By Brian Holcombe
Greenville, South Carolina, resident Craig Lewis (Columbia-HTC) will miss the start of the USA Cycling Professional Championships this weekend, having been diagnosed with the H1N1 Flu Tuesday morning.
When reached for comment on his hometown race, Lewis’ wife Courtney reported that the 24-year old had been diagnosed with Swine Flu at the hospital Tuesday morning. Lewis was expected to support neighbor and teammate George Hincapie in a bid to win the road race championship Sunday.
“It’s the first case in Greenville,” Courtney Lewis said. “Craig will definitely miss the race this weekend.”
Lewis returned this week from the Tour of Ireland, where he finished fourth in the final stage Sunday, landing him a seventh place overall finish in the three-stage race. It is unclear whether any of Lewis’ teammates in Ireland have contracted the disease.
The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling National Championships will kick off on Saturday August 29 with the individual time trial. The road race, which Lewis planned to ride, takes place on Sunday August 30.
Last year Lewis was tireless as Hincapie’s only teammate at the Greenville race, where the two battled much larger squads from Garmin and other domestic teams. Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton won last year in a sprint with Garmin’s Blake Caldwell.