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Zwizanski chases US pro time trial title

The Kelly Benefits Strategy team led up until a couple laps to go.

The Kelly Benefits Strategy team led up until a couple laps to go. (Image credit: Jon Devich)

Kelly Benefit Strategies' Scott Zwizanski is looking to extend his streak of time trial successes at the US National Professional Time Trial Championships on Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. Zwizanski has taken time trial stage wins at the Tour de Beauce and Tour of Uruguay so far this season.

Jonas Carney, Performance Director of the Kelly Benefit Strategies team predicted an interesting race. "Zwizanski has surprised a lot of people with his time trialing this season, and yet people continue to underestimate him. He is a contender for the title."

Zwizanski will be joined by one other teammate for the time trial, Reid Mumford. The time trialists will race three laps of a 6.9-mile course.

One day later, on Sunday, the squad will field eight riders for the road race championships. Mumford and Zwizanski will race along with Neil Shirley, who was third two years ago and Andrew Bajadali, who finished seventh last year. Dan Bowman, new addition to the team Matt Busche, Alex Candelario and Cheyne Hoag will also take the start.

"This is the strongest squad we have ever started for the USPRO Road Race," said Carney. "It's a very difficult course and that can make it tough to have many riders left when the smack goes down. But Baj and Shirley have both been close in the past, and we are hoping that the depth of our 2009 roster will make the difference."

The 110-mile road race marks the the 25th anniversary of the one-day championship event.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.