It's only three days old, but this USA Pro Cycling Championship has been full of surprises.
The latest is George Hincapie's (left) sprint finish victory — at 8,000 feet elevation — to end Stage 2 in Aspen on Wednesday.
Although he beat Tejay Van Garderen to the line — a cyclist 15 years his junior, the HTC Highroad cyclist, above right, can find solace in taking the overall leader's yellow jersey.
RadioShack's Levi Leipheimer, who took the yellow jersey Tuesday on an uncharacteristic uphill attack at the finish in Crested Butte, dropped to fourth place overall. Hincapie raised himself to 2nd overall, followed by Tom Danielson (Garmin Cervelo) …
Here's the tentative roster for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge as supplied recently by race organizers.
The Colorado-based bicycle race begins Monday in Colorado Springs and runs through Sunday after visiting some the state's most best bicycle-racing areas.
The inaugural race is drawing cyclists with impressive recent histories. Note for instance the top three finishers of the Tour de France will be racing — Cadel Evans (Australia), Andy Schleck and Frank Schleck (both Luxembourg).
After Levi Leipheimer's win at the Tour of Utah two weeks ago, Team RadioShack …
The week-long Colorado bike race later this month known officially as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the top three podium finishers from the Tour de France — Cadel Evans, left, Andy Schleck and Frank Schleck.
The highest placed US cyclist from the Tour, Tom Danielson, also is rolling up to the start line.
That's an impressive lineup for the inaugural cycling race that runs from Aug. 22-28 across the mountainous landscape of the Rockies.
The last cyclist to compete in a bike race in the US after winner the Tour de France …
This summer's pro-level bicycle race across Colorado has undergone an identity and logo makeover before the inaugural event has even left the starting line.
The Quizno's Pro Challenge is now the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, as announced in Denver on Tuesday. The sandwich-maker is still the main sponsor, but from here on, the Aug. 22-28 bicycle race shall be known by its new name.
Organizers also revealed that the new tie-up of NBC Sports and Versus will have broadcast rights to the bike race with more than 25 hours of live coverage over the 7-day period ….