August 23, 2006
USPRO rider list appearing
George Hincapie, who looks likely to be coming off a win at the Tour of Benelux, depending on today's stage, is confirmed for Discovery Channel, and he'll be riding with Viatcheslav Ekimov as his sporting director. Also racing for the Discos will be Jason McCartney. Tom Danielson will be chasing a Vuelta title in Spain.
David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde will fly the flag for CSC, but Bobby Julich, who dropped out of the Tour of Benelux this week complaining of fatigue, will not race. Zabriskie has to be a favorite in the Friday time trial championship.
Levi Leipheimer will also race, as he winds down his tenure with Gerolsteiner before joining Discovery Channel next season.
Freddie Rodriguez and Chris Horner will both be in Europe. Other US pros to watch include defending road champion Chris Wherry of Toyota-United, and double TT champion Chris Baldwin (also of Toyota-United).
It's a home game for Hincapie and for TIAA-CREF's Craig Lewis, the reigning under-23 road race and criterium champion. Both live and train in Greenville.
I'll be there for one or both days, and hope to get lots of pictures.
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Thanks for giving us live coverage! Question: What is the relationship between this event and the world championship, if any? Tyler Hamilton says, "I’d like to race starting at the World Championships. The road race is one day after I’m cleared to race." But how does he get in without qualifying? I'm just not clear on those rules.
Posted by: Nancy Toby at Aug 23, 2006 9:24:01 AM
I can't wait until the Hell of the West. I keep hearing good things about that new kid, David Sommers.
Posted by: Jarrett at Aug 24, 2006 12:39:09 AM
Jarrett, He's sure got one cute girlfriend.
Posted by: Frank at Aug 24, 2006 10:52:17 AM
Does anyone know if this race is going to get any television coverage?
Posted by: moxy at Aug 25, 2006 11:03:06 AM