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US Pro Cycling challenge

Did I miss the thread about this race.....?

http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/
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Peter Sagan wins 1st stage of USA Pro Challenge

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Peter Sagan continued his stellar season with a two-length win and assumed the lead Monday after the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge.

The 23-year-old Slovak, a four-time stage winner in the Tour de France who rides the Italy-based Cannondale team, completed the 60.6-mile, three-lap circuit in 2 hours and 26 minutes.

''I was the people's favorite, yes,'' said Sagan, who has trained in Colorado for two weeks after winning the points jersey for the second time in last month's Tour. ''But I was very surprised. The team went to the front for most of the race. I ride tempo.''

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) of Belgium finished second and Kiel Reijnan (UnitedHealthcare) of the United States was third in the same time as Sagan.

Sagan, a pre-stage favorite, secured his 16th stage win this season and the 54th of his five-year pro career.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pete...ins-1st-stage-221332026--spt.html
HuwB

Much better tv coverage than for Utah. No major breakup problems.
Tracker went down, though, which meant no race info graphics for first half an hour.
Large lap criterium. Break went, break caught, bunch sprint, the odds on favourite wins, the end.

Tomorrow is a 203 km stage with the major obstacle, (Independence pass) right at the start and unlikely to be covered on the tracker feed.

"Fat" Froome and "Podgy" Porte out the back on yesterday's 4th cat. Embarassed
Boogerd_Fan

Yes... very happy... Smile Sagan himself surprised by that one.. funny he was in the 7 man counter attack with 4km to go, and made the right choice to sit up and let his team guide him to the line... except - it wasn't his team it was BMC for van Avemaet... which i thought was a bit surprising.

Even more awesome was when Canondale put the hurt down on the final Cat 4 Froome & Porte were dropped.
HuwB

Later coverage, today. Starts in 15 minutes.
Should be about 55kms live, before Sagan wins.

Edit:
Turns out this is the stage that has been designated the Jens Voigt annual benefit win.
No point in watching the final 40kms.
Boogerd_Fan

until the Sagan show took over.. hussah!!! Very Happy

2/3
Bartali

Huw - you should never switch horses mid race .... you now better than that! Smile
mr shifter

Bartali wrote:
Huw - you should never switch horses mid race .... you now better than that! Smile
Like Huw I Yawn
HuwB

mr shifter wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Huw - you should never switch horses mid race .... you now better than that! Smile
Like Huw I Yawn


Watching now. Absolutely nothing is happening.
Dull, dull, dull.
Watched Coppa Bernocchi this afternoon.
Always ends in a bunch sprint, but 65kms out you had groups
all over the place and one attack after another.

Bottom line: US roads/scale just don't offer the same opportunity.
Hopefully, the "brutal" Rolling Eyes run in will make the best of the final 20kms or so.
Fontfroide

What boring perfect wide well surfaced roads.  And how is it that the Americans have such a superb picture, as good as my TV.  Instead of the fuzzy junk I usually see in Europe.  I guess it must be money.  But also a pleasure.

Edit.  Not a perfect picture after all, but still, when it is not pixilated, then really good.
Bartali

I didn't realise it was on ... looks wet and windy.
Fontfroide

Those roads are great for trucks and emergency airplane landings, but they are not that pleasing aesthetically for a bike race.  Oh well.

I also cannot figure out why Phil and Paul fell impelled to call every Thomas or Tom with the childhood diminutive "Tommy".  Excepting the South of the USA of course.  They do that to Thomas Voeckler and they simply make it up.  No one calls him that, there is not even a "Tommy" used for anyone in France, or even Tom very much.  Thomas is the name.  I wonder what comes over these commentators.
HuwB

Well, the last 20kms were "OK", with Tommy Wink  Danielson managing to blow everyone up, including himself!
Found that rather odd, tbh. Especially after Garmin had thrown in Lachlan Morton's yellow jersey to give him a kick start, yet the youngster still finished in the first road group.
In hindsight, they should have stuck with the Aussie.

TJVG's to lose, now.
Nolte

HuwB wrote:

In hindsight, they should have stuck with the Aussie.


i disagree strongly, mainly as danielson is a pick of mine for cobblestones game Very Happy
mr shifter

Did you notice the time of Tejay as he crossed  the finish line.
25.24 it said on the line.
Oh no says the commentator he didn't win but was fastest at the check point.

Push a button quickly and whalla it changes and they have a winner by 2 secs. (obviously pre set)
Body Language showed Tejay was suffering badly towards the finish.

It can only happen in the USA.
Reminds one of the Levi win.
Utter Rubbish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6bpn75aV-I


The roads are very good for touring on Harley Davidson motorbikes.??
Nolte

wait the caption said 25:24 but the time the organisers gave him was 25:02?

err, that seems extremely bad.
Bartali

Danielson distracted by something ...


berck

Bartali wrote:
Danielson distracted by something ...




That explains it... Wink
cadence

I can see there wasn't much interest from the Just Cycling crowd with regards to this race.  I think part of the problem is US roads, they’re just not steep enough for world class riders to allow for a truly world class race.  It would be interesting to see something like a “Tour of America” but the logistics would be huge, as would the distances involved.  I wonder if combining the Tour of California and the US cycling challenge would be something feasible.  Have a rest day or two for transportation between the two sites and expand the race to three weeks.



Tejay van Garderen wins USA Pro Challenge

DENVER (AP) -- American Tejay van Garderen won the USA Pro Challenge on Sunday, finishing in the main pack in the final stage to complete a sweep of the two biggest races in the United States.

Van Garderen, the 25-year-old BMC rider from Bozeman, Mont., led the race for the final four days, finishing 1 minute, 30 seconds ahead of Swiss Mathias Frank. The Tour of California winner in May, van Garderen was fifth last year in the Tour de France, then slipped to 45th this year.

American Tom Danielson of Garmin-Sharp was third overall, 1:42 behind van Garderen.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan won the final leg for his fourth stage victory of the week, completing the eight-lap, 72.4-mile circuit race in 2:27:15. Canada's Ryan Anderson of Optum-Kelly Benefit was second, a bike-length behind.
Beasley

American roads are designed with cars in mind.

There just aren't the road's to nowhere that you get in Europe.

What the US has on it's side is altitude. In Europe it's pretty difficult to design a route with sustained periods above 2,000m. Unfortunately, whilst altitude is more vicious than gradient (IMO) it's a slow burn. People don't tend to implode due to altitude, they get ground down. It's a cumulative effect; the time spend riding at altitude rather than the altitude itself, per se.
HuwB

Well, I watched each stage. Didn't make for great viewing. Very light on GC animation. Sagan having little or no opposition also didn't help.
The highway infrastructure definitely the root cause.
However, as far as the local public watching roadside are concerned, I think it's wonderfully well designed race.
mr shifter

Nolte wrote:
wait the caption said 25:24 but the time the organisers gave him was 25:02?

err, that seems extremely bad.

I watched the stage "Live" so it wasn't just the time on the line.
We knew he wouldn't win, long before the line and the guy was suffering.

It's OK blaming the roads and the altitude but that's not the only problems.

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