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August 19/13 21:00 pm - US Pro Challenge: Stage 1 Report and Results

Posted by Editoress on 08/19/13

The 2013 USA Pro Challenge started off with a bang as 128 riders, hailing from 31 countries, rolled out of Aspen to embark on a circuit race that would prove to pack a punch. After three 22-mile laps, with 3,080 ft. of climbing per lap, Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) pulled out the win after an all-out sprint to the finish. Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) took home second in the stage and Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) claimed third.



Peter Sagan wins

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"With the No. 1 and 2-ranked riders in the world racing in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, we knew the competition would be tough, and Sagan really proved that today," said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. "The crowds along the entire route in Aspen and Snowmass were unbelievable. The fans here are just so passionate about the sport. They blew all of my expectations out of the water."

Comprised of three circuits that included a total of two Clif Bar sprint lines and four Nissan King of the Mountains competitions, the stage gave the riders a taste of what lies ahead over the next six days.

After two short, neutral laps through Aspen, the race got off to an exciting start with a seven-man breakaway. But the break would prove to be short lived, as they were caught again within the first three miles of the race.

The non-stop action continued though with an immediate counter-attack from Craig Lewis (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Homes) and Ian Burnett (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) within the first 30 minutes of the race that stuck for most of the stage.

As the cyclists began lap two, the competition started heating up with sprint and King of the Mountains (KOM) points on the line. At the first Clif Bar sprint line, which was at the end of the first circuit in Downtown Aspen, Burnett crossed the line first, followed by Lewis and Cooke. As the race rolled on and the gap continued to grow, the riders approached the first Nissan KOM competition in Snowmass (Cat. 4) where Cooke made it to the top first, followed by Lewis then Burnett. The second Nissan KOM of the day at McLain Flats (Cat. 4), which was 14.5 miles into the second circuit, saw repeat results.

Heading into the final lap of the day, with the break still intact, the second sprint in Aspen saw Lewis cross the line first, followed by Burnett and Cooke. With the pressure building, the peloton started closing the gap with Cannondale Pro Cycling leading the chase through town to the roaring cheers of fans lining the route.

Quickly approaching the third Nissan KOM of the day, again in Snowmass, Cooke pulled away from his breakaway companions to make it to the top first, followed by Burnett, then Lewis. At just under 10 miles from the finish, and RadioShack Leopard Trek setting the pace, the chase was on and the peloton began closing in on the break. One by one the three riders were swallowed back up into the field, but just prior to that, Cooke claimed the last Nissan KOM competition, followed by Lachlan David Morton (Team Garmin-Sharp) and Chris Baldwin (Bissell Pro Cycling).

Just as Cooke was caught, a follow-up attack was made by seven riders, which quickly dwindled to two – George Bennett (RadioShack Leopard Trek) and Carter Jones (Bissell Pro Cycling). With just more than half a mile to go, BMC Racing Team led the chase trying to set up for the sprint finish, but in the end Sagan turned up the gas and crossed the finish line first.

"I’m very happy. I’m thankful for my teammates and the support from the fans," said Sagan. "I felt good today. I came here two weeks ago to adjust to the altitude and I think it really helped me prepare for the race."





In a near sweep of the jerseys Sagan took the Smashburger Leader Jersey, Clif Bar Sprint Jersey and Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey. Cooke was awarded the Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey. The FirstBank Most Courageous Rider Jersey went to Lewis after riding in the break for most of the day.

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Results from the first stage in Colorado

Stage 1: Aspen Circuit Race, 97.6 km
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 Tom 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 Calle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman
15 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
16 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
17 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp all s.t.
18 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:05
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 (Col) Colombia
23 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
24 Christian Vandevelde (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 (Sui) BMC Racing Team
31 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
32 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp
33 Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing Team
34 Davila Luis (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
35 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling
36 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
37 Christoper 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 all s.t.
41 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:17
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 all s.t.
46 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:32
47 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:44
48 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff s.t.
49 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 1:07
50 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
51 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling both s.t.
52 Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) BMC Racing Team 2:16
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 (Col) Colombia all s.t.
58 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 3:20
59 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
60 Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia both s.t.
61 Michael Torckler (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 4:29
62 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 4:59
63 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
64 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard
65 Juan Pablo 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 Duarte (Col) Colombia
76 Julio Camacho (Col) Colombia
77 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
78 Chun Kai Feng (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 Alex 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 Gang Xu (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 all s.t.
101 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 6:41
102 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
103 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
104 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
105 Fu Shiu Cheung (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 all s.t.
120 Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 9:58
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 all s.t.
125 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 12:45
126 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman 14:12
127 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff s.t.