USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 winner, BMC rider Bookwalter
Stage 2 leaves Steamboat Springs and quickly starts climbing over Rabbit Ear's pass en-route to Loveland Pass and Arapahoe Basin. Team BMC controlled the peleton with Yellow Jersey winner Taylor Phinney in tow.
Rohan Dennis once again pulled his team up and over the high mountain passes to victory, finishing second on the stage. With Bookwalter close behind Dennis charged hard to catch the two rides in the break. At 500 meters Dennis lead out Bookwalter for the sprint finish and stage win. Bookwalter is now the Yellow Jersey winner and will wear it tomorrow on stage 3 from Copper Mtn to Aspen.
Taylor Phinney wins USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 in Steamboat Springs
“I was pretty much blown away crossing the finish line and it’s going to take awhile to fully process the whole day,” said Taylor Phinney. “I can tell you crossing the finish line and the roar of the crowd was really special and it was really emotional and was the electric moment that we all live for.”
Phinney outsprinted training partner Kiel Reijnen of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team and BMC Racing teammate Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing, who took second and third, respectively.
“It was an incredible day in Steamboat Springs and we had the biggest crowds we’ve seen at the start of any of our races,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of USA Pro Challenge. “The impact on the community is tremendous with 100% occupancy in the hotels, and that’s a wonderful thing besides seeing the best cyclists in the world.”
As the Pro Challenge says goodbye to its overall start host, Steamboat Springs, it welcomes a new member to the family with the race’s first visit to Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Pass.
Leaving Steamboat Springs there is little time to settle in before the racers have to tackle Rabbit Ears Pass. From there, this familiar route heads south through Kremmling, over Ute Pass, and continues through Silverthorne and Dillon. Unlike years past, the 2015 Pro Challenge will then turn east and suffer 5 miles up Loveland Pass to Arapahoe Basin. Look for jerseys to change hands, dreams fulfilled, and expectations dashed on this new mountain top finish.
Another new twist on an old favorite, but this time it is the opening that changes. Copper Mountain plays host to its first ever Pro Challenge stage and sends off Stage 3 in style. While familiar terrain and faces await the race on Independence Pass and Aspen.
No rest for the weary this day as the climbing starts right away with the ascent of Freemont Pass. Then onto the gorgeous shores of Turquoise Lake and a quick sprint through Leadville. But that is just the appetizer, the main course awaits on the upper slopes of Independence Pass and then down its breathtaking descent into Aspen where some of the most memorable moments in Pro Challenge history have played out.
PS- Over half of Stage 3 race mileage takes place above 10,000’. Bring your lungs.
Trek Factory Racing announces Vuelta a España roster
Fabian Cancellara, Markel Irizar, Jasper Stuyven, Yaroslav Popovych, Fränk Schleck, Boy Van Poppel, Danny Van Poppel, Riccardo Zoidl and Haimar Zubeldia will be the nine riders at the start of the Vuelta a España (August 22 - September 13) in Marbella.
“I believe we are bringing a strong and balanced team to the start of the third Grand Tour of the season,” says General Manager Luca Guercilena. “We have our eyes set on the GC with Fränk (Schleck) and we’d like to come home with at least one stage win.”