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August 18/14 22:44 pm - US Pro Challenge: Stage 1 results and report


Posted by Editoress on 08/18/14
 

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team began the 7-stage USA Pro Challenge today with phenomenal success in the mountain town of Aspen, Colorado. In an opening stage nearly identical to stage 1 of the 2013 race, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider and Colorado resident Kiel Reijnen sprinted to victory before screaming crowds after almost 2 hours and 30 minutes of intense racing. The riders rolled out of Aspen at 2:40 pm and began the first of three 32.7-kilometer laps around the scenic and mountainous Aspen and Snowmass area, totaling 97.6 kilometers with 6 KOM competitions and 3 sprint competitions.

Colorado native Danny Summerhill’s enthusiasm for the race was apparent when he attacked the field and went clear just a few kilometers into the race. Danny was joined by six others shortly after and the group began to build their advantage, carving out a lead of one minute by the time they raced through Aspen to complete their first lap. Danny surged through the arch first, claiming the race’s first intermediate sprint competition. By the second lap through Aspen, the breakaway’s advantage had been reduced by only 5 seconds, with Summerhill sprinting again to take the second intermediate sprint competition. The sprint teams began an organized chase and reduced the gap to just 25 seconds with 24 kilometers remaining, causing the breakaway to splinter. “When the peloton started closing in, I knew that the second part of my job was about to start, and that was to help position Kiel for the finish,” said Summerhill, who was later awarded the most aggressive rider jersey for his tenacious and selfless riding from start to finish.

Chris Jones and Jonny Clarke took massive pulls at the front of the group, keeping the race fast and narrowing the field for Reijnen. The breakaway was also reduced to just one rider, who would be overtaken by multiple counterattacks in the final lap. Two hours of hard racing began to take its toll on the riders as the group was thinned to just a few dozen. Once the group split, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling teammate Lucas Euser fought to keep Reijnen safely at the front of the group and in favorable position for the final corners. Kiel followed an attack led by competitor, friend, and fellow Colorado local Alex Howes. Rounding the final turns, the two riders fought for position before launching tremendously long sprints for the line. Kiel timed his jump perfectly, accelerating through the finishing arch with his arms raised in victory. 

Having raced onto the podium on this course in 2013, Kiel Reijnen had the full support of this UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, pacing him through the climbs, sheltering him from the wind, and keeping his food and fluid supplies replenished. Sporting director and general manager Mike Tamayo commented, “The plan today was simple. 100% Kiel. We wanted a rider in the breakaway to save bullets for the finale. We knew we had to get Kiel into the final KOM in great position to save his legs. After that, it was about gambling a bit to see how it played out, knowing we had the bullets to use in the end.” Kiel’s victory earned not only the stage win, but also the yellow jersey for the overall race leader, the green jersey for the sprint leader, and the blue jersey for the best Colorado rider. After stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is in possession of 4 of the available 6 category jerseys, making this an incredible day for the team. 

Reflecting on the day, Kiel concluded, “The whole team should be up here with me today. Having a teammate drop out of the break to help position me for the finish, what more can you ask for? The team was incredible, all of them. We race a lot of important races, but for me, this is the most important race on my calendar. Being a Colorado local, it’s hard to describe what it means to take this stage win and the leader’s jersey on Colorado soil in front of all these Colorado fans.”

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling press release

 

Results from the first stage in Colorado, USA

Stage 1: Aspen Circuit Race, 97.6 km
1 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:26:35
2 Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp at s.t.
3 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:03
4 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
6 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk all s.t.
7 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:12
8 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
9 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
10 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
11 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
12 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
13 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
14 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
15 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
16 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
17 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop
18 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team
19 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura
20 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
21 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura all s.t.
22 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:15
23 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing
24 Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development both s.t.
25 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:20
26 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura 0:54
27 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team
28 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
29 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
30 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
31 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team
32 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
33 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
34 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura
35 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
36 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
37 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
38 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team all s.t.
39 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:59
40 Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStop
41 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale both s.t.
42 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 1:33
43 Benjamin King (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
44 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development
45 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale all s.t.
46 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:39
47 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team s.t.
48 David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Netapp-Endura 1:57
49 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp
50 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
51 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
52 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
53 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
54 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
55 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development
56 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
57 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
58 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
59 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
60 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
61 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
62 Gavin Mannion (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
63 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
64 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale
65 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
66 Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
67 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
68 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
69 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
70 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis all s.t.
71 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 3:10
72 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 3:16
73 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 3:23
74 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
75 Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
76 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop all s.t.
77 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale 3:34
78 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
79 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
80 Ian Crane (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
81 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
82 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Bissell Development Team
83 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
84 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
85 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
86 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
87 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
88 Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura
89 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura
90 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development all s.t.
91 Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team 5:15
92 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
93 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
94 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
95 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development
96 Daniel Whitehouse (NZl) Rapha Condor JLT
97 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
98 Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
99 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
100 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
101 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
102 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
103 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
104 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
105 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
106 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
107 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
108 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura
109 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
110 Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 8:46
111 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
112 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
113 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
114 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
115 Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
116 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
117 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop 11:52
118 Mike Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
119 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
120 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
121 Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk
122 Edward Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo all s.t.
123 Joshua Berry (USA) Team SmartStop 12:11
124 Tom Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
125 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
126 Kevin de Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk all s.t.
OTL Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
DNF Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis


Jersey Winners

•  Smashburger Leader Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
•  Lexus Sprint Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
•  Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey – Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
•  Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey – Clement Chevrier (FRA) Bissell Development Team
•  FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey – Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
•  Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team