VeloLive is back this weekend from the U.S. pro road championships in Greenville, South Carolina. Join VeloNews reporter Brian Holcombe as he talks with guests including defending national road champion Ben King (RadioShack), 2010 Giro d’Italia prologue runner-up Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) and 2010 nationals road silver medalist Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth).
Viewers can interact with guests live via Ustream and Twitter. This weekend’s guests will answer a number of viewer questions; post your questions to Twitter with the hasthtag #velolive or login to the Ustream chat room.
Tune into VeloLive at www.velonews.com/live or ustream.tv/channel/velolive1. The broadcast is at 4:30 pm Eastern/1:30 pm Pacific Sunday.
Ben King (RadioShack)
King is the defending professional national road champion. At just 21 years old, King turned heads with his solo win in Greenville last year. King followed his two U23 national titles from earlier in the year with an impressive win after attacking with a three riders in the first kilometer of the race. Afterward he announced that he had signed with RadioShack to begin his pro career in Europe. King will enter Monday’s road race as a sentimental favorite after one of the greatest – if not the greatest – rides in U.S. Pro history.
Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing)
Bookwalter jumped onto international radars when he finished second in the prologue of the 2010 Giro d’Italia, his first grand tour. Two months later he was helping Cadel Evans into the maillot jaune at the Tour de France. Bookwalter, a stage winner at the Tour of Utah and former U23 national champion, returns to Greenville after a bitter disappointment in the road race last year. He is coming off of a broken collarbone, but saw his form improve every day at the Amgen Tour and U.S. Pro has been his major focus for months.
Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth)
Candelario is a multiple stage winner at Redlands, Cascade and SuperWeek and finished second to King in the nationals road race in 2010. Most recently he finished fifth in stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California, missing the win to Peter Sagan by half a wheel. At 36, “Cando” is one of the elder statesmen of the domestic peloton and a passionate supporter of World Bicycle Relief.