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August 20/13 21:41 pm - US Pro Challenge: Stage 2 Report and Results


Posted by Editoress on 08/20/13
 

Mathias Fränk of BMC Racing Team Claims Stage 2 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge After Rigorous Day in the Mountains

Lachlan David Morton of Colorado-Based Team Garmin-Sharp Takes the Overall Lead Heading into Third Day of Racing

Stage 2 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race took riders to extraordinary heights on the route from Aspen to Breckenridge. At 126.1 miles, the stage, which was punctuated by three Nissan King of the Mountains (KOM) competitions and two Clif Bar sprint lines, tested the riders’ strength and endurance in the mountains of Colorado. An impressive turnout of fans welcomed and cheered on the cyclists as they hit the streets of Breckenridge, where Mathias Fränk (BMC Racing Team) ultimately took home the win.

 

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Mathias Fränk wins

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“The level of racing that we saw during today’s stage of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge shows that these guys are here to win,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The crowds lining the route from Aspen to Breckenridge were amazing, and the enthusiasm and support up on the mountain passes is truly a sight to see.”

Following two neutral laps around the City of Aspen under bright blue skies, the riders were off for Stage 2 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, which would provide a harsh introduction to the mountainous terrain of Colorado with three big Nissan King of the Mountains (KOM) competitions. After a series of unsuccessful initial attacks, Michael Schär (BMC Racing Team) finally launched one that stuck. He was soon joined by Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home) and Luis Lemus (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda).

The gap continued to grow as the riders climbed the familiar battleground of Independence Pass, which at 12,000 ft. is the highest point reached in any professional cycling race. The well-known, epic climb drew fans from all around the world to cheer on the riders as they suffered to the top. With enthusiastic costumed fans running alongside, Schär crested the pass first, followed by Cooke and Lemus.

Leading into the approach to the Feed Zone, hitting speeds of more than 35 mph, David Millar (Team Garmin-Sharp) and Kanstantin Siutsou (Sky Procycling) pulled away from the peloton to start the chase and eventually reached the three out front to form a break of five riders. As they zoomed through Buena Vista and crossed the first Clif Bar sprint line of the day, Lemus hit the line first, then Schär and Millar.

 

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Jens Voight and David Millar

 

A little more than three hours into the race, as the course prepared to turn back uphill, the peloton hit the gas and with RadioShack Nissan Trek and Cannondale Pro Cycling leading the way, they began to close the gap, eventually swallowing up the break. Soon after though a new break was formed with 13 riders pulling away, including:

  • Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Garmin-Sharp
  • Lachlan David Morton (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
  • Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling
  • Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard Trek
  • Mathias Fränk (Sui) BMC Racing Team
  • Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team
  • Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
  • Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
  • Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
  • Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • Phil Gaimon (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
  • Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
  • Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
  • Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies

“We just had to have representation in the breakaway because it’s always better to be in front than to be chasing,” said Morton. “We put two in it, which took the pressure off the other guys.”

As the break approached the second and final sprint of the day in Fairplay, Van Avermaet attacked and crossed the line first, followed by Schleck and Beyer. With two more climbs and 26 miles to go to the finish in Breckenridge, it was still anybody’s stage.

On the climb up to the next Nissan KOM competition of the day at Hoosier Pass, riders began to drop off the break.  Morton however saw an opportunity and started pulling away to take the maximum KOM points, followed by Fränk and Craddock. Taking the descent at speeds around 50 mph, the three riders grouped together with a few members of the original break following behind and the peloton still on the chase.

Reaching the final Nissan KOM of the day at Boreas Pass, Fränk rode through the sea of fans to crest the summit first, followed by Morton and Craddock. Now, with only 2.5 miles to go, the pressure was really on. Knowing it was now or never, Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale Pro Cycling, Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team, Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Sharp) and Darwin Atapuma (COLOMBIA) made a move out of the peloton to catch the break. And in a sprint through Breckenridge, Fränk took the stage win, followed close behind by Morton and Sagan.

“I really had one shot, and today I knew that I could make it there on the short, steep climb,” said Fränk. “I definitely had the plan to go for the stage win today. The altitude here really got to me. I really had to go super deep there at the finish. Now I have a stage win here and I’m really happy with that.”

In the race for the jerseys, Morton claimed the Smashburger Leader Jersey and the Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey. Sagan held onto the Clif Bar Sprint Jersey, as did Cooke to the Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey. The FirstBank Most Courageous Rider Jersey went to Fränk for his impressive racing.

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Results from the second stage in Colorado

Stage 2: Aspen to Breckenridge, 202.9 km
1 Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing Team 5:05:19
2 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:03
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:14
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team s.t.
5 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:21
6 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:32
7 Darwin Atapuma (Col) Colombia 0:33
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:44
9 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
10 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard
11 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
12 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
13 Gregory Brenes Obando (CRc) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
14 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
15 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman
16 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
17 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
18 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
19 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
20 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
21 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud (Col) Colombia
22 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team
23 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
24 Christoper Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:55
25 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:02
26 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
27 Nathan Wilson (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
28 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
29 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling
30 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard all s.t.
31 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Cycling Team 1:20
32 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard s.t.
33 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:22
34 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
35 Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) Colombia
36 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
37 Alex Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda all s.t.
38 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:32
39 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
40 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
41 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
42 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
43 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
44 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
45 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling 1:39
46 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:19
47 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 2:40
48 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
49 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling both s.t.
50 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2:45
51 Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia 3:10
52 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3:36
53 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling s.t.
54 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 6:02
55 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
56 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
57 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
58 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
59 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff all s.t.
60 James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 10:03
61 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team
62 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
63 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman
64 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
65 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman
66 Julio Camacho (Col) Colombia
67 Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia all s.t.
68 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 11:12
69 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
70 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
71 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
72 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
73 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
74 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard
75 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling
76 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
77 Alex Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
78 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
79 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp
80 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
81 Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
82 Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
83 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
84 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 14:53
85 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
86 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
87 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
88 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling
89 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
90 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
91 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman
92 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
93 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
94 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
95 Michael Torckler (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
96 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
97 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
98 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
99 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
100 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling all s.t.
101 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 15:05
102 Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) BMC Racing Team 19:16
103 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman
104 Kevin de Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
105 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
106 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
107 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
108 Davila Luis (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
109 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
110 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard
111 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
112 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
113 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
114 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
115 Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
116 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia
117 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
118 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
119 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
120 Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
121 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team all s.t.
DNF Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Fu Shiu Cheung (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
DNF Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Juan JoseHaedo (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman
DNF Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
 
GC
1 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 7:31:22
2 Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing Team at 0:02
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:11
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team s.t.
5 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:18
6 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:29
7 Darwin Atapuma (Col) Colombia 0:35
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:41
9 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
10 Gregory Brenes Obando (CRc) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
11 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
12 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
13 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
14 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
15 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman all s.t.
16 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:46
17 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
18 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
19 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
20 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
21 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
22 Christoper Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:57
23 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:59
24 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
25 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard both s.t.
26 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 1:04
27 Nathan Wilson (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team s.t.
28 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 1:22
29 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Cycling Team s.t.
30 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:24
31 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
32 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp both s.t.
33 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 1:29
34 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:34
35 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:46
36 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2:13
37 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling 2:43
38 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2:47
39 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud (Col) Colombia 2:57
40 Alex Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 3:35
41 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 3:45
42 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 4:40
43 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 5:58
44 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 6:04
45 Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) Colombia 6:18
46 Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia 6:27
47 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 6:28
48 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
49 Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 6:43
50 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 7:15
51 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 7:22
52 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 7:36
53 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
54 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling b oth s.t.
55 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 8:32
56 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team 10:17
57 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman s.t.
58 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 10:58
59 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
60 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda both s.t.
61 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp 11:14
62 James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 12:16
63 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard s.t.
64 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 12:40
65 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 14:55
66 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 14:59
67 Julio Camacho (Col) Colombia
68 Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia both s.t.
69 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman 15:07
70 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 15:34
71 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 15:57
72 Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 16:08
73 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard
74 Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
75 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
76 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
77 Alex Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
78 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
79 Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
80 Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
81 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
82 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16:41
83 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 17:50
84 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
85 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling
86 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
87 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano all s.t.
88 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 19:18
89 Davila Luis (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda s.t.
90 Michael Torckler (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 19:19
91 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard 19:30
92 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 19:49
93 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
94 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
95 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
96 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
97 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
98 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff all s.t.
99 Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) BMC Racing Team 21:29
100 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 21:31
101 Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
102 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
103 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
104 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff all s.t.
105 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 22:33
106 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team s.t.
107 Kevin de Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk 24:12
108 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman
109 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
110 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
111 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia
112 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling all s.t.
113 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 25:54
114 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
115 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
116 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano all s.t.
117 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 29:02
118 Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 29:11
119 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
120 Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano both s.t.
121 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 29:21

 

 


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