Video-Sagan Wins 7th Stage, Van Garderen wins USA Pro Challenge

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Peter Sagan

As the smoke cleared after the Denver Circuit Race, the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge bore an uncanny resemblance to this years Amgen Tour of California. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) achieved the impressive feat of winning the majority of the stages at the Pro Challenge, and laying an indisputable claim to the points classification.  Outgunning every other fastman in the field, the young prodigy shrugged across the finish line as if to say, “What?  Who is going to beat me?”  Tejay van Garderen (BMC) completed an impressive double, adding victory in the general classification at the Pro Challenge to his Tour of California win from earlier in the year. His gap of 1:30 on his teammate Mathias Frank was more than comfortable for the young superstar. Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp) finished the race with the best young rider’s classification, 1:08 ahead of Lawson Craddock, another young rider to watch in the not-too-distant future.  Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman) finished comfortably ahead of Mathias Frank in the KOM contest.

USA Pro Challenge Stage 7 Brief Results:

1, Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
2, Ryan Anderson (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)
3, Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare)
4, Luca Mezgec (Argos-Shimano)
5, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing)

USA Pro Challenge Final General Classification:

1, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)
2, Mathias Frank (BMC Racing)
3, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp)

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 7 BYR

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 7 GC

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 7 KOM

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 7 Sprint

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 7 Team

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 7

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Tejay van Garderen scorches Vail Time Trial

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Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) extended his lead in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge after smashing the 10-mile, stage 5 time trial in Vail in 25 minutes, 1 second.  The leaderboard shows Van Garderen with a 1:30 lead over second place, his teammate Mathias Frank, and a 1:42 advantage on Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp).

The second most impressive ride of the day came from young Andrew Talanksy (Garmin), who finished the TT only 4 seconds behind Van Garderen.   Disappointing performances from Chris Froome (+3:07) and Michael Rogers (+2:01) proved that, of the elite time trialists in the field, only Van Garderen had the legs to win the day.

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 5 BYR

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 5 GC

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 5 KOM

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 5 Sprint

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 5

1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:25:01

2 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:04

3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:02

4 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:01:04

5 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:12

6 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:01:16

7 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling

8 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:17

9 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:24

10 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team

Sagan racks up second USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage win

Sagan racks up second USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage win

Sagan racks up second USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage win

Stage three featured commanding performances from both of America’s favorite international cycling superstars. Sprinting out of the pack, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) claimed his second stage win at the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, but it was German Jens Voigt (Radioshack) who captured audiences attention with a late-race attack in his signature style.  One of the few cyclists to capture American audiences’ attentions, Voigt stayed away until inside the second-to-last mile of the race before being caught up by the charging pack.

Lachlan Morton (Garmin Sharp) gets to wear the yellow jersey for another day, having finished with the pack.  He will carry an 11-second lead into stage four.


Stage 3 Results

·         First –  Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling

·         Second – Luka Mezgec (SLO) of Team Argos-Shimano

·         Third – Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies


GC Standings

·         First – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp

·         Second – Mathias Frank (SUI) of BMC Racing Team

·         Third – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling


Jersey Winners

·         Smashburger Leader Jersey – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp

·         Clif Bar Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling

·         Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey – Matt Cooke (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home

·         FirstBank Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Jen Voigt (GER) of RadioShack Leopard Trek

·         Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp


USA Pro Challenge 2013 – Stage 3 – FINAL KILOMETERS

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2013 Pro Challenge Stage 3 BYR

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 3 GC

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 3 KOM

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 3 Sprint

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 3


Peter Sagan delivers in Stage One in the USA Pro Challenge.

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2013 Tour de France Green Jersey Winner Peter Sagan Sprints Through Aspen to Win Stage 1 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge

Enthusiastic Crowds Come Out in Droves for Third Annual Professional Cycling Race


Aspen, CO (Aug. 19, 2013) – 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 (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling pulled out the win after an all-out sprint to the finish. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) of BMC Racing Team took home second in the stage and Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team claimed third.


“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 (USA) of Champion System Pro Cycling Team, Matt Cooke (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter and Ian Burnett (USA) of 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 (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp and Chris Baldwin (USA) of Bissell Pro Cycling.


Just as Cooke was caught, a follow-up attack was made by seven riders, which quickly dwindled to two – George Bennett (NZL) of RadioShack Leopard Trek and Carter Jones (USA) of 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.



Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge (202.9 km/126.1 mi)

Start Time: 10:10 a.m. MT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:50 p.m. MT

Satellite Feed Time: 4:30-4:45 p.m. MT


Results After Stage One:

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 1 BYR

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 1 GC

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 1 KOM

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 1 Sprint

2013 Pro Challenge Stage 1




1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling

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

The question is not whether Chris Froome will win the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. It’s, by how great a margin?


Chris Froome

The question is not whether Chris Froome will win the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  It’s, by how great a margin?  Team Sky’s South African wunderkind has triumphed in some of the world’s hardest stage races (Criterium Dauphine, Tour de France, etc.), so there’s little doubt that he should be able to make a serious bid for victory in Colorado, especially with Richie Porte to help him out.  Expect to see Froome looking at stems while off the front of the race, climbing his way to victory in American mountains.


The only problem for Froome will be with the nature of American stage racing.  In order to assure exciting sprint finishes, and to keep riders safe from time cuts, American race promoters tend to structure courses that come back together for a bunch kick.  Having the time trial on stage four in Vail virtually assures the Froome, whose time trialing is only equaled or excelled by riders of world champion caliber, should be able to establish and defend a lead over the course of a single week.


Nevertheless, USAPRO has other riders in it!  Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) has ridden his way onto numerous leaderboards this year. Despite not being his team’s leader, the young rider has promise as a stage racer. Tejay can Garderen (BMC) won the Tour of California, and, despite a lackluster TDF performance in 2013, trailed Froome by mere minutes in the 2012 Tour.


Of course, all eyes will be on Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Jens Voigt (Radioshack).  Arguably the international riders with the greatest popularity in America, cycling fans will want to see Voigt in the late-race solo breakaway and Sagan crushing the field sprints.


The action starts Monday at 1:05 PM with the Aspen Circuit Race.  KOM points are up for grabs every lap, and it’s likely that a domestic pro will earn the right to wear that jersey after a day in the break du jour.


Sixteen World-Class Professional Cycling Teams Confirmed to Participate in 2013 USA Pro Challenge


Sixteen World-Class Professional Cycling

Sixteen World-Class Professional Cycling

Current No. 1-Ranked Sky Procycling Returns to United States

to Compete in America’s Toughest Cycling Race


Denver (June 11, 2013) – Taking place August 19-25, 2013, the 2013 USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams, including UCI No. 1-ranked Sky Procycling, which includes 2012 Tour de France overall winner Bradley Wiggins and second place finisher Chris Froome. Comprised of UCI Pro, Pro Continental and Continental teams, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport. Taking riders on a heart-pounding journey through the Colorado Rockies, the eight-day stage race will travel nearly 600 miles from Aspen to Denver.


“After featuring an impressive lineup of teams and riders for the first two editions of the USA Pro Challenge, the 2013 race will host the most competitive field yet,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “Interest from teams continues to grow year after year, making the selection of these 16 even more difficult, but we looked at the stats and listened to the fans, and have put together a field that is going to keep things interesting down to the last minute of racing in Denver.”


Featuring teams hailing from eight countries, including the top-three ranked teams from the 2012 Tour de France, the USA Pro Challenge will test riders by taking them to unprecedented elevations.


“We’re really looking forward to the USA Pro Challenge,” said Carsten Jeppesen, head of technical operations for Sky Procycling. “It’s a great race that has everything.  With climbing, sprints and a time trial, as well as good crowds, it’s a mini-Tour – the kind of race we really like. We’ll certainly bring a strong team and there are some strong young American riders in Joe (Dombrowski) and Ian (Boswell) who would love to be there in front of their home crowd. It’s only our second race in the U.S. and we aim to put on a good show.”


Following is the complete list of teams that will be competing in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge:


UCI ProTeams


UCI Professional Continental Teams


UCI Continental Teams


**Full team rosters will be announced closer to the race.


In 2012, with a lead change nearly every day, one of the closest professional races in U.S. history came down to the final moments of the Individual Time Trial in Denver. This year’s race promises to be just as exciting with the top-three teams from last year returning, including overall team winner RadioShack Leopard Trek. Additionally the teams of each of last year’s jersey winners are confirmed to compete again – overall winner Christian Vande Velde and Waste Management Sprint Jersey winner Tyler Farrar’s team Garmin-Sharp; Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey winner Jens Voigt’s team RadioShack Leopard Trek; and Aquadraat Best Young Rider Jersey winner Joe Dombrowski’s 2012 team Bontrager (now on Sky Procycling).


The Pro Challenge is welcoming three teams for their first appearance in the race, including Sky Procycling, COLOMBIA and Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home. Additionally seven veteran teams will be returning for a third time in 2013 – BMC Racing Team, Team Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale Pro Cycling, RadioShack Leopard Trek, Team Novo Nordisk (formerly Team Type 1), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and Bissell Pro Cycling.


“We always look forward to racing in the USA Pro Challenge every year,” said Jim Ochowicz, team president/general manager of BMC Racing. “It tests our team’s resources in the mountains of Colorado, which are famous in the world of cycling for their difficult ascents and descents. It comes at a great time in the season when most racers are in peak condition and eager to test their legs. The BMC Racing Team is ready to challenge for the overall race lead each and every day.”


More information on each team can be found on the USA Pro Challenge website at


About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25, 2013 and travel through eight host cities from Aspen to Denver. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. After attracting more than 1 million spectators in 2012, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2013. Featuring a challenging, 599-mile course, the third annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.



Rory Sutherland( UnitedHealthcare)attacks on Flagstaff Mountain to win the stage!

After being in the breakaway for most of stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge, Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) broke clear on the Flagstaff climb to take a long deserved stage victory.


Sutherland admitted that the USA Pro Challenge hadn’t been the most successful for his team and he’d had a sleepless night before today’s stage. Apparently that didn’t effect his ability to ride. With 30,000 people lining the narrow, windy road, Boulder resident Sutherland was motivated. He crossed the line with the biggest smile.


“I couldn’t have asked for anything better than this,” said Sutherland.


Crossing the line in forth place and more importantly 21 seconds faster than race leader Tejay van Garderen, was Levi Leipheimer snatching the yellow leader’s jersey.


“No one could have planned this week,” said Leipheimer.


After a week of laying low the California resident attacked when it mattered most.


Leipheimer explained the last kilometers of the stage.

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Tyler Farrar recaps his win on #USAPro stage 5- Watch this:

“I was in a good spot and counting the guys in front of me and realized I was going to come up 100 meters short, which it did, and it swarmed,” explained Farrar.

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Carter Jones (Bissell) “Putting in work” at the USA Pro Challenge. Listen Here!



DOB: February 27, 1989

Nationality: American

Residence: Boulder, CO

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 148

Specialty: time trials

Favorite Race: USPRO

Hobbies: Traveling, Reading/Learning, NY Giants and NY Yankees

Previous Teams:

2011 – Trek Livestrong

2010 – Jelly Belly

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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda) electrifies Colorado Springs

Stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge was expected to end in a field sprint and it didn’t disappoint. Coming off the wheels of his Garmin-Sharp teammates Tyler Farrar out sprinted the peloton to take his second stage victory in the streets of downtown Colorado Springs.


The USA Pro Cycling Challenge so far has been an exciting stage race. We’ve had multiple leadership changes from Farrar, Vande Velde, and now van Garderen, along with great rides by Tom Danielson and Jens Voigt. However, the breaking news after stage 4 wasn’t just the German’s amazing ride – Lance Armstrong issued a press release stating he was not going to fight USADA’s charges against him. The result was Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban. [Read more…]