Category: USA Cycling (Quiznos) Pro Challenge

By George! Big win in Colorado

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) …

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Leaping to the lead at USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado

US cyclist Levi Leipheimer won Stage 1 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday as he took the yellow jersey with a perfectly timed final attack in Crested Butte.

While the peloton was gasping for air in at least a half dozen languages, the RadioShack cyclist dropped the leaders in the last third of a mile as they rode past 9,000 feet elevation.

Hard on his tail was Sergio Henao, 23, the Colombian cyclist whose Gobernación de Antioquia cycling team challenged the big leagues ….

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Celebrating the first USA Pro Cycling Challenge

A German cyclist riding for the soon-to-be defunct HTC-Highroad team earned a host of firsts racing in Colorado Springs on Monday.

Patrick Gretsch, 24, finished in first place on the first day of the first USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The victory marked his first-ever win on US soil.

The German covered the ever-so slightly downhill course in Colorado Springs in 8-minutes-27, 2 seconds ahead of Christian Vande Velde of Team Garmin Cervelo.

Gretsch will wear the leader's jersey on Tuesday, although it's doubtful he'll wear it for long. Stage 1 is a 99-mile uphill slog ….

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge roster

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 …

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Live TV coverage of Vuelta a Espana and USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy bicycle racing on two continents while comfortably seated on their couches.

The Vuelta a Espana — the last of this year's Grand Tours — rolls out live for three weeks on Universal Sports beginning Saturday (Aug. 20) through Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, Versus and parent network NBC are joining efforts to offer live coverage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (aka “That Colorado Bike Race”) beginning Monday and running through Aug. 28.

Live web video streaming of the cycling action through the Rockies also will be offered online at the “Shack Tracker.” ….

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Tour de France podium finishers will compete in Colorado

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 …

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado announces TV coverage

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 ….

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First five teams announced for Quiznos Pro Challenge

Five teams have signed on for the 2011 inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge that rolls through Colorado Aug. 20 – 28.

Four of the teams are from the US, one is from Italy. A total of 16 ProTour and Pro Continental level teams are expected to compete in the race.

The first five are:

RadioShack — Home to Lance Armstrong and …

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Video highlights from Quizno's Pro Challenge announcement

Organizers of the 2011 Quizno's Pro Challenge announced the host cities and stages for the cycling race on Thursday, Nov. 4. Here's some of the highlights from that announcement.

That race rolls out Aug. 22-28, 2011.

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2011 Quizno's Pro Challenge bike race host cities and stages

Organizers of the newest pro cycling stage race in the US, the Quizno's Pro Challenge, announced the 11 host cities for the inaugural race in 2011.

The 600-mile road race, hatched by a group that included Gov. Bill Ritter and Lance Armstrong, rolls out Aug. 22 – 28.

Unveiled at a press conference in Denver on Thursday, the list of cities sounds more like a vacation schedule for a group of ski bums hitting the slopes in the mountainous state ….

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