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. ….
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 ……
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 …
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 …