26 August 2013

USA Pro Challenge 2013 - Results Stage 7

Denver Colorado - Race Results

Today's results from the tour in Colorado.

Denver County Building
Downtown Denver
The pond fountain where Frankie Andreu would later take a swim in the clean fresh water.
Stage 7 Results:

1. Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling
2. Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
3. Alessandro Bazzana (ITA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team

This is what it feels like when a Peter Sagan #51 sprint comes roaring by (add loud sound and wind).  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
This is one fast bike racer, who also really enjoyed being in Colorado.
Final General Classification Standings: 

USA  1  VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING)  22:38:48
SUI  2  FRANK, Mathias (BMC RACING)         + 1:30
USA  3  DANIELSON, Thomas (GARMIN SHARP)    + 1:42
COL  4  ACEVEDO COLLE, Javier Alexis (JAMIS)+ 2:10
AUS  5  MORTON, Lachlan David (GARMIN SHARP)+ 2:34
AUS  9  SUTHERLAND, Rory (SAXO-TINKOFF)     + 4:11
Tejay van Garderen wins USA Pro Challenge 2013
It's the baby on the podium picture
FINAL Classification Jerseys:

Yellow (overall) - Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team
Green (sprint) - Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling
Red (climber) - Matt Cooke (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
Blue (young) - Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp
Orange (courageous) - Ben King (USA) of RadioShack Leopard Trek

Matt Cooke, Peter Sagan, Tejay van Garderen, Lachland Morton, Ben King.  Photo ©by Ryan Wallace for Pedal Dancer®
Of the 128 riders that started the race, 108 finished. Chris Froome withdrew during Stage 7 and did not complete the USA Pro Challenge in 2013.

Please see additional excellent photos by Ryan Wallace for Pedal Dancer®
Please see even more photos by Chuck Parsons for Pedal Dancer®
Please also read my other posts from today: 
Photos from Denver  All Photos below © By Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®  please click any image to enlarge

Fans at the festival area in Civic Center Park
Denver, preparing for Stage 7  - Start and Finish line
VIP tent swag including radios to listen in on the race commentators. Nice touch.
Beer cozy
Riders found an injured Chris Baldwin in the VIP tent and stopped to say hello to their friend.
Morning rider autographs with perfectly place prop kids
Signature Kid, someday he'll grow into that jersey.
UCI Official
Basketball Great Bill Walton has been in Colorado all week riding his bike at all of the stages of the tour.
Timmy Duggan's 90-year old Grandmother and his Father were at the final stage. They got to ride in the first Medical Vehicle on course. I bet that was a wild ride through the city. 
Tom Danielson, probably again explaining how he wants more mountains in the stage race
Ben King, great presence both on and off the bike
Craig Lewis and his ever-present fan club
This is Luis Enrique Lemus' (Team Jelly Belly), Mexico National Champion Road, custom painted Focus road bike.
Go Colombia!
I was able to ride in Media car #1 (sponsored by IconLasik) around the course today - so fun! And very worthwhile to make sure the pre-race advice I offer on where to watch the race was helpful to fans.
The great city of Denver on a very hot day
Fans lining the route making it look like Times Square in New York City.
Just another day at a bike event in Denver
Riders race past our Art Museum downtown
Corner after dirty corner, 8 laps long
The finish line and the line of team cars and photo motos - 3 laps to go
2 laps
Jonathan Vuaghters showed up watching Tour Tracker on his device. Nice to see him, this was the first time I had seen him all week.
Lucas Euser and Ben King being caught by the peloton at 1 lap.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
The handshake. Bike racers get along so well. Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Lucas Euser with Ben King (who would win most Aggressive Rider for the day).  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Sagan on the front racing down Broadway to the finish line.
Sarah inside her final Broom Wagon passage of the tour
Christian Vande Velde exits the stage. This was his last race in the USA, he will be retiring at the end of the season.
And that is a wrap for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.

I will be posting more pictures and telling stories that I have not yet shared. So please check back soon.

Please come back and visit Colorado again!

Read more about our fantastic bike events, road races, cyclocross races, and recommended rides for cyclists at this link: COLORADO CYCLING A resource page created by Pedal Dancer®. Thank you fans!