Gretsch gets surprise Prologue win; Vandevelde, Leipheimer, Evans and Schlecks not far behind

Patrick Gretsch, Prologue winner

STAGE 1 VIEWING UPDATE: Watch live streams of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is excellent, standings are updated dynamically on the page as you watch. Watch here at noon p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge got off to a blazing start on Monday. Blazing as in blazing fast and blazing hot. The riders were flying from the moment they left the start gate in the spectacular Garden of the Gods.

Second-year pro Patrick Gretsch of HTC-Highroad snatched the lead early and, amazingly, his time of 8:27 held up for the victory on the 5.1 kilometer course. Christian Vandevelde of Team Garmin Cervelo earned second place, 2 seconds back, with Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing in third, just 3 seconds off the pace.

Some big names, like Ivan Basso, had extremely slow times in the 90+ degree heat. But other stars did quite well, including:

  • Levi Leipheimer, just off winning the Tour of Utah, finished in 7th (8 seconds back);
  • Cadel Evans might still be celebrating his victory in the Tour de France, but he still ran a strong race, finishing in ninth place, 9 seconds back.
  • Brothers Andy and Frank Schleck both finished a few seconds outside the 9:00 mark, leaving them in good position as the race shifts to the mountains.
  • Home-state favorite Tom Danielson finished 18 seconds off the pace, also a good result.

And now it’s off to Salida for Stage 1, a 99.4-mile race with plenty of climbing, including 11,318-foot Monarch Pass, before an uphill finish at Mt. Crested Butte.

Interested in more details about the race? Check out these links:

  • The course: From Prologue to high country, here’s where the race will be contested in Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Sprigs and more. Get maps, elevation gain information and video.
  • Teams: Who’s racing? The entire list of competitors.
  • History: This isn’t the first pro cycling race in Colorado. Learn about the Red Zinger Classic and the Coors Classic.
  • The basics: Visit the race’s official web site for all the details.
  • The jerseys: See what the leader, top climber and sprinters will be wearing/
  • Coverage: Keep up with the race on the Denver Post website.
Swany Gloves is dedicated to bringing you the best of outdoor adventure. Like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter for updates on more adventures.
Advertisements

0 Responses to “Gretsch gets surprise Prologue win; Vandevelde, Leipheimer, Evans and Schlecks not far behind”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Recently TWEETED

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


%d bloggers like this: