The 2014 USA Pro Challenge kicked off today with a fast 3 laps around the beautiful mountain towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village. The riders lined up ready to race including defending champion Tejay van Garderen. He finished safely 12" behind the stage winner Kiel Reijnen who barely edged out Alex Howes in the sprint for the line.
Rafal Majka, Frank Schleck, Tom Danielson, Michalel Schar, Peter Stetina, and Tiago Machada all finished in the same pack of riders with Tejay van Garderen. Matthew Busche did very well on the stage coming in 3" behind the winners together with Carter Jones. Leopold Konig finished within a group of riders 5'38" down, he explained he had been bitten by a "dirty insect" and had had a fever for two days prior to the race start.
Stage 1 Results
First – Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Second – Alex Howes (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp
Third – Ben Hermans (BEL) of BMC Racing Team
Yellow Leader Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Green Sprint Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Polka Dot King of the Mountains Jersey – Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman
Blue Jersey – Clement Chevrier (FRA) of Bissell Development Team
Orange Jersey – Danny Summerhill (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UHC
Top 25 Riders
Stage 1 Results USA 1 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) 2:26:35 USA 2 HOWES, Alex (GARMIN SHARP) BEL 3 HERMANS, Ben (BMC RACING) + 3 USA 4 JONES, Carter (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES) USA 5 BUSCHE, Matthew (TREK FACTORY RACING) ESP 6 MEGIAS LEAL, Javier (NOVO NORDISK) SUI 7 SCHÄR, Michael (BMC RACING) + 12 USA 8 ROSSKOPF, Joseph (HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM) USA 9 BOOKWALTER, Brent (BMC RACING) USA 10 EUSER, Lucas (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) USA 11 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) POL 12 MAJKA, Rafal (TINKOFF-SAXO) MDA 13 TVETCOV, Serghei (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS) LUX 14 SCHLECK, Frank (TREK FACTORY RACING) USA 15 STETINA, Peter (BMC RACING) USA 16 DANIELSON, Thomas (GARMIN SHARP) USA 17 KYER, Julian (TEAM SMARTSTOP) FRA 18 CHEVRIER, Clement (BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM) POL 19 HUZARSKI, Bartosz (NETAPP - ENDURA) CAN 20 BRITTON, Rob (TEAM SMARTSTOP) POR 21 MACHADO, Tiago (NETAPP - ENDURA) GER 22 VOIGT, Jens (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 15 AUT 23 ZOIDL, Riccardo (TREK FACTORY RACING) USA 24 BUTLER, Chris (HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM) COL 25 ACEVEDO COLLE, Janier Alexis (GARMIN SHARP) + 20
*Rider after the time limit: 112 GBR 19830714 BRIGGS Graham
*Rider DNF: 148 USA 19730903 RODRIGUEZ Fred
|Kiel with a hand over Tejay's shoulder, arriving into Aspen pre race (Taylor Phinney is the other BMC rider, kitted up but did not race)|
|Kiel Reijnen (far left) before at the call up of Stage 1|
|Agony of defeat in Stage 1 - Reijnen wins, Howes loses by inches|
|Stage 1 podium celebration|
|Classification jerseys after Stage 1 USA Pro Challenge 2014|
|Fun scene at the Festival in Aspen|
Stage 2 activities and schedule for the day:
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Apsen to Crested Butte
STAGE 2 : 105 miles Stage 2 Map PDF Stage 2 Profile PDF
Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Aspen to Mt. Crested Butte
Aspen to Crested Butte, "the back way," Dirt Road. No Independence Pass for 2014!
Race Begins: Approximately 11:10 a.m.
Race Ends: Approximately 4:00 p.m.
Weather: expected rain and light rain showers (bring a rain jacket!)
Stage 2 Timetable.pdf
State Highways Impacted: SH 82, SH 133, USA Pro Challenge Road Closures 2014
Kebler Pass closed in both directions - 11:00am Monday 8/18/14 through 3:00pm Tuesday 8/19/14.
ASPEN - CARBONDALE - CRESTED BUTTE - MT CRESTED BUTTE - Tuesday, Stage 2
On the path of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Aspen By Pedal Dancer®
http://www.aspenupcc.com local Aspen race website
http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/event/us-pro-cycling Gunnison Race website
Tuesday: 8:30-10:30am - Aspen Festival at Paepke Park
Tuesday: 11:10 am - Aspen - Stage 2 Star
Tuesday: 12:00-6:00pm - Festival in Crested Butte
Best viewing: Start line in Aspen, Carbondale spring, McClure Pass, Kebler Pass, downtown Crested Butte, Mtn top finish up Mt Crested Butte.
Alternate drive to Crested Butte for vehicles: Independence Pass to Twin Lakes, Buena Vista, over Cottonwood Pass into Crested Butte. RV and Buses you'll need to follow after the races and continue to Peonia, Hotchkiss and Gunnison, then Crested Butte.
|2014 USA Pro Challenge - Stage 2 route map|
|Stage 1 2014 Pro Challenge Aspen podium|
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