USA Pro Challenge: Reijnen wins stage in Aspen

Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) won the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge Monday in Aspen from a two-man sprint with Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp).

A select lead group of about 26 riders chased down an attack in the last 10km by Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) before Novo Nordisk's Javier Megias launched an attack of his own with 3km to go. But Reijnen, Howes and BMC's Ben Hermans passed the Novo Nordisk rider in the closing kilometers as they powered to the line. Hermans never got on terms with the lead duo but held on for third.

Howes jumped first in the finale, and his good friend and fellow Boulder resident Reijnen was immediately on his wheel.

"This course suits both of us," Reijnen said of himself and Howes. "At that point I was just trying my best not to look back. The good thing about being friends is you both know you're committed, your goals align. You've got a good alliance there, but that only lasted about 3km."

Howes said he played his best shot, but Reijnen had the faster finishing kick in Aspen.

"I figured if I jumped him on the little hill there, with a downhill sprint it would get him," Howes said. "But I don't know, I have no leg speed these days. I was just grinding gears out there."

How it happened

A breakaway of seven riders got away in the opening kilometers of the first of three 31.6km laps that started in Aspen and finished there after looping through Snowmass Village and surrounding communities.

The initial break which UnitedHealthcare's Danny Summerhill initiated, also included Team SmartStop's Josh Berry, Jamis -Hagens Bermans's Ben Jacques-Maynes and Matt Cooke, Jelly Belly-Maxxis riders Jonathan Freter and Luis Lemus, Bissell Development Team's Greg Daniel and Drapac Pro Cycling's Lachlan Norris.

"The game plan obviously was for Kiel," Summerhill said. "And just having someone in the move so we didn't have to worry about chasing was all we were focused on."

Berry quickly popped out of the group and then sought medical attention as he dropped to the rear of the field as well. The escapees powered on without him, building a gap of 1:40 before a Cannondale-led chase started cutting into the lead on the first lap. The gap was down to about one minute as the breakaway started the second lap, but the leaders opened it back up to 1:40 on the second lap.

UnitedHealthcare threw several riders into the chase, and the gap was back down to just below a minute as the break started the final lap. From there the gap came down regularly until the bunch had the lead riders in sight.

"Chris Jones took the front there on the final KOM on the final lap," Reijnen said. "I asked him to keep the pace high because t was strung out and I knew the sprinters wouldn't make it back of we did. He did a phenomenal job of that, and all the other boys all day long were keeping me in position."

Jacques-Maynes jumped away from the breakaway in a last gap effort, while all but Lemus, Norris, Cooke and Daniels faded back into the fold. Jacques-Maynes had a small gap on the chasing four riders with 20km remaining, and the field was nipping at their heels.

As the group was about to reel in the Jamis rider, Voigt jumped away, bridged to Jacques-Maynes near the final KOM of the day and then kept going. "I was itching to go already at the beginning," Voigt said. "But the team said, 'No, no, no. It's still a bike race here. It's not the Jens Voigt show. It's a bike race, and so I followed the orders. I followed the tactical plan and only attacked in the last lap."

The German strongman dangled off the front as a new select lead group of about 26 riders started to form at the head of the peloton. Reijnen said Jones was the riders doing most of the damage in the field.

"Once Chris [Jones] swung off I had Lucas with me and that split kind of happened," Reijnen said. "I looked back and there were maybe 20-25 guys in that group. At that point I knew I was the fastest guy there. It was just a matter of keeping the momentum."

Garmin-Sharp and BMC picked up the chase and eventually pulled Voigt back, setting up what appeared to be a likely bunch sprint, but the constant attacks on the roads back into Aspen spoiled the sprinters' day.


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Stage 1 result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling2:26:35
2Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-SharpRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:03
4Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo NordiskRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
8Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 7 - Cell 2
9Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 12 - Cell 2
14Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-SharpRow 15 - Cell 2
17Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStopRow 16 - Cell 2
18Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 18 - Cell 2
20Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStopRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:00:15
23Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory RacingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 23 - Cell 2
25Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Garmin-Sharp0:00:20
26Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura0:00:54
27James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 27 - Cell 2
29Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Phillip Gaimon (USA) Team Garmin-SharpRow 31 - Cell 2
33Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 33 - Cell 2
35Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:59
40Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStopRow 39 - Cell 2
41Cameron Wurf (Aus) CannondaleRow 40 - Cell 2
42Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:33
43Benjamin King (USA) Team Garmin-SharpRow 42 - Cell 2
44Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ivan Basso (Ita) CannondaleRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:39
47Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Netapp-Endura0:01:57
49Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-SharpRow 48 - Cell 2
50Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 53 - Cell 2
55Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 58 - Cell 2
60Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Garmin-SharpRow 59 - Cell 2
61Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 60 - Cell 2
62Gavin Mannion (USA) Team Garmin-SharpRow 61 - Cell 2
63Elia Viviani (Ita) CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Matej Mohoric (Slo) CannondaleRow 63 - Cell 2
65Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 69 - Cell 2
71Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:10
72David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:16
73Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:03:23
74Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 73 - Cell 2
75Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 74 - Cell 2
76Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStopRow 75 - Cell 2
77Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale0:03:34
78Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ian Crane (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 80 - Cell 2
82Keegan Swirbul (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 82 - Cell 2
84Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 87 - Cell 2
89Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 88 - Cell 2
90Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 89 - Cell 2
91Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team0:05:15
92Alan Marangoni (Ita) CannondaleRow 91 - Cell 2
93Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 92 - Cell 2
94Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 93 - Cell 2
95Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 94 - Cell 2
96Daniel Whitehouse (NZl) Rapha Condor JLTRow 95 - Cell 2
97Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 96 - Cell 2
98Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 97 - Cell 2
99Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 100 - Cell 2
102Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 101 - Cell 2
103Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStopRow 102 - Cell 2
104Edward King (USA) CannondaleRow 103 - Cell 2
105Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear DevelopmentRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
107Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 106 - Cell 2
108Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 107 - Cell 2
109Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 108 - Cell 2
110Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk0:08:46
111Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 110 - Cell 2
112Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Michel Koch (Ger) CannondaleRow 112 - Cell 2
114Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter HomeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 114 - Cell 2
116Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop0:11:52
118Mike Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 118 - Cell 2
120Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 119 - Cell 2
121Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo NordiskRow 120 - Cell 2
122Edward Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Joshua Berry (USA) Team SmartStop0:12:11
124Tom Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 123 - Cell 2
125Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStopRow 124 - Cell 2
126Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo NordiskRow 125 - Cell 2
OTLGraham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor JLTRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFFred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 127 - Cell 2
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Points - One
Rider Name (Country) Team
Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
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Rider Name (Country) Team
Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
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Rider Name (Country) Team
Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
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