Leipheimer leaps to big win on Stage 2 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Crested Butte

STAGE 2 VIEWING: Watch live streams of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is excellent and standings are updated dynamically as you watch. Watch here at 9:50 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to see the dramatic route over two 12,000-foot-plus passes en route to Aspen.

The first stage race in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge proved a long, hot day for some of the best riders in the world on Tuesday, but at the end Levi Leipheimer found the strength to pull away from the leaders in the final ascent to Mt. Crested Butte for the win.

Some of the biggest names in the sport came next, with Sergio Henao and Frank Schleck finishing 4 seconds back, followed by Cadel Evans and Christian VandeVelde seven seconds back.  In the overall standings, VandeVelde now stands second (11 seconds back) and Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans is in fourth (17 seconds back). Tom Danielson, a pre-race favorite, is in ninth (37 seconds back). Find complete stage and overall standings here.

After the start in Salida There was an early breakaway of four riders, which became the first to reach the top of Monarch Pass. The breakaway included Eduard Beltran, who claimed the first mountain points of the stage. Then Beltran slipped back, leaving Jay Thomson and Bradley White alone in the lead, 3:55 ahead of the peleton with 50 miles to go.

Against the odds, the pair remained more than 3 minutes ahead when they reached Gunnison, where the course turned north to Crested Butte. But the Peleton always wins, which was the case when the pack of riders reeled in the leaders with 8.6 miles to go, setting up the final climb. Read the race story in the Denver Post.

And now it’s off to Gunnison for Stage 2, a 99.4-mile race with plenty of climbing, including 11,318-foot Monarch Pass, before an uphill finish at Mt. Crested Butte.

WATCH ONLINE: Catch a live stream of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is excellent, standings are updated dynamically on the page as you watch. Watch here at 2 p.m. MDT on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Did you miss Monday’s Prologue in Colorado Springs. Results.

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 jerseys: See what the leader, top climber and sprinters will be wearing.
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