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USA Pro Challenge bike race in Colorado announces 2013 route Aug. 19-25

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Big LogoBoulder, Colorado Springs and Durango are out, Longmont and Fort Collins are in for the 2013 Pro Cycling Challenge, set for Aug. 19-25.

One thing has returned for the event’s third year: the iconic time trial in Vail. As it has the first two years, the race ends in Denver. Past champions have been: 2011, Levi Leipheimer; 2012, Christian VandeVelde.

Check out the routes and hear what organizers had to say at the rollout today (Dec. 19) in Aspen. Read more.

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Christian Vandevelde uses time trial to become winner of the second USA Pro Challenge

That youth movement will just have to wait. Christian Vandevelde finished second overall in Sunday’s time trial to claim the second USA Pro Challenge, beating young gun Tejay Vangarderen and defending champ Levi Leipheimer.

Even though Vandevelde and Vangarderen had traded the leader’s yellow jersey most of the week, it was Leipheimer who led going into Stage 7 in Denver. But Vandevelde ran a strong second in the stage — Boulder’s Taylor Phinney won the 9.5 mile time trial in a time of  17:25 — to beat Vangarderen by 21 seconds and Leipheimer by 24 seconds.

Read more about the race in The New York Times and The Denver Post. Get complete race standings at the USA Pro Challenge website

STAGE 6: Even though the USA Pro Challenge leader’s jersey already had changed hands four times this week, all the talk about the overall lead focused on young Tejay Van Garderen and veteran Christian Vandevelde.

Defending champion Levi Leipheimer? He might have been just 8 seconds back, but as little as people discussed his chances, he seemed 8 minutes back.

No longer. Leipheimer didn’t win Stage 6, that went to Aussie and Boulder resident Rory Sutherland. But his fifth-place finish was strong enough to catapult him into the lead, 9 seconds ahead of Vandevelde and 21 seconds ahead of Vangarderen.

And with only a time trial — a discipline Leipheimer used to take the lead on the way to victory last year — left in Denver on Sunday, suddenly Leipehmer looks like the man to beat.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 7, a time trial in Denver. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 5: Make that two stage wins for Tyler Farrar, who won a sprint in Colorado Springs to claim Stage 5 in the USA Pro Challenge.

While the win allowed Farrar to reclaim the Green Jersey for top sprinter, the yellow jersey remained with Tejay Van Garderen , who still shares the same time with  Christian VandeVelde.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 6, from Golden to Boulder. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 4: Jens Voigt knew how hard the first three days of the USA Pro Challenge had been. He knew that the favorites might want to keep an eye on each other and take it easy during Stage 4.

So the wily veteran known as the “King of Pain” joined a breakaway to start the day, left them behind to atop Independence Pass, then held on to record a wire-to-wire victory, winning by almost 3 minutes when he reached the finish line in Beaver Creek. (Skiing great Lindsey Vonn presented him with an award.)

Since the 40-year-old Voigt was no threat to the overall lead, standing 11:50 back at the start of the stage, the peleton made little effort to catch him. That didn’t mean the leaders in the peleton — Christian VandeVelde and Tejay Van Garderen — weren’t jockeying for a better position.

Even though the two finished with the same time for the third straight day, Van Garderen took back the yellow jersey on points — just as VandeVelde had taken it from him in Stage 3. Andreas Kloden finished second in the stage, just ahead of Van Garderen.

After the top two, the others in the top 5 still include Ivan Rovny (6  seconds back), followed by defending champ Levi Leipheimer and Ramiro Rincon (both 8 seconds back).

Here’s an Overview of Stage 5, from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

Stage 3: Tom Danielson had the ride of his life in Stage 3, joining an early breakaway and staying away from the peleton just long enough to claim a thrilling victory in the USA Pro Challenge.

Danielson was one of the first over Cottonwood Pass and then topped Independence Pass some 1:45 ahead of the peleton, which was impressive enough. But then he withstood the onslaught of the peleton into Aspen, only winning the race by 2 seconds.

The Garmin rider, only 12 seconds back in the Overall Standings at the start of the day, now stands 10 seconds behind race leader Christian VandeVelde, who shares the same time as previous leader Tejay Van Garderen but leads on points.

The top 5, after VandeVelde and Van Garderen, includes Ivan Rovny (6  seconds back), defending champ Levi Leipheimer and Ramiro Rincon (both 8 seconds back), and Danielson is now sixth, 10 seconds back. American Chris Horner is now ninth, 12 seconds back.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 4, from Aspen to Beaver Creek. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 2: What a comeback! Tejay Van Garderen, seemingly out of contention when the peleton entered Crested Butte, rallied in the final climb to claim Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.

The Boulder-based rider won just ahead of a charging Christian VandeVelde, who also was buried late in the race.  Russian rider Ivan Rovny joined the Americans on the podium by finishing third.

Van Garderen now is the overall leader, in a tie with VandeVelde, followed by Rovny (6 seconds back) and defending champ Levi Leipheimer (8 seconds back). Ramiro Rincon stands fifth (also 8 seconds back), while Americans Chris Horner (8th) and Tom Danielson are both just 12 seconds back.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 3, from Gunnison to Aspen. The Queen Stage of this race includes a pair of epic climbs of Cottonwood Pass and then Independence Pass. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 1: Tyler Farrar is the man to beat after the first stage of the USA Pro Challenge. The American took advantage of a lead-out by Rory Sutherland, whose own sprinter was not in position to challenge, to spring into a lead he never lost and win the 125-mile stage that finished in Telluride.

A large pack of contenders finished with the same time, including efending champion Levi Leipheimer, Fred Rodriguez, Chris Horner, Tejay Van Garderen, Jens Voigt, George Hincapie, Andreas Kloden and Tom Danielson.

The pace was too much for some other elite riders, though. Vincenzo Nibali, third-place finisher at the Tour de France, was in a group that finished 1:46 back. Cadel Evans, Ivan Basso and American Taylor Phinney were  much farther back, trailing in 12:45 after the leaders.

Hear what the winners had to say in this Denver Post story.

The USA Pro Challenge continues through Sunday, Aug. 26.  Levi Leipheimer is the defending champion in the race, which also includes six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de FranceVincenzo Nibali (3rd), Tejay Van Garderen (5th), Evans (7th), Janez Brajkovic (9th), Andreas Kloden (11th) and Chris Horner (13).  Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the Olympics, also will compete.

Top teams participating include BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin and Astana. See all the teams on the race’s official website here.

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Vote in our poll to predict who will win the second USA Pro Challenge bike race in Colorado

UPDATE: Get updates for each stage and final results right here.

World’s best cyclists rave about USA Pro Challenge, starting Aug. 20 in Colorado

Cadel Evans

UPDATE: Get updates for each stage and final results right here.

The USA Pro Challenge starts today (Aug. 20) in Durango, with Stage 1 finishing 125 miles later in Telluride. Here’s an overview of the stagewhich you can watch starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

AUG. 17: On second thought, Andy Schleck will NOT race in the USA Pro Challenge as he continues to recover from a fractured pelvis. Learn more.

AUG. 15: It may only be in its second year, but the USA Pro Challenge has a great reputation among the world’s best riders.

At least that was the consensus of a story in the Denver Post, which quoted the likes of 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, veteran Jens Voigt and American Christian Vandevelde praising the race.

Of course, everything can’t be perfect. Hear what Vandevelde has to say about one big change in this year’s race, which begins with Stage 1 in Durango on Monday (Aug. 20) and finishes with a time trial on Aug. 26 in Denver. See the entire route.

Levi Leipheimer will defend his title in the race that also will feature the return to racing by Andy Schleck, who has been out since an April injury.  The race also will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de FranceVincenzo Nibali (3rd), Tejay Van Garderen (5th), Evans (7th), Janez Brajkovic (9th), Andreas Kloden (11th) and Chris Horner (13).  Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the Olympics, also will compete

Top teams participating include BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin and Astana. See all the teams on the race’s official website here to learn what other top riders will compete.

Race organizers, aiming to correct a big gap in last year’s TV coverage when viewers were left in the dark, have created a plan to ensure coverage of the thrilling downhill on Independence Pass into Aspen. Read how.  In addition to being streamed live online, the race will be aired on the NBC Sports Network Monday-Friday, then on NBC Saturday and Sunday. Find listings here.

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Vincenzo Nibali, Tejay Van Garderen, Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck challenge defending champ Levi Leipheimer in USA Pro Challenge in Colorado

UPDATE: Get updates for each stage and final results right here.

The field just keeps getting stronger for the upcoming USA Pro Challenge in Colorado (Aug. 20-26).

How good is the field? Organizers note that the race will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali (3rd), Tejay Van Garderen (5th), Cadel Evans (7th and last year’s Tour champion), Janez Brajkovic (9th), Andreas Kloden (11R) and Chris Horner (13).

Other fine riders are coming as well. Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the Olympics, and 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck also will compete. This will be the popular Schleck’s first race since a pelvis injury he suffered in June. As previously reported, Levi Leipheimer will return to defend his title.

Find out more about who’s racing and what teams are coming.

This year’s race will start Aug. 20 in Durango and finish with a time trial on Aug. 26 in Denver. See the entire route.  Race organizers, aiming to correct a big gap in last year’s TV coverage when viewers were left in the dark, have created a plan to ensure coverage of the thrilling downhill on Independendence Pass into Aspen. Read how.

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Levi Leipheimer to defend USA Pro Cycling Challenge crown; Cadel Evans will race again

Levi Leipheimer accepting cheers after winning last year’s inaugural race.

Levi Leipheimer will defend his title in August at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans will return for his second shot at the Colorado race.

Race CEO Shawn Hunter announced those participants on July 10, as well as the top teams participating, including the likes of BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin and Astana. See all the teams on the race’s official website here and learn what other top riders now in the Tour de France might compete as well in this Denver Post story.

This year’s race will start Aug. 20 in Durango and finish with a time trial on Aug. 26 in Denver. See the entire route.  Race organizers, aiming to correct a big gap in last year’s TV coverage when viewers were left in the dark, have created a plan to ensure coverage of the thrilling downhill on Independendence Pass into Aspen. Read how.

Last year’s inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was a huge success, with more than a million people coming out to attend the return of professional bicycling to Colorado. Levi Leipheimer won the closely-contested race over Christian VandeVelde and Tejay van Garderen. Other superstars like Andy Schleck and brother Frank also came to Colorado.

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USA Pro Cycling announces an exciting Colorado route for second edition in August

Levi Leipheimer won the inaugural USA Pro Challenge

UPDATE: Race organizers, aiming to correct a big gap in last year’s TV coverage when viewers were left in the dark, have created a plan to ensure coverage of the thrilling downhill on Independendence Pass into Aspen. Read how.

Last year’s inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was a huge success, with more than a million people coming out to attend the return of professional bicycling to Colorado.

The week-long stage race was a thriller, with breathtaking (literally) climbs and multiple leaders. When all was said and done, Levi Leipheimer won the closely-contested race over Christian VandeVelde and Tejay van Garderen. Other superstars like Tour de France champ Cadel Evans , Andy Schleck (and brother Frank) also came to Colorado.

So it’s no surprise that excitement is high for the second edition of the race in August. Organizers previously released the name of host cities, and now they’ve released the actual routes, which includes multiple mountain-top finishes as well as a time trial on the final day. See the routes.

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