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 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.
· First Place – Tyler Farrar (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda
· Second Place – Taylor Phinney (USA) of BMC Racing Team