It was a day for all those Jens Voigt fans out there - and there are many of you.
The day started with a large crowd gathered around Jens Voigt's new bike, resting peacefully outside the team bus in Breckenridge. Fans oohed and awed and giggled over the details of Jensie's new white bike. From a distance what you will first notice are the red, yellow and black colors of the German flag painted on the bike, but close up you will see all the many details that make this bike uniquely Jens'.
|This is Jens' new bike! Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|The top tube has the name of his wife and 6 children. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Family names adorn the top tube. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Picasso’s Dove of Peace is the symbol of the Peace Race. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|The under belly of Jen's top tube says it all. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Don't worry - Jensie's Shut Up Legs gray bike is in tow on the team car, just in case. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Jens Voigt on stage|
I looked back over my shoulder to make sure. He rode off leaving me to think - well that worked out ok, we're both still upright.
|Totally un-phased, he rode off. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
And just in case you want to ignore the "do not try this at home" warnings, this is how Jens descends. And now we all know why the names of his family members are on his top tube - because that is where his heart is. Awwhh.
|Thanks Tour Tracker for this screen capture.|
How many Jens Voigt fans are out there? Apparently a lot. Thanks to all of you for gracing us with your screaming on the TV coverage today. (Related reading: Jens Voigt - Hero of Stage 20 By Pedal Dancer)
|I met these two brothers yesterday on Independence Pass. They are here all week to chase the race and cheer on Jens Voigt. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
Stage 3 Results:
1. Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling
2. Luka Mezgec (SLO) of Team Argos-Shimano (impressive increasing speed!)
3. Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
|Peter Sagan contemplating a very successful day ahead. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|2nd place Luka Mezgec and his teammate Nikodemus Holler this morning in Breckenridge. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
General Classification after Stage 3 AUS 1 MORTON, Lachlan David (GARMIN SHARP) 11:35:40 SUI 2 FRANK, Mathias (BMC RACING) + 2 SVK 3 SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE) + 11 USA 4 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) USA 5 CRADDOCK, Lawson (BONTRAGER CYCLING) + 18 USA 6 DANIELSON, Thomas (GARMIN SHARP) + 29 COL 7 ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (COLOMBIA) + 35 ITA 8 CARUSO, Damiano (CANNONDALE) + 41 BEL 9 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING) FRA 10 GALLOPIN, Tony (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD) AUS 11 SUTHERLAND, Rory (SAXO-TINKOFF) CRC 12 OBANDO BRENES, Gregory (CHAMPION SYSTEM) COL 13 ACEVEDO COLLE, Javier Alexis (JAMIS) USA 14 BALDWIN, Christopher (BISSELL CYCLING) USA 15 EUSER, Lucas (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) USA 16 JONES, Carter (BISSELL CYCLING) + 46 USA 17 VANDEVELDE, Christian (GARMIN SHARP) ESP 18 MEGIAS LEAL, Javier (NOVO NORDISK) IRL 19 DEIGNAN, Philip (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) SUI 20 SCHÄR, Michael (BMC RACING)
|Lachlan Morton. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
Yellow (overall) - Lachlan David Morton (AUS) Team Garmin-Sharp
Green (sprint) - Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale Pro Cycling
Red (climber) - Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter
Blue (young) - Lachlan David Morton (AUS) Team Garmin-Sharp
jersey to be worn by Lawson Craddock
Orange (aggressive) -Jens Voigt (GER) RadioShack Leopard Trek
Photos from the Day:
|It was a beautiful morning on Swan Mountain Rd today. This was early before most of the fans arrived. Breckenridge is up valley. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|The USA Pro Challenge had already transformed Main St in Breckenridge by the time I arrived. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Typical morning interviews of riders were going on near the sign-in stage area. Matt Cooke (polka dot), and Dan Wuori interviewing Tom Zirbel. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Tejay van Garderen in his knee-highs signing autographs for fans on autograph alley this morning in Breckenridge. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Lachlan Morton's has officially licensed his bike in Colorado. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|The Champion System riders decided to spoof their DS who regularly wears his own fedora hat. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|There is no rest for the yellow jersey wearer. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|I still can't believe Chris Froome is racing in Colorado! I mean THAT is Chris Froome!! Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Lawson Craddock in the best young rider jersey next to Chris Froome. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Lineup in Breckenridge and our National Anthem. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|An amazing morning in Breckenridge. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|Stage 3 begins to Steamboat Springs. Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®|
|The finish into Steamboat USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Scott Christopher of Bicycle Colorado.|
Tomorrow's Stage 4 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, August 22, 2013
Read the Pedal Dancer® FAN GUIDE to Stage 4 from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek:
Stage 4 Finish: USA Pro Challenge in Beaver Creek. I will see you in Beaver Creek.
For more information, and a listing of all race results, please visit the PEDAL DANCER RACE GUIDE PAGE: USA PRO CHALLENGE
Official website: www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/
Official Spectator Guide: Official 2013 Spectator Guide
I plan to write my typical travel interest stories probably next week after the Tour, since I am busy living the dream this week and lack time, but I just had to share this story with you early ...
This is Amy and Charles - they met 3 years ago on Swan Mountain Rd when the USA Pro Challenge first used the climb in the inaugural tour. The next year Charles proposed to Amy on Swan Mountain. Last June the two got married on Swan Mountain. And here they are today, together on Swan Mountain Road where it all began, to watch Stage 3.
|Amy and Charles, today on Swan Mtn Rd|