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USA Nats: Changing of the Guard?

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This weekend's US National Championships in Greenville, SC, will pit Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie against some new faces, as the old guard of American cycling tries to hang on to their stars and stripes for one more season.

Starting with tomorrow's time trial, it's 33km around Greenville in three 11km laps, of what looks like gently undulating terrain.

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With Dave Zabriskie at the Vuelta a Espana, the time trial title is open for the taking, but if Leipheimer isn't up to the task, wunderkind Taylor Phinney almost certainly will be. It's Phinney's debut in Greenville, but he has been hanging out at Hincapie's house all week getting ready, and is using this as a springboard to an assault on the worlds U23 time trial. Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefits) was third last year and figures to be in the mix again. Zabriskie is the only rider to ever win on the Greenville course, however, so his absence looms large over the race. Full lineup on the flip.

On the road side, look for the climb up Paris Mountain to break things up, as usual, but the competition to succeed Hincapie in stars and stripes, which will certainly include George himself, should be pretty heated as always. Chris Horner will come to town to challenge (or help) his teammate Leipheimer, who looked strong in Quebec and has to rate as a favorite. Phil Zajicek, the Jacques-Mayne Brothers, and Andrew Bajadali are likely protagonists, though I'm not an expert on the domestic scene so don't take my word for it. Full 87 rider lineup on the flip.

Please send in your pics from the sideline, it should be a raucous good ol time down in Dixie!

 The 19 registered ITT combatants:

Matthew Busche UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Timothy (Timmy) Duggan UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Caleb Fairly UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Nicolas Frey UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
Michael Friedman UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Adrian Hegyvary UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Charles Huff UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Carter Jones UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Benjamin King UCI CT: Trek Livestrong U23
Levi Leipheimer UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Paul Mach UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Jonathan Mumford UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Taylor Phinney UCI CT: Trek Livestrong U23
Jeremy Powers UCI CT: Jelly Belly Cycling Team
Peter Stetina UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Scott Tietzel UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Bernard VanUlden UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
David Williams UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Scott Zwizanski

UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies

And the 87 registrants for the road race:

Jesse Anthony UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Andrew Bajadali UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Andrew Baker UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Christopher Baldwin UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Chris Barton UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Eric Bennett UCI CT: Adageo Energy Pro Cycling
Chad Beyer UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Neil Bezdek UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Brent Bookwalter UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Ian Boswell UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Alex Bowden UCI CT: Team Type 1
Daniel Bowman UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Thomas Brown UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Matthew Busche UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Robert Bush UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER
Christopher Butler UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Alexander Candelario UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Adam Carr UCI CT: Adageo Energy
Oscar Clark UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Matthew Cooke UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Steven Cozza UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Matthew Crane UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Ivan Dominguez UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
James Driscoll UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
William Dugan UCI CT: Team Type 1
Timothy (Timmy) Duggan UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Guy East UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Lucas Euser SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy
Caleb Fairly UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Timothy Farnham UCI CT: Adageo Energy Pro Cycling
Nicolas Frey UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
Michael Friedman UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Phillip Gaimon UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER
Andrew Guptill UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
Kenneth Hanson UCI CT: Team Type 1
Adrian Hegyvary UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Mark Hekman UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Sergio Hernandez UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
George Hincapie UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Cheyne Hoag UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
Richard Hoffarth UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Daniel Holloway UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Christopher Horner UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Charles Huff UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Andy Jacques-Maynes UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Benjamin Jacques-Maynes UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Maxim Jenkins UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Carter Jones UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Christopher Jones UCI CT: Team Type 1
Benjamin King UCI CT: Trek Livestrong U23
Ted King UCI PCT: Cervelo Test Team
Levi Leipheimer UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Craig Lewis UCI PT: Team Columbia
Jeff Louder UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Paul Mach UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Sean Mazich UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Jason McCartney UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Shawn Milne UCI CT: Team Type 1
Christopher Monteleone UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER
Jonathan Mumford UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
John Murphy UCI PCT: BMC Racing Team
Cody O'Reilly UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Danny Pate UCI PT: Garmin Slipstream
K Frank Pipp UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Jeremy Powers UCI CT: Jelly Belly Cycling Team
Kiel Reijnen UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Joey Rosskopf UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Jacob Rytlewski UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER
Eric Schildge UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Morgan Schmitt UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Bjorn Selander UCI PT: Team RadioShack
Neil Shirley UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies
John (Jackie) Simes UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
Peter Stetina UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Scott Stewart UCI CT: Team Type 1
Andrew Talansky UCI PT: Garmin-Transitions
Scott Tietzel UCI CT: Mountain Khakis Fueled by Jittery Joes
Frank Travieso UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
Bernard VanUlden UCI CT: Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda
Nicholas Waite UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER
Kyle Wamsley UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Scottie Weiss UCI CT: KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER
Bradley White UCI CT: UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
David Williams UCI CT: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Tyler Wren UCI CT: Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita
Philip Zajicek UCI CT: Fly V Australia
Scott Zwizanski UCI CT: Kelly Benefit Strategies