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August 19/14 22:55 pm - US Pro Challenge: Stage 2 results


Posted by Editoress on 08/19/14
 

Stage 2 of 2014 USA Pro Challenge brought the riders several challenges including high-altitude climbs, dirt roads and stormy weather, but nothing could stop them as they battled it out to the finish in Mt. Crested Butte, where Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) took the stage win. Alex Howes (Team Garmin-Sharp) finished the stage in second place, putting him at the top of the general classification rankings.

“This is my home race, so it’s not hard to be motivated for it,” said Howes.

Despite gloomy conditions the race saw huge crowds throughout the stage, with fans lining the route to cheer on their favorite riders.

“One of the most amazing parts of the Pro Challenge, aside from the incredible riding by the cyclists, is the dedication of our fans,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “We saw great crowds out there today lining the streets in the rain, which is remarkable. The weather made things tough today, but these world-class riders proved to us exactly why they are the best of the best.”

Stage 2 opened fast by ripping down the Aspen Valley through the sprint cities of Basalt and Carbondale before tackling the 8,700 ft. McClure Pass. A short descent brought the race to Gunnison County Road 12, which is a 20-mile rollercoaster that constantly changes from pavement to dirt and back again, while topping out at 9,900 ft. over Kebler Pass. The race then came to an end with a sprint through downtown Crested Butte and the steep finish climb up to Mt. Crested Butte.

As the riders set off on a three-mile neutral section out of Aspen, they knew what was lying ahead – a long challenging stage with three sprint and KOM competitions. As the riders left Aspen and descended into the town of Basalt traveling at speeds of 45 mph, Matej Mohoric (Cannondale Pro Cycling) broke away from the group, but was reeled back in just before the sprint. Seventeen miles into the stage they hit the first Lexus Sprint Line where Tyler Magner (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) took max points, followed by the man in the yellow jersey Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Mohoric.

With the next sprint not far down the road in Carbondale, the pace stayed high and Magner crossed the line first, followed by Reijnen and Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop). Next, the riders would cross into the feed zone to prepare for the Sierra Nevada KOMs of the day. Leading into the first KOM competition at McClure Summit, a Cat. 1, 3.5-mile climb with an average grade of seven percent, things started to heat up with attacks coming off the front. Eventually a group of 10 would get away for good that included Michael Torckler (Team SmartStop); Ryan Anderson and Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies); Jai Crawford (Drapac Pro Cycling); Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home); Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team); Luis Davila, Kirk Carlsen (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis); and Joe Lewis, Dion Smith (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team). Soon after, they were joined by David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Team NetApp-Endura) and Mohoric.

With the summit of McClure Pass in his sights de la Cruz attacked and hit the top first, followed closely by Jacques-Maynes and Torckler. The next challenge facing the riders would be a 20-mile dirt road section, which would continue as they went up over Kebler Pass (Cat. 2). Heading into that section the field was split into two separate chase groups.

With inclement weather and the challenging course facing the riders, the gap started to come down as they approached Kebler Pass. An attack was launched, but most of the riders were able to follow, leaving only Crawford, Jones and Carlsen chasing behind. Soon after though, de la Cruz, Lewis and Smith also were dropped. Carpenter seized his opportunity and attacked the break on the climb to reach the summit first. Once the chase group reached the top, Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman) crossed the line next, followed by Michael Schär (BMC Racing Team).

As weather worsened on Kebler Pass, with hail and lightning strikes being reported within 100 feet of the route, the decision was made by race officials to neutralize the race for the safety of the riders. At 9k to go, the race was stopped and restarted, reinstating the 45-second gap Carpenter had on the chase. The decision was made by race commissaires, whose No. 1 priority is the riders’ safety, based on the situation and the available information at the time.

With the race back underway, Carpenter worked hard to maintain his gap over the field and took max points at the Lexus Sprint Line in Crested Butte. Crossing the line second would be yesterday’s most aggressive rider Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and then Schär.

With 1K to go and the steep climb up to the finish in Mt. Crested Butte ahead of him, Carpenter gave it his all up the final KOM of the day. With yesterday’s second place finisher Howes and defending Pro Challenge champion Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) coming up quickly behind him, Carpenter was able to hold on to take the stage win. Wet, but enthusiastic fans lined the road to see his victory and to cheer Howesand van Garderen in to second and third place, respectively.

“I attacked my breakaway companions about 10K away from the climb,” said Carpenter. “I couldn’t see anyone. The last time check I saw was 30 seconds to the peloton. I had it in my head that if I could get over the top of Kebler Pass with enough time, I could end up getting to Crested Butte with 30-40 seconds. This win is huge for us and for me personally it’s massive – the best ride I’ve had in my short career so far.”

For the jerseys, Howes takes the Smashburger Leader Jersey. While Reijnen holds onto the Lexus Sprint Jersey and Jacques-Maynes keeps the Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey. The Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey also remains unchanged with Clement Chevrier (Bissell Development Team). Today’s FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey was awarded to Carpenter for his impressive ride. And the Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey went to Howes.
Courtesy USA Pro Challenge

 

Results from the second stage in Colorado, USA

Stage 2: Aspen to Mount Crested Butte, 169.7km
1 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 4:17:18
2 Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp at 0:07
3 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team s.t.
4 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:15
5 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:17
6 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
7 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop 0:20
8 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 0:23
9 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:24
10 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
11 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team both s.t.
12 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura 0:25
13 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:27
14 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:31
15 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
16 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team 0:35
17 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
18 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo both s.t.
19 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:36
20 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:44
21 Benjamin King (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:45
22 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
23 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:47
24 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team 0:49
25 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development 0:57
26 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 1:06
27 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:16
28 David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Netapp-Endura 1:18
29 Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 1:20
30 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 1:26
31 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:29
32 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 1:30
33 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 1:34
34 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 1:35
35 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 1:41
36 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
37 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Garmin-Sharp
38 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp all s.t.
39 Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStop 1:42
40 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:44
41 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Bissell Development Team s.t.
42 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 1:50
43 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 1:54
44 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:55
45 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
46 Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:56
47 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 2:08
48 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 2:17
49 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 2:18
50 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
51 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 2:19
52 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:20
53 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 3:30
54 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura s.t.
55 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 5:18
56 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
57 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 5:19
58 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 6:59
59 Edward King (USA) Cannondale 7:26
60 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 7:27
61 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
62 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
63 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development all s.t.
64 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura 7:28
65 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale
66 Edward Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo
67 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling all s.t.
68 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 8:26
69 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 10:07
70 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team 11:35
71 Ian Crane (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
72 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing both s.t.
73 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 11:36
74 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
75 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team both s.t.
76 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 11:37
77 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 11:39
78 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop s.t.
79 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 11:40
80 Tom Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT s.t.
81 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 11:41
82 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development 11:55
83 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team 12:39
84 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 13:20
85 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale s.t.
86 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 13:30
87 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team s.t.
88 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 14:30
89 Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 14:31
90 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
91 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
92 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
93 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp
94 Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT all s.t.
95 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 14:32
96 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
97 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis both s.t.
98 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 14:33
99 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
100 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
101 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
102 Mike Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
103 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:34
104 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
105 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura both s.t.
106 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 14:35
107 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop s.t.
108 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura 14:37
109 Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 15:22
110 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 15:30
111 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
112 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale 16:10
113 Gavin Mannion (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 16:24
114 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 16:27
115 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling s.t.
116 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 16:28
117 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 21:25
118 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 22:57
119 Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 22:58
120 Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team
121 Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk both s.t.
122 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 23:00
123 Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 23:33
DNF Kevin de Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Joshua Berry (USA) Team SmartStop
DNF Daniel Whitehouse (NZl) Rapha Condor JLT
 
GC
1 Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 6:44:00
2 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team at 0:11
3 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:12
4 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 0:13
5 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:22
6 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop 0:25
7 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 0:28
8 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:29
9 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team
10 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop both s.t.
11 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura 0:30
12 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:31
13 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:32
14 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:39
15 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:52
16 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 1:22
17 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
18 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team both s.t.
19 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:23
20 Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 1:28
21 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 1:31
22 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:34
23 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team 1:36
24 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 1:38
25 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Garmin-Sharp 1:54
26 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:11
27 Benjamin King (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp s.t.
28 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 2:21
29 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 2:22
30 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 2:23
31 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:25
32 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:31
33 Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStop 2:34
34 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:35
35 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 2:37
36 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:42
37 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development 2:47
38 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 3:07
39 David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Netapp-Endura 3:08
40 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 3:25
41 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 3:31
42 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 3:35
43 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 3:58
44 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura 4:17
45 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 4:33
46 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 5:08
47 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Bissell Development Team 5:11
48 Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 5:12
49 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 5:21
50 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 5:39
51 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 6:49
52 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 7:03
53 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 7:08
54 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
55 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura 8:15
56 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 8:19
57 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 8:46
58 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development 8:53
59 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 8:59
60 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 9:18
61 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale s.t.
62 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 9:55
63 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 10:54
64 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 10:58
65 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 11:53
66 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 12:07
67 Edward King (USA) Cannondale 12:34
68 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team 13:08
69 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 13:10
70 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 13:25
71 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team 13:26
72 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
73 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 13:27
74 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 14:22
75 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop 14:55
76 Ian Crane (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 15:02
77 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 15:06
78 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 15:08
79 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 15:10
80 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 15:20
81 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 15:56
82 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 16:17
83 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp 16:21
84 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 16:22
85 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 16:24
86 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team 16:43
87 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 16:44
88 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development 17:03
89 Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 17:12
90 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 17:47
91 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 17:48
92 Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 17:58
93 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura 18:04
94 Gavin Mannion (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 18:14
95 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 18:17
96 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 18:39
97 Edward Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo 19:13
98 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale 19:37
99 Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 19:39
100 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop s.t.
101 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19:40
102 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19:41
103 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT s.t.
104 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 19:42
105 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura s.t.
106 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 19:43
107 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 19:54
108 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 19:55
109 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 21:59
110 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 23:10
111 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 23:15
112 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 23:25
113 Tom Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 23:44
114 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 24:50
115 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 26:18
116 Mike Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
117 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop 26:20
118 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop 26:57
119 Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team 28:06
120 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 31:36
121 Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 31:37
122 Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 32:12
123 Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 34:43