Armstrong headlines S.F. Grand Prix

Three-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will close his season with his only U.S. racing appearance of the year this weekend. Armstrong will head a field of 131 riders at the inaugural San Francisco Grand Prix, to be contested in the streets of San Francisco on Sunday. The 125-mile race will be contested on a 10-mile circuit in the Financial District, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina and Pacific Heights in the famous city by the bay. Armstrong will be joined by a full U.S. Postal Service squad, including Ghent-Wevelgem winner George Hincapie, Olympic time trial champion

By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer

Armstrong headlines S.F. Grand Prix

Armstrong headlines S.F. Grand Prix

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Armstrong

Armstrong

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Three-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will close his season with his only U.S. racing appearance of the year this weekend. Armstrong will head a field of 131 riders at the inaugural San Francisco Grand Prix, to be contested in the streets of San Francisco on Sunday. The 125-mile race will be contested on a 10-mile circuit in the Financial District, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina and Pacific Heights in the famous city by the bay.

Armstrong will be joined by a full U.S. Postal Service squad, including Ghent-Wevelgem winner George Hincapie, Olympic time trial champion Viatcheslav Ekimov and American Tyler Hamilton, making one of his final appearances for the Postal Service team before he switches over to the CSC-Tiscali squad for next season.

While Armstrong and his squad will have the biggest mass appeal, they’ll have to contend with all of the top American professional squads that have been battling out the U.S. Pro Cycling Tour all season long. San Francisco will be the 10th of 13 events in the series that also includes the First Union USPRO Championship and the BMC Software Grand Prix. Saturn’s Trent Klasna holds a commanding lead in the Pro Cycling Tour, with Navigators Vassili Davidenko in second place.

Back in June, Klasna battled Hincapie and Fred Rodriguez for the USPRO title in Philadelphia, with Rodriguez taking the stars-and-stripes jersey. Rodriguez, a Bay Area resident, will be on hand in San Francisco as well, riding for the composite Dinardi Pasta Montegrappa-Domo team.

Team Mercury will be led by an on-form Scott Moninger and Chris Wherry, who placed second at the Tour du Limousin in France last month, while 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, the winners of the last round of the Pro Cycling Tour, hope that their late-season charge will continue. They bring John Lieswyn and Clark Sheehan as their two big threats.

Sunday’s race begins at 9 A.M. at Embarcadero and Market St. in San Francisco. The riders will do 10-laps of the main 10-mile circuit, which includes two main climbs. The first climb, on Filmore St., is three-blocks long, with a maximum grade of 18 percent. The second climb is located at Columbus Ave. and Taylor St.. After 10 laps of the main circuit, the race will conclude with five-laps on a five-mile finishing circuit, with the finish back at Embarcadero and Market.

For a complete race roster, click here

VeloNews.com will have a complete race wrap-up on Sunday following the race.

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Results

;US Postal Service;
Lance Armstrong, USA;
George Hincapie, USA;
Viatcheslav Ekimov, RUS;
Tyler Hamilton, USA;
Steffen Kjaergaard,NOR;
Stephen Barthe, FRA;
Robbie Ventura,USA;
Dylan Casey, USA;
Kenny Labbe, USA;
;Mercury;
Derek Bouchard Hall, USA;
Gord Fraser, CAN;
John Peters, USA;
Chris Pic, USA;
Michael Sayers, USA;
Scott Moninger, USA;
Floyd Landis, USA;
Chris Wherry, USA;
Chris Horner, USA;
Henk Vogels, AUS;
;Saturn;
Michael Barry, CAN;
Matt DiCanio, USA;
Chris Fisher, USA;
Harm Jansen, NED;
Trent Klasna, USA;
Tim Johnson, USA;
Mark McCormack, USA;
Frank McCormack, USA;
Soren Peterson, DEN;
Eric Wohlberg, CAN;
;Aguardiente Nectar;
Raul Montana, COL;
Alexis Rojas, COL;
Jose Luis Vanegas, COL;
Victor Hugo Gonzalez, COL;
Ismael Sarmiento, COL;
Jhony Ruiz, COL;
Rigoberto Ibanez, COL;
;Prime Alliance;
Michael Creed, USA;
Steve Larsen, USA;
Aaron Olson, USA;
Ryan Miller, USA;
John Walrod, USA;
Jonas Carney, USA;
;Navigators;
Chris Baldwin, USA;
Siro Camponogara, ITA;
Vassili Davidenko, RUS;
Oleg Grishkine, RUS;
Glen Mitchell, NZL;
Kirk O’Bee, USA;
Adham Sbeih, USA;
Burke Swindlehurst, USA;
Brendan Vesty, NZL;
Mark Walters, CAN;
;Corona Mastercard;
Siddharta Camil, MEX;
Domingo Gonzalez, MEX;
Juan Luis Gonzalez. MEX;
Aaron Ojeda, MEX;
Gerardo Castillo, MEX;
Octavio Corona, MEX;
Jose Robles, MEX;
Cuhitaluac Ayala, MEX;
;7UP-Colorado Cyclist;
Charles Dionne, CAN;
Ryan Guay, USA;
John Lieswyn, USA;
David McCook, USA;
Kevin Monahan, USA;
Juan Pineda, USA;
Oscar Pineda, USA;
Andrew Randell, CAN;
Clark Sheehan, USA;
Doug Ziewacz. USA;
;Jelly Belly;
Kirk Albers, USA;
Jason McCartney, USA;
Mariano Friedick, USA;
Norm Carter, USA;
Jonathan Erdeyli, USA;
Brian Forbes, USA;
;NetZero;
Jamie Paolinetti, USA;
Michael Johnson, USA;
Matthew Yates, NZL;
Ryan Barrett, USA;
Graeme Miller, NZL;
Mike Tillman, USA;
David Johnson, USA;
Jason Bausch, USA;
Michael Johnson, USA;
Joshua Taylor, USA;
;Dinardi Pasta Montegrappa Domo;
Alessandro Ballan, ITA;
Jan Bratkowski, GER;
Mirco Crepaldi, ITA;
Guiseppe Palumbo, ITA;
Tom Anderson, GBR;
Rossano Bosi, ITA;
Fred Rodriguez, USA;
;Zaxby’s-DeFeet;
Scottie Weiss, USA;
Chris McGovern, USA;
Dirk Friel, USA;
Jacob Fetty, USA;
Luke Stockwell, AUS;
Roberto Gaggioli,ITA;
;Lombardi Sports;
John Van Heel, USA;
Tim Larkin, USA;
Patrick Heaney, USA;
Dean Meyer, USA;
John Hunt, USA;
Ben Jaques Maynes, USA;
;Cannondale-Wheelworks;
Jon Hamblen, USA;
Chris Peck, USA;
Jonathan Page, USA;
Curt Davis, USA;
Shawn Milne, USA;
Matthew Svatek, USA;
Don Mills, USA;
;Saeco;
Luca Barla, ITA;
Oscar Cavagnis, ITA;
Brad Davidson, AUS;
Nicola Gavazzi, ITA;
Armin Meier, SUI;
Justin Spinelli, USA;
;Flanders-Prefetex;
Ronny Assez, BEL;
Christoph Roodhooft, BEL;
Christian Selin, FIN;
David Plas, BEL;
Pelle Kil, NED;
Youri Deliens, BEL;
;Alto Velo-Ritchey;
James Mattis, USA;
Dario Falquier, USA;
John Huang, USA;
Tim Noakes, USA;
Peter Armitage, USA;
John Kelly, USA;
Thomas Frischnecht, SUI;