Category Archive: USA Cycling (Quiznos) Pro Challenge

Vande Velde wins USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Christian Vande Velde made up a 9-second deficit to win the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on the final stage individual time trial in Denver on Sunday.

By winning, he unseated Levi Leipheimer who usually excels at the ITT in crunch situations.

Vande Velde said, “I actually had a lot of confidence in today. …

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Race against the clock will decide USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner

With the USA Pro Cycling Challenge coming to an end today, defending champion Levi Leipheimer has gone to the front as the overall leader.


The race has been a dead-heat between Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) for most of the week, with Leipheimer lurking down in fourth place just a few seconds behind.

The week-long stage bike race ends with a 9.5-mile individual time trial around Denver. All three are strong riders against the clock, although historically Leipheimer has the advantage…..

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Voigt still battling at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Jens Voigt

A couple of days before the start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, 40-year-old Jens Voigt was asked about retirement. “That is not in my vocabulary. Sorry.”

The RadioShack cyclist demonstrated what he meant by that statement on Thursday when he took a solo victory on the 97-mile Stage 4 by nearly 3 minutes.

The …

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Another stage, another leader at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Ownership of the overall leader’s jersey changes everyday at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The Stage 3 sufferfest over two 12,000-plus foot mountain passes on Wednesday concluded with Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson crossing the line first, while teammate Christian Vande Velde took the overall lead.

Oddly, Vande Velde took the overall lead from BMC’s Tejay van Garderen, even though both have recorded the exact same time in the race so far. ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/08/22/another-stage-another-leader-at-usa-pro-cycling-challenge/

Follow USA Pro Cycling Challenge by TV or online videostreams this week

The return of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls out over the high mountain passes of Colorado starting Monday.

The 7-stage tour features Levi Leipheimer in his starring role as defending champion and veteran George Hincapie in his swan song performance in professional cycling.

Cycling fans who can’t make it to the lofty heights of the Rocky Mountains can watch the action live on TV and online streaming….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/08/19/follow-usa-pro-cycling-challenge-by-tv-or-online-videostreams-this-week/

USA Cycling Pro Challenge roster for Colorado bike race

It was probably never in doubt, but just for the record Levi Leipheimer is returning to defend his title in the second annual USA Cycling Pro Challenge scheduled for Aug. 20-26 in Colorado.

This week, he’s battling to defend his championship at the Tour of Utah, which ends Sunday. (Rory Sutherland of the UnitedHealthCare team …

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge announces high altitude route

The route for this year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado will be breath-taking, and we’re not talking about the scenery.

Route details for the Aug. 20-26 bicycle race reveal that cyclists will be pedaling above 12,000 feet — higher than any route in North America or Europe — three separate times.

Because of less air pressure at high altitudes, there’s 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath than at sea level. Cyclists who haven’t acclimated to riding at high altitudes will be suffering. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/04/usa-pro-cycling-challenge-announces-high-altitude-route/

Host cities for Colorado’s 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Organizers of next year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced the 12 Colorado cities where the stages begin or end.

In its second year, the bike race rolls out from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26, 2012. There wasn't any doubt that the race would return to Colorado next year, but it's always good to see that this bike race and the Amgen Tour of California aren't following the route of the Tour of Missouri and Tour de Georgia into extinction.

The race will visit four new cities in 2012 — Durango, Telluride, Montrose and Boulder.

Organizers touted the choice of opening the race in the Four Corners region ……

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/12/10/host-cities-for-colorados-2012-usa-pro-cycling-challenge/

Leipheimer wins USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The 11-second margin held by Levi Leipheimer since Wednesday was all he needed to win the title at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that ended in Denver on Sunday.

It was the 37-year-old Team RadioShack cyclist's third tour championship this year, after victories at the Tour de Suisse and the Tour of Utah.

He shared the podium with runner-up Christian Vande Velde of Garmin Cervelo and Tejay Van Garderen, 23, of HTC-Highroad. Add in Tom Danielson (Garmin) in 4th and George Hincapie (BMC Racing) in 5th, and you have Americans owning the top 5 spots …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/08/28/leipheimer-wins-usa-pro-cycling-challenge/

Back in the driver's seat at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

There are several ways to win a stage race: One is to whittle away at the time gap to the leader until you're in first place. The other is to simply earn it directly by winning stage after stage.

That second way appears to be Levi Leipheimer's strategy as he won his second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado on Thursday and took back the overall lead from his young rival Tejay Van Garderen.

Leipheimer won Stage 1 in a memorable uphill attack at Crested Butte after a RadioShack teammate paced him to the front. Stage 3 was a mano a mano contest — an uphill, 10-mile individual time trial …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/08/25/back-in-the-drivers-seat-at-usa-pro-cycling-challenge/

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