZANSKI        69  Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF 0 Robert BUSH        71  Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF 0 Chris MONTELEONE        73  Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF 0 Nicholas WAITE        75  Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF 0 Scottie WEISS        76  Kenda presented by Geargrinder
DNF 0 Andrew BAKER        81  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF 0 Thomas BROWN        83  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF 0 Mark HEKMAN        86  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF 0 William HOFFARTH        87  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF 0 Eric SCHILDGE        89  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF 0 Scott TIETZEL        90  Mountain Khakis fueled by Jitte
DNF 0 Alex BOWDEN        101  Team Type 1
DNF 0 William DUGAN        102  Team Type 1
DNF 0 Ken HANSON        103  Team Type 1
DNF 0 Eric BENNETT        121  Adageo Energy
DNF 0 Adam CARR        122  Adageo Energy


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