August 27, 2005 – Greenville, SC-Four-time US Olympian and Tour de France Stage 15 Champion, George Hincapie and TIAA-Cref’s Craig Lewis will battle it out at the 21st Annual St. Francis Hospital Greenville Cycling Classic presented by Hincapie Sportswear in downtown Greenville on October 15th for the winner’s share of the $10,000 cash purse. Once again, Greenville will host some of the southeast’s fastest and most exciting bicycle racing action. Hincapie and Lewis will join hundreds of professional and amateur cyclists during fun-filled weekend of criterium racing.
“We are excited to have world class athletes like George Hincapie and Craig Lewis racing in downtown Greenville again,” said Rich Hincapie, longtime Greenville Cycling Classic Race Director. “George and Craig have both represented the US at various races in Europe this year, and they are both wrapping up terrific seasons in Greenville. We’re extremely pleased to have St. Francis Hospital as the title sponsor of this year’s race. They have stepped up with some incredible support for our event, and we hope to have them involved for a long time to come.”
Greenville’s very own, George Hincapie will be vying for his second straight victory at the Greenville Cycling Classic on October 15th. Hincapie is one of Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenants and the only Discovery Channel Team member to assist Lance with all seven of his record-breaking Tour de France victories. Hincapie is one of America’s most accomplished one-day classics riders, with victories in several prestigious European professional races. The four-time US Olympian and former US Professional Road National Champion is coming off one of his most successful seasons to date, with a huge win on Stage 15 of the 2005 Tour de France and several stage victories at the Dauphine Libere. “I love racing and training in Greenville,” commented the ten-time Tour de France participant. “It’s a great place to live and there is always a great crowd at the Greenville Cycling Classic.”
Craig Lewis is one of the young cycling phenoms on the TIAA-Cref cycling team, directed by former US professional Jonathan Vaughters. Lewis has been touted as one of the most talented bicycle racers in the US under the age of 23. He has competed internationally at races in France, Italy, Spain and the Caribbean, as well as the Tour of Georgia in the US. Lewis shows great promise for the future and will surely have his sights set on the winner’s share of the prize money at the Greenville Cycling Classic.
Race visitors will be treated to lots of fast-paced cycling action in the middle of downtown Greenville. The one-mile course will wind its way around the historic West End of Greenville, finishing near the beautiful Liberty Bridge at Falls Park. Cycling fans can catch all the action up close by viewing the racing from anywhere along the course. Prime viewing locations will be along Main Street through the West End, especially at the corners of Main Street and Camperdown Street and Main Street and Augusta Streets.
October 15th and 16th is sure to be an exciting weekend of bicycle racing action. Races start at 9:00am on Saturday, October 15th, with the day concluding in a 50-lap pro race at 6:00pm for a $10,000 cash purse. The start and finish of all races will be located on Main Street between Camperdown Street and Augusta Street in downtown Greenville.
For more information, please visit: www.hincapiesports.com