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Stars gather in Aspen ahead of USA Pro Challenge

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 18, 2013, 15:27,
Updated:
August 18, 2013, 17:11
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 19, 2013
Race:
USA Pro Challenge
Jens Voigt (RadioShack)

Jens Voigt (RadioShack)

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Froome not considering GC after post-Tour break

The USA Pro Challenge kicked off in Aspen, Colorado with the team presentation at Snowmass Village last night, with Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) and green jersey winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale) headlining the event.

Although the tough climbs of Colorado should suit Froome on paper, he said that he is still trying to get back into form after a series of exhibition criteriums and some time off after the Tour.

“Hopefully, I can be here to help one of my teammates get the title," Froome told the fans at the presentation. "I’ve taken a bit of time off after the Tour and I’m going to try to use this race to try and get back into the swing of things and get ready for the World Championships.”

The seven-stage races begins on Monday with a circuit in Aspen, and concludes next Sunday with another high-speed stage in Denver. In between, there are numerous high-altitude ascents to tackle and several tricky finishes.

The festivities have already gotten underway in Aspen, with several recreational rides. The Aspen Sprint Challenge for amateur racers gets the competition underway tonight.

barn yard More than 1 year ago
border security in the US is too tight for this guy's extra luggage
Rob Alan More than 1 year ago
idiot.
Bathroadster More than 1 year ago
Where exactly did he say he was riding it as a vacation? If Froome wishes to use it as a training block for the worlds then i don't see the problem, Hinault, if still racing now would probably do similar with certain races, the world changes, change with it or be left behind! Girlfriend and kids on vacation with him? Your living in the past terminator!
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Exactly. The vacation story came from Terminator, no-one else.
David Martinsen More than 1 year ago
I think it's cool that Froome goes in to this with intentions of helping Porte (or perhaps Kennaugh?) Serves a TDF Victor very well to help his teammates win.
kdayfranceusa More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is entirely normal for a GC rider to pay back the other riders by working for them at another race. It would be very appropriate and wonderful for Froome to help Porte or Kennaugh win the race. If that happens, then great. Personally I hope that another team wins this race besides Sky because I like rooting for under dog riders and teams.
David Martinsen More than 1 year ago
I also enjoy seeing a underdog win. But yeah, somewhere along the way i just started cheering for Team SKY :P Hopefully gonna be a very interesting race to watch, no matter who's winning!
marcello More than 1 year ago
Ha, they all lost 5 minutes today.
wheel chaser More than 1 year ago
Riders are always saying they're using a race as a prep for something else...just enjoy the race as it plays out. It would be no surprise and be expected to see Fromme giving all he's got to get his good friend Porte a win.
kdayfranceusa More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed to see Voigt's picture, but not hear a quote from him. He's always seems to have something great to say. I'm not sure if he'll be there racing, but I'm looking forward to it if he does. Go Jens!