BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter and Tejay van Garderen will compete in Saturday's time trial before joining George Hincapie for the road race Monday in Greenville, S.C. at the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling pro championships.
Winner of the stars-and-stripes jersey in 1998, 2006 and 2009, Hincapie will enjoy a "hometown advantage" one more time before the 185 kilometer road race moves to Chattanooga, Tenn., next year. "It's been great having it in Greenville the past six years," Hincapie said.
"It's nice to be able to do the race in a place where I train every day. We don't have a big team but Brent, Tejay and I are in good shape coming out of the Amgen Tour of California." Last year, Bookwalter finished fourth in the 33 km time trial while Hincapie was narrowly edged out in the road race and van Garderen finished fourth. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said any of the team's riders can win the road race. "So everyone will be free to try and go for the win," he said.
BMC Racing Team U.S. Nationals Roster (May 26, 28):
Brent Bookwalter (USA), George Hincapie (USA), Tejay van Garderen (USA).
Michael Sayers (USA)
Eric Heiden (USA)
Bus Driver: Andrzej Bek (POL). Mechanics: Thomas Grove (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA). Press Officer: Sean Weide (USA). Soigneurs: Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Trudi Rebsamen (USA).