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August 20/14 18:45 pm - US Pro Challenge: Stage 3 results


Posted by Editoress on 08/20/14
 

Defending Champion Tejay van Garderen Proves He's King of the Mountains

In a race fit for royals, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) proved he is King of the Mountains during the Queen Stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on Monarch Mountain, in the race's first-ever mountaintop finish. Taking the stage win and the overall lead, in addition to the Lexus Sprint Jersey and the Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey, van Garderen dominated Stage 3 of the race.

 

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Tejay van Garderen wins

 

"I love this race. Every year I've done the Pro Challenge, I've taken away something from it," said van Garderen. "I look forward to this race every year. And unless the Pro Challenge finished higher than this before, this is definitely the highest elevation I have ever finished at."

During Stage 3 of the race today the riders were not only faced with a mountaintop finish, but they also had to pass over it first, giving spectators a chance to see the race multiple times from the same vantage point. Starting in Gunnison, the race went east for 35 miles before tackling the 11,300 ft. monster that is Monarch Pass. The riders then descended the eastern slope of the pass and completed two 9-mile loops through Salida and the surrounding countryside. Then they tackled nearly 20 miles of climbing to the finish at 10,800 ft.-Monarch Mountain Ski Area.

 

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"Today's stage was everything we could have hoped for – the fans were incredible, the weather was beautiful, and the racing was intense and exciting to watch," said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. "This is the first year we have taken the Pro Challenge to Monarch Mountain and our first true mountaintop finish. As the race continues to grow and evolve each year, we hope to bring more exciting days of racing like today to our fans around the world."

After a 6.9-mile neutral start out of town, the riders didn't waste any time and immediately started launching attacks, traveling at 32 mph. With a lot of activity on the front, none of the breaks were able to stick and everyone was still riding together at 35K into the race.

At 50K, five riders, including Michael Koch (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home), Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) and Bernie Sulzberger (Drapac Pro Cycling), broke away and gained a slight advantage, but then were reeled back in as they headed into the first Sierra Nevada KOM of the day at Monarch Pass.

A Cat. 1 climb at 11,312 ft. with a 2,743 ft. elevation gain, Monarch Pass would prove to be a test for the riders, splitting the field into several different groups. Janier Acevedo (Team Garmin-Sharp) put his climbing skills on display by pulling ahead and, with his team setting a tough pace in the group just behind, the break was cut down to just eight riders. Included in this group were Tejay van Garderen and Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team); Rafal Majka,  Michael Rogers and Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo) Tom Danielson and Acevedo; and Carter Jones (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies).

 

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Lined with fans, the climb up Monarch Pass destroyed the field and broke the riders up into several small groups. Reaching the top of the climb first was Hermans, followed by Danielson and Poljanski. With about a 50-second advantage, the break screamed down the back side of the climb, past the stage finish and on to Salida where they would complete two laps before heading back toward the finish.

With the first Lexus Sprint Line in Salida fast approaching, Acevedo hit the line first, followed by Poljanski and Hermans. Soon after, Rogers broke off, as the rest of the break was absorbed back into the chase.

As they continued on through the town, several attacks were made out of the chase, but didn't stick. Then, just as Rogers hit the second sprint line of the day, taking max points, Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling )Team and Daniel Jaramillo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) managed to escape and start the chase. Euser crossed the line second and Jaramillo third.

As the riders left the town of Salida, Rogers maintained a 1:10 lead over the first chase group with Euser and Jaramillo, and 20 seconds behind them was the second chase group, which included GC leader Alex Howes (Team Garmin-Sharp). With only 16.5 miles to go, the chasers were reabsorbed, tightening up the race.

With 25K of uphill course left to go, the riders approached the second KOM of the day, a Cat. 2 climb on Monarch Mountain with an average grade of 3 percent, but a grade of 9 percent at its steepest point. With a strong headwind on the course, the riders started to make their way up the climb.


At 8K to go the attacks began and, as the tempo picked up, riders began to fall off the back. With about 14 riders left in the front group, Danielson tried to push the pace to get time on van Garderen. Finally Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing) launched an attack and put a gap between him and the group, but alas, that wouldn't stick either. With 1K left in the race, van Garderen hit the gas and attacked, a move which would take him all the way to the finish line. Under beautiful skies and a picturesque backdrop at the Monarch Mountain Ski Resort, van Garderen crossed the line first, followed by Majka and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis).

"I felt pretty well under control today," added van Garderen. "The team rode incredibly again today. I'm glad I was able to take the jersey."

Van Garderen now holds three jerseys, including the Smashburger Leader Jersey, Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey and the Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey. Rogers was awarded the FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey for his riding in the breakaway. The other jerseys remained unchanged, with Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) holding onto the Lexus Sprint Jersey and Clément Chevrier (Bissell Development Team) maintaining the Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey.

 

Results from the third stage in Colorado, USA

Stage 3: Gunnison to Monarch Mountain, 154.9km
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 3:50:41
2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo at s.t.
3 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:20
4 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:24
5 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp s.t.
6 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:30
7 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 0:39
8 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 0:45
9 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura 0:51
10 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team 1:06
11 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop 1:09
12 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:18
13 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 1:21
14 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:47
15 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:57
16 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
17 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
18 Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp all s.t.
19 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 3:07
20 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Garmin-Sharp 4:20
21 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team 5:36
22 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 6:47
23 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 9:49
24 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 11:55
25 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 12:58
26 Benjamin King (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
27 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
28 Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
29 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
30 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
31 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
32 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura
33 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
34 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
35 David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Netapp-Endura
36 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
37 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
38 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura
39 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
40 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
41 Edward Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo
42 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
43 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
44 Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura all s.t.
45 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 17:55
46 Ian Crane (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 27:53
47 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
48 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
49 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
50 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
51 Tom Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
52 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
53 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
54 Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
55 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
56 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
57 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
58 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp
59 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development
60 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
61 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
62 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
63 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale
64 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura
65 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
66 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
67 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development
68 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
69 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
70 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
71 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
72 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
73 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
74 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
75 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura
76 Gavin Mannion (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp
77 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale
78 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
79 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
80 Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk
81 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
82 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
83 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
84 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura
85 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
86 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
87 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
88 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
89 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
90 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
91 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
92 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
93 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
94 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
95 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
96 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team
97 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
98 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Bissell Development Team
99 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
100 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
101 Mike Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
102 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
103 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
104 Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
105 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
106 Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStop
107 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
108 Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk
109 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development
110 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
111 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team
112 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
113 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
114 Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
115 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
116 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
117 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
118 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
119 Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team
120 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
121 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
122 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development
123 Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis all s.t.
 
GC
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 10:34:53
2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:20
3 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:23
4 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 0:34
5 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:37
6 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 0:46
7 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:49
8 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 0:55
9 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura 1:09
10 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop 1:22
11 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team 1:23
12 Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 1:45
13 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:28
14 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 2:37
15 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 2:47
16 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:06
17 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 4:10
18 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 5:20
19 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Garmin-Sharp 6:02
20 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team 7:00
21 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 7:28
22 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 12:00
23 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 12:22
24 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 13:15
25 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 14:08
26 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team s.t.
27 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 14:09
28 Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 14:14
29 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 14:17
30 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 14:20
31 Benjamin King (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 14:57
32 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 15:08
33 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 15:21
34 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 15:23
35 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 15:28
36 David de la Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Netapp-Endura 15:54
37 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 18:07
38 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 18:25
39 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 19:49
40 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura 21:01
41 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 21:55
42 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 24:51
43 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 29:10
44 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 29:52
45 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 30:02
46 Michael Torckler (NZl) Team SmartStop 30:15
47 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development 30:28
48 Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 30:44
49 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 30:48
50 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 31:06
51 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 31:12
52 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 31:39
53 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp-Endura 31:58
54 Edward Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo 31:59
55 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 32:49
56 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Bissell Development Team 32:52
57 Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 32:53
58 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 34:30
59 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 34:49
60 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 36:00
61 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 36:27
62 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development 36:34
63 Ian Burnett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 36:40
64 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale 36:59
65 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling s.t.
66 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 37:36
67 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 38:35
68 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 38:39
69 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 39:34
70 Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 39:48
71 Edward King (USA) Cannondale 40:15
72 Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team 40:49
73 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 40:51
74 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 41:06
75 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 41:07
76 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team s.t.
77 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 41:08
78 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 42:03
79 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop 42:36
80 Ian Crane (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 42:43
81 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 42:47
82 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 42:49
83 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 42:51
84 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 43:37
85 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 43:58
86 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Team Garmin-Sharp 44:02
87 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 44:03
88 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team 44:24
89 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 44:25
90 Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Sportswear Development 44:44
91 Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 44:53
92 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 45:28
93 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 45:29
94 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura 45:45
95 Gavin Mannion (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp 45:55
96 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 45:58
97 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 46:20
98 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale 47:18
99 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop 47:20
100 Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT s.t.
101 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 47:21
102 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 47:22
103 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT s.t.
104 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 47:23
105 Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura s.t.
106 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 47:24
107 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 47:35
108 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 47:36
109 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 49:40
110 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 50:51
111 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 50:56
112 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 51:06
113 Tom Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 51:25
114 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 52:31
115 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 53:59
116 Mike Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
117 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop 54:01
118 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop 54:38
119 Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bissell Development Team 55:47
120 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 59:17
121 Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 59:18
122 Johnathan Freter (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 59:53
123 Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 1:02:24