Roman Kreuziger scored his first win since the 2013 Amstel Gold Race when he took the stage 6 victory Saturday at the USA Pro Challenge. The result was a symbolic return to form for the rider who for a year fought a biological passport anti-doping case brought against him by WADA and the UCI.
Kreuziger outsprinted his five breakaway companions in downtown Fort Collins after a disappointing week for his Tinkoff-Saxo squad.
"Before we came here we had a plan, but it can be difficult after doing the Ardennes Classics, the Giro and the Tour to still perform well," he said in the post-race press conference. "We set the GC after two stages, and during stage 2 Rohan [Dennis] set a really hard tempo and I understood it was not the time to do the GC, and so it was the moment to focus on the stages."
News of the Kreuziger anti-doping case first broke in June of last year when Tinkoff-Saxo withheld him from their Tour de France line-up after fluctuations were flagged in his biological passport between March 2011 and August 2011, and from April 2012 through the end of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, when he raced for Astana.