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USA Pro Challenge 2013

Date range:
August 19-25, 2013

August 19, Stage 1: Aspen 97.6km

Sagan wins opening stage at the USA Pro Challenge

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
August 19, 2013, 21:51,
Updated:
August 20, 2013, 02:29

Slovakian earns first leader's jersey

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins the opening stage at the USA Pro Challenge

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins the opening stage at the USA Pro Challenge

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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) lived up to expectations and sprinted to victory in the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge. The 23-year-old Slovakian champion won the bunch gallop in Aspen, Colorado at the conclusion of the 97.6km circuit race and earned the first leader's jersey of the seven-day event.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) placed second, followed by Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) in third from a peloton which fractured in the aftermath of the day's final climb, the category four McLain Flats with 9.7km to go. The first 17 riders were all on Sagan's winning time, while Joe Dombrowski (Sky) led in a 23-rider group five seconds in arrears.

"Maybe I was a favorite for people, but for me I am very surprised," said Sagan. "I am very happy. Thank you to all of my teammates, because they were on the front and pulled the group for the whole of the race. And we are very happy when we took the victory for the team."

Sagan had been in Aspen for two weeks, acclimating to the altitude and beginning his build-up to the world championships, and felt no ill effects during his first ever USA Pro Challenge stage.

"I felt very good," said Sagan. "I think this helped me, and maybe it was key for the win today. It was hard, but the climbs were not very long. We did tempo and on the last loop we rode hard on the last climb. The last 10km was good for me."

A late race attack from George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard) and Carter Jones (Bissell), which emerged from a seven-man group formed after the final KOM, was caught with just one kilometre remaining. Sagan himself was among the attackers in the seven-man escape, but his stint off the front didn't temper his final, stage-winning effort.

"I attacked because I thought we were a good group," said Sagan. "But when I was on the front nobody wanted to work with me. I said it's better to wait for the group and do a good sprint. And so I tried and I won."

As there are no time bonuses on offer in the USA Pro Challenge, today's stage results were mirrored on general classification with Sagan leading Van Avermaet and Reijnen, tied on time. The stage proved deceptively difficult as gaps formed on the final lap and only 17 riders were credited with the winner's time. More than half the peloton is already 5+ minutes off the pace on an opening stage of less than 100 kilometres.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) confirmed his pre-race comments about not being on top form as he finished in a group at 4:59, along with top-10 Tour finisher Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), while Froome's teammate Richie Porte rolled in amidst a group 6:41 down.

Tomorrow Sagan will face two colossal climbs in Independence Pass and Hoosier Pass and the Slovakian downplayed his chances to remain in the leader's jersey.

"Maybe tomorrow will be harder, but I am happy for today," said Sagan. "We will see day by day, but there are a lot of climbs."

A day for the sprinters?

Aspen, Colorado has been a staple of the first two USA Pro Challenge editions, and for 2013 the renowned ski town served as host for an opening day circuit race. Starting and finishing in the downtown, the clockwise, 32.5km circuit would be negotiated three times by the 128-rider strong peloton and featured a trek out to Snowmass Village, base camp for the racers and race organisation in the build-up to today.

Two intermediate sprints were on tap for the day, at the end of the first and second laps, while four KOMS would be contested as well, with category 4 ascents to Snowmass and McLain Flats on offer on both the second and third circuits.

There was much speculation about how the opening stage would be raced, whether there would be tactics similar to Garmin-Sharp's all-out assault from the gun in last year's opening stage, and while the opening kilometres proved aggressive the WorldTour squads largely kept their powder dry for the day as the Pro Continental and Continental squads went out on the attack.

Under glorious sunshine and temperatures comfortably in the 70s Fahrenheit, the first attack formed soon after passing kilometre zero and was comprised of seven riders: Davide Villella (Cannondale), Craig Lewis (Champion System), Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Jeremy Vennell (Bissell), Ryan Eastman (Bontrager), Tyler Wren and Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman).

This escape was neutralised after eight kilometres, and Craig Lewis immediately counter-attacked and would be joined by Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Ian Burnett (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda). The peloton seemed content with the composition of the break and the trio steadily pushed out their lead as Cannondale came to the fore in the field to assume pace-making duties.

When Burnett led Lewis and Cooke across the finish line at the conclusion of the opening lap their lead stood at 2:35, which would prove to be their largest advantage of the day. As the break headed out onto the second circuit KOMs were now on tap and Cooke showed his climbing prowess by taking top honours at both Snowmass and McLain Flats.

Cannondale continued to work for Sagan, setting tempo in the field, and by the start of the final lap the break's lead had been reduced to 1:35. Cooke made his KOM tally three-for-three as he reached the Snowmass climb first, but on the descent afterwards their advantage began to drop precipitously.

Inside of 15km remaining RadioShack Leopard upped the ante in the peloton and reduced the break's lead to 25 seconds while up front Burnett cracked and would quickly be absorbed. At this point the field began to splinter, with Chris Froome figuring prominently among the riders unable to keep pace.

Cooke dropped Lewis on the ascent to the day's final KOM, and the Jamis-Hagens Berman rider would remain resilient to make a clean sweep of all four KOMs and the subsequent classification leader's jersey.

Just as Cooke was about to be caught, a break went clear with six riders and the Jamis-Hagens Berman rider found the strength to latch on. In addition to Cooke, the lead group consisted of George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard), Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Javier Mejías Leal (Novo Nordisk), Carter Jones (Bissell), Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies).

At six kilometres to go the seven-man escape split, with Bennett and Jones going clear. One kilometre later the remainder of the escapees would be absorbed, while the RadioShack Leopard and Bissell duo charged to the finish with a 20-second lead.

BMC led the pursuit, and at the flamme rouge Bennett and Jones were caught. Three turns remained on the streets of Aspen, and coming out of the final right-hand turn at 250 metres to go Sagan was well-positioned in fourth wheel. What was considered the inevitable became a reality as the Slovakian champion turned on the afterburners and accelerated to a clear victory ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare).

Full Results
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:26:00  
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard    
5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
8 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
10 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
11 Gregory Brenes Obando (CRc) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
12 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
13 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
14 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
15 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
16 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
17 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
18 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:00:05  
19 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
21 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
22 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia    
23 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
24 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
25 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
26 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
27 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
28 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
29 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard    
30 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
31 David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
32 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
33 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
35 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling    
36 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
37 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
38 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
39 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Cycling Team    
40 Nathan Wilson (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
41 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:17  
42 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team    
43 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
44 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
45 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
46 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:32  
47 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:44  
48 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
49 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 0:01:07  
50 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
51 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling    
52 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:16  
53 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team    
54 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
55 Alex Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
56 James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
57 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
58 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:03:20  
59 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
60 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia    
61 Michael Torckler (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:04:29  
62 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:04:59  
63 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
64 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
65 Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia    
66 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
67 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
68 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
69 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
70 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk    
71 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
72 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
73 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
74 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling    
75 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia    
76 Julio Alexis Camacho Bernal (Col) Colombia    
77 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling    
78 Feng Chun Kai (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
79 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
80 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling    
81 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
82 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
83 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
84 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
85 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia    
86 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
87 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
88 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
89 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
90 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
91 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
92 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
93 Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
94 Xu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
95 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
96 Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
97 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
98 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
99 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
100 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
101 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:06:41  
102 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling    
103 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
104 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
105 Cheung Fu Shiu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
106 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
107 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
108 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
109 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk    
110 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
111 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
112 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
113 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk    
114 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
115 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
116 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
117 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp    
118 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
119 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
120 Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:09:58  
121 Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
122 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk    
123 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
124 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
125 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:12:45  
126 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman 0:14:12  
127 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
Sprint 1 - End of first circuit, 31.6km
1 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 5 pts
2 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 1  
Sprint 2 - End of second circuit, 64.6k m
1 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 5 pts
2 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 3  
3 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 1  
Sprint 3 - Finish, 97.6km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 15 pts
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 12  
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 10  
4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 7  
5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 6  
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5  
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
8 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3  
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 2  
10 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1  
Mountain 1 - Snowmass (Cat. 4) 44.4km
1 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 4 pts
2 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2  
4 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 1  
Mountain 2 - McLain Flats (Cat. 4) 54.9km
1 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 4 pts
2 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2  
4 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 1  
Mountain 3 - Snowmass (Cat. 4) 77.4km
1 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 4 pts
2 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 3  
3 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 2  
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Mountain 4 - McLain Flats (Cat. 4) 87.9km
1 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 4 pts
2 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 3  
3 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 2  
4 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 1  
Most aggressive rider
1 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
Young riders
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:26:00  
2 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
3 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
4 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
5 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:00:05  
6 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
7 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
8 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling    
9 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Cycling Team    
10 Nathan Wilson (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
11 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:00:17  
12 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:44  
13 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling 0:01:07  
14 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:16  
15 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:03:20  
16 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
17 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:04:59  
18 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
19 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk    
20 Julio Alexis Camacho Bernal (Col) Colombia    
21 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
22 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
23 Cheung Fu Shiu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:06:41  
24 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
25 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
Teams
1 RadioShack Leopard 7:18:00  
2 BMC Racing Team 0:00:05  
3 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
4 Garmin-Sharp    
5 Bontrager Cycling Team    
6 Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
7 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:32  
8 Jamis-Hagens Berman 0:00:34  
9 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:49  
10 Sky Procycling 0:01:17  
11 Bissell Pro Cycling 0:04:34  
12 Team Novo Nordisk 0:05:09  
13 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:05:21  
14 Colombia 0:05:41  
15 Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:07:20  
16 Team Argos-Shimano 0:14:57  
General classification after stage 1
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:26:00  
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard    
5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
8 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
10 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
11 Gregory Brenes Obando (CRc) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
12 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
13 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
14 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
15 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
16 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
17 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
18 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:00:05  
19 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
21 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
22 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia    
23 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
24 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
25 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
26 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
27 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
28 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
29 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard    
30 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
31 David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
32 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
33 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
35 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling    
36 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
37 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
38 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
39 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Cycling Team    
40 Nathan Wilson (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
41 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:17  
42 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team    
43 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
44 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
45 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
46 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:32  
47 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:44  
48 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
49 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 0:01:07  
50 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
51 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling    
52 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:16  
53 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team    
54 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
55 Alex Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
56 James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
57 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
58 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:03:20  
59 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
60 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia    
61 Michael Torckler (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:04:29  
62 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:04:59  
63 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
64 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
65 Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia    
66 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
67 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
68 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
69 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
70 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk    
71 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
72 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
73 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
74 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling    
75 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia    
76 Julio Alexis Camacho Bernal (Col) Colombia    
77 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling    
78 Feng Chun Kai (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
79 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
80 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling    
81 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
82 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
83 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
84 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
85 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia    
86 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
87 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
88 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
89 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
90 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
91 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
92 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
93 Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
94 Xu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
95 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
96 Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
97 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
98 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
99 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
100 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
101 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:06:41  
102 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling    
103 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
104 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
105 Cheung Fu Shiu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
106 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
107 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
108 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
109 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk    
110 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
111 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano    
112 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
113 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk    
114 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
115 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling    
116 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
117 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp    
118 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
119 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
120 Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:09:58  
121 Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
122 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk    
123 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
124 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
125 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:12:45  
126 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman 0:14:12  
127 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
Sprint classification
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 15 pts
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 12  
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 10  
4 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 8  
5 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 8  
6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 7  
7 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 6  
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5  
9 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
10 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3  
11 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 2  
12 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 2  
13 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1  
Mountains classification
1 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 16 pts
2 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 8  
3 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 7  
4 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 3  
5 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 2  
6 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 2  
7 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 1  
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Young riders classification
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:26:00  
2 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
3 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
4 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
5 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:00:05  
6 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
7 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
8 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling    
9 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Cycling Team    
10 Nathan Wilson (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
11 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:00:17  
12 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:44  
13 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling 0:01:07  
14 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:16  
15 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:03:20  
16 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
17 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:04:59  
18 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
19 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk    
20 Julio Alexis Camacho Bernal (Col) Colombia    
21 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
22 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
23 Cheung Fu Shiu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:06:41  
24 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
25 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team    
Teams classification
1 RadioShack Leopard 7:18:00  
2 BMC Racing Team 0:00:05  
3 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
4 Garmin-Sharp    
5 Bontrager Cycling Team    
6 Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
7 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:32  
8 Jamis-Hagens Berman 0:00:34  
9 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:49  
10 Sky Procycling 0:01:17  
11 Bissell Pro Cycling 0:04:34  
12 Team Novo Nordisk 0:05:09  
13 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:05:21  
14 Colombia 0:05:41  
15 Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:07:20  
16 Team Argos-Shimano 0:14:57  

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Lukarse More than 1 year ago
can not get enough of the Slovak. Dig his style.
Snitor More than 1 year ago
Were there any news regarding the new Cannondale kit? If so, I missed it.. Very nice ones!
Kiwistam More than 1 year ago
How many second places has Van Avermaet had recently! BMC should put more clout behind him, he seems to be the only consistent rider in there team at the moment.
DianeR More than 1 year ago
Love Matt Cooke -- great to see him in the KOM jersey.
Mark Schwitau More than 1 year ago
In the break ... And still wins the sprint. How do you compete with that ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not news. News would be if Peter Sagan DIDN'T win a North American non-summit finish.
peter16x More than 1 year ago
Well, this is Peter Sagan!
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
A stage race in Aspen and the largest climb is a Cat 4. Too bad the organizers didn't take advantage of some of the more difficult local terrain. Of course, the same can be said for the race as a whole.
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
Understood. Please realise, race organisers are aware where they are in the cycling grand scheme of things. In order to attract the big names like Froome, Porte, Sagan and so on, they have to make the parcours suitable to pro tour teams building up for their next big goal, In Froome's case the worlds. These teams arent looking for a leg breaker tour just now. Still what a beautiful part of of the world, and so many people viewing from across the pond, will further justify the organisers decision.
czeczma More than 1 year ago
The huge swings of form among the 90% of the cycling elite are not normal. They should dope regularly and the sport, as in the old times, would be a lot more exciting.