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August 20/12 22:08 pm - USA Pro Challenge: Stage 1 report and photos

Posted by Editoress on 08/20/12

Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Wins Stage 1 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge

The 2012 USA Pro Challenge got off to an exciting start, as the riders traveled the 125.7-mile route from Durango to Telluride where Tyler Farrar (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda ultimately took home the stage win after a battle to the finish. In a difficult first stage complete with two Waste Management sprints and three Nissan King of the Mountains competitions, the day ended with an all-out sprint to the finish, which saw Alessandro Bazzana (ITA) of Team Type 1-SANOFI take second and Damiano Caruso (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale claim third.



Tyler Farrar wins


“We knew we had the top riders in the world racing in the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, but today, with the competitive level of racing we saw right out the gate, they showed they’re here to win,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “We saw impressive crowds cheering on the riders at the start line in Durango all the way to the packed streets of Telluride this afternoon. We have an exciting race ahead of us.”

Comprised of 16 teams and 124 riders, which include reigning champion Levi Leipheimer and 2011 Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans, the field for the 2012 race started the day with a bang. After heading out of downtown, the riders approached the first Waste Management sprint in Durango, which was taken by Nathan Haas (AUS) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, Javier Eduardo Gomez Pineda (COL) of EPM-UNE and Martin Velits (SVK) of Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

And with the sprint came the first breakaway of the day consisting of a decent size group of 22 that included Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda riders Tom Danielson (USA), Peter Stetina (USA) and Dave Zabriskie, as well as Jens Voigt (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek and Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale, among others. Followed by a chase group and the peloton, they approached the first Nissan KOM of the day, Hesperus, a Cat. 3 climb that took the riders up to 8,224 ft. First to the top was Andrew Bajadali (USA) of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit, followed by Freddy Orlando Piamonte Rodriguez (COL) of EPM-UNE and Matt Cooke (USA) of Team Exergy.

With a break that reached up to more than five minutes, the riders headed toward the second and final Waste Management sprint line in the town of Dolores. Motivated by the cheers of fans lining the sprint, Serghei Tvetcov (MOL) of Team Exergy took the max points, followed by Josh Atkins (NZL) of Bontrager Livestrong Team and Voigt.

After an attempted attack by Nibali and Danielson, a group of 10 riders formed off the front heading into the next KOM of the day – Lizard Head Pass (10,222 ft.) – as the chase group was swallowed back up into the peloton. Danielson pulled away to take the KOM, with Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (COL) of EPM-UNE and Nibali following close behind. With only six miles until the next and final KOM at Alta, Danielson and Stetina pulled away to take a 35-second gap over the rest of the break heading over the pass. Results for the KOM were Danielson, Stetina and Beltran.

With less than 10 miles to the finish, the riders stepped up the pace heading into Telluride. The gap was closed, followed by a short-lived attack by the Kings of the race –Edward King (USA) of Liquigas-Cannondale and Benjamin King (USA) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, and the field was brought together again for an all-out sprint to the finish in front of huge crowds of cheering fans. And in his first victory in more than a year, sprinter Farrar pulled out the win.

“This is the first time I’ve done a U.S. stage race since 2009,” added Farrar. “It’s special as an American to race in your own country and have fans that are rooting just for you, for our team. Racing in Colorado is important, and a big bonus for us.”





Photos by Oran Kelly.  Want to see more?  go HERE


In a near sweep of the jerseys for Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, Farrar took the Exergy Leader Jersey and the Waste Management Sprint Jersey; Danielson took the Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey; and Stetina claimed Evolve Most Aggressive Rider Jersey. Gavin Mannion (USA) of Bontrager Livestrong Team was awarded the Aquadraat Best Young Rider Jersey.

Stage 1: Durango to Telluride, 202.2 km
1 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 4:42:48
2 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
3 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
4 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
6 Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
7 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
8 Alex Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
9 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
10 Jorge Camilo Castiblanco Cubides (Col) UNE-EPM
11 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
12 Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing Team
13 Francisco Colorado (Col) UNE-EPM
14 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
15 Rafael Infantino Abreu (Col) UNE-EPM
16 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
17 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
18 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
19 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin - Sharp
20 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
21 Ramiro Rincon Diaz (Col) UNE-EPM
22 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
23 Andres Miguel Diaz (Col) Team Exergy
24 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) RusVelo
25 Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) UNE-EPM
26 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan
27 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
28 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech powered by C10
29 Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) UNE-EPM
30 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo
31 Javier Eduardo Gomez Pineda (Col) UNE-EPM
32 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
33 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
34 Ivan Rovny (Rus) RusVelo
35 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo
36 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp
37 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
38 Oliver Zaugg (Sui) RadioShack-Nissan
39 Johann Tschopp (Sui) BMC Racing Team
40 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
41 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
42 Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
43 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Cycling
44 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Sharp
45 Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
46 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team
47 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp
48 Carlos Fernando Piamonte Rodriguez (Col) UNE-EPM
49 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team
50 Michael Creed (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
51 Julian Kyer (USA) Bissell Cycling
52 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
53 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
54 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
55 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
56 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
57 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Cycling all s.t.
58 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:32
59 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:39
60 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:01
61 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
62 Marsh Cooper (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:06
63 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:46
64 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2:25
65 Matt Cooke (USA) Team Exergy 6:48
66 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 12:43
67 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
68 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
69 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Team Exergy
70 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
71 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
72 Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech powered by C10
73 Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo
74 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
75 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
76 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
77 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling
78 Jeroen Hoorne (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
79 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
80 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
81 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
82 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
83 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
84 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
85 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
86 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Type 1 - Sanofi all s.t.
87 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 15:22
88 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Sharp
89 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
90 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Team Exergy
91 Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
92 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
93 Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
94 James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team
95 Sam Johnson (USA) Team Exergy
96 William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
97 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Bissell Cycling
98 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
99 Noè Gianetti (Sui) Team Exergy
100 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
101 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
102 Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo
103 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Cycling
104 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin - Sharp
105 Joshua Atkins (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team
106 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Cycling
107 Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
108 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
109 Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
110 Brian Vandborg Bach (Den) Spidertech powered by C10
111 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team
112 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) RusVelo
113 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
114 Joseph Schmalz (USA) Bissell Cycling
115 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin - Sharp
116 Sebastian Salas (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
117 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team 23:57
DNF Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
DNF Matvey Zubov (Rus) RusVelo
DNF David Boily (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Flavio De Luna (Mex) Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Zach Bell (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Charlie Avis (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
DNF Kirk Carlsen (USA) Team Exergy


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