Taylor Phinney (USA)
BMC Racing Team

Cyclist Christian Vande Velde won the USA Pro Challenge on Sunday. Vande Velde rides for the Boulder-based team Garmin-Sharp, and snagged the yellow jersey after finishing the individual time trial. It was a surprising end to an unpredictable week. Elise Thatcher followed the race from start to finish and filed this report. 

Boulder, Colo. (Aug. 25, 2012) – In a battle to the finish, Stage 6 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge came to a close when Rory Sutherland (AUS) of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team crossed the line at the top of Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder first, followed by Fabio Aru (ITA) of Astana Pro Team and Jens Voigt (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek.

Stage 5 Results USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Aug 24, 2012

Stage 5 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge rolled out of Breckenridge this morning and took the riders on a long 117.9 miles route to last year’s overall start city – Colorado Springs. Please see below results.

Tomorrow, Stage 6 will start in returning host city Golden at 11:10 a.m. and end on Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder.

Stage 5

·        First Place – Tyler Farrar (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda

·        Second Place – Taylor Phinney (USA) of BMC Racing Team

Jens Voigt (GER)

Beaver Creek, Colo.(Aug. 23, 2012) – In an impressive solo breakaway that began less than an hour into Stage 4 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, Jens Voigt (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek powered through the 97.2-mile course to take home the win in front of massive crowds lining the uphill finish in Beaver Creek. More than five minutes later, the peloton crossed the finish line with Andreas Kloden (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek and Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team taking second and third, respectively.

KSUT's Coverage of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Aug 24, 2012
Elise Thatcher

It’s been an dramatic week of bike racing in Colorado. Pro cyclists have battled it out at high speed in the state’s thin mountain air. Today, more than one hundred and thirty racers will start in Breckenridge—then they’ll leave Colorado’s high country for Colorado Springs. On Thursday, German-born Jens Voigt took command of Independence Pass early on and dominated the stage.  KSUT reporter Elise Thatcher accidentally saw some of that action first hand. She filed this report 

Beaver Creek, CO - 40 year old Jens Voigt left everyone behind on the very first climb of the day and then rode solo for the entire 97 miles to win stage 4 of the Pro Cycling Challenge.  The big German, riding for Radio Shack, suffered through three major climbs, several monsoon storms and temperatures in the low fifties before finally reaching the finish line in Beaver Creek, more than 5 minutes ahead of the main field. 

Notable Quotes from Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge

Aug 23, 2012

Tom Danielson (USA)
On the last 2k:
“At 2K I didn’t think I was going to win. What was going through my mind? I heard my wife’s voice saying ‘don’t look back!’ All I wanted to do was look back, and I didn’t. So I guess those are words to for young riders to live by – when you want to win, don’t look back.”
On the team plan:

KSUT's Coverage of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Aug 23, 2012

Today [Thursday] is the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge. More than a hundred racers will take on Independence Pass for a second time. That’s on their way from Aspen to Beaver Creek. Durango favorite Tommy Danielson won Wednesday’s stage with an impressive ride up and then down Independence Pass. The day saw a new overall leader, too—but to make sure, race officials had to consult their handbooks. Reporter Elise Thatcher has the story. 

Aspen, CO - Durango’s Tommy Danielson dominated stage 3 of the Pro Cycling Challenge today, reaching the finish line in Aspen 2 seconds ahead of a charging peloton.  The race began in Gunnison, and like the previous two stages, a break-away formed early, gapping the peloton by several minutes.  Danielson was not part of the original 18 man break-away, but he raced away from the peloton on the dirt roads leading up to Cottonwood Pass to catch the lead group.  At the top of Cottonwood Pass, the racers were welcomed by huge crowds, light rain and temperatures in the fifties.  By the time the r

KSUT's Coverage of Stage 2 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Aug 22, 2012

Today, racers in the USA Pro Challenge tackle the grueling road bike ride from Gunnison to Aspen. That’s after a day racing from Montrose to Mount Crested Butte, the ski resort near the of town of Crested Butte. That stage marked what could be the beginning of another team taking charge of the race. Reporter Elise Thatcher was there, and filed this report.

Tejay van Garderen (USA)

BMC Racing Team

On today’s stage:

Crested Butte, Colo.(Aug. 21, 2012) – Stage 2 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge featured a challenging ride under blue skies and saw an unexpected finish, with Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team pulling through to take the stage win and the overall lead. Following close behind were Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda in second and Ivan Rovny (RUS) of RusVelo in third. After today’s performance, van Garderen takes the overall lead to claim the Exergy Leader Jersey.

KSUT coverage of Stage 1 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Aug 21, 2012
Elise Thatcher

The much-anticipated USA Pro Challenge started with a bang on Monday. The stage was expected to be something of a warm-up for the high altitude cycling race, which continues through Sunday. But that all changed when a Boulder-based team, Garmin Sharp Barracuda decided to take charge.  

Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Montrose to Crested Butte (159.3 km/99 mi)

Start Time: 11:25 a.m. MT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:20-4:30 p.m. MT

Satellite Feed Time: 5 – 5:15 p.m. MT

Telluride, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2012) –The 2012 USA Pro Challengegot 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.

Monday's Highway Impacts - USA Pro Challenge

Aug 17, 2012

DOLORES, LA PLATA, MONTEZUMA, AND SAN MIGUEL COUNTIES — Stage One of the USA Pro Challenge takes place Monday, August 20. The race will last from 10 a.m. until roughly 4 p.m., and will travel from Durango through Mancos and Dolores then over Lizard Head Pass before finishing in Telluride. Highways impacted include US 160, State Highway 184, and State Highway 145.

The upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be passing through many areas of the San Juan National Forest and various camping and viewing opportunities for the public are listed on their website. Specific information is available at and the Durango office at 970-247-4874 and the Dolores Public Lands office at 970-882-7296.

The elite professional roster of teams, which includes 126 riders from 24 countries, is comprised of six teams that competed in the Tour de France, five Pro Continental teams and five Continental teams. Following is the preliminary complete list of riders that will be competing in the 2012 USA Pro Challenge.

*Team rosters are subject to change

UCI ProTeams

1.      Astana Pro Team (KAZ)

World’s Top Professional Cyclists Confirmed for 2012 USA Pro Challenge

Aug 13, 2012

Denver (Aug. 8, 2012) – Marking one of the best fields ever assembled on American soil for a professional cycling race, the provisionary team rosters* for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge have been confirmed. Taking place August 20-26, the race will travel through 12 host cities, taking riders and fans on a scenic tour through the Colorado Rockies. Emphasizing the competitive level of the field, the race will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de France –

USA Pro Challenge Bike Race and Festivities

Aug 13, 2012

Durango, CO– On the heels of the Tour de France and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the 2012 USA Pro Challenge takes center stage from August 20 - 26, 2012. Durango, Colorado is the overall start  of “America’s Race” that features 16 of the world’s best professional cycling teams, including Cadel Evans and Levi Leipheimer. Beginning August 16, Durango will celebrate the Overall Start with events, festivals and activities for cyclists, families and visitors.Durango2012.comhas a complete listing of the local events.