The USA Pro Cycling Challenge overall title was won today by Boulder, Colorado rider Tejay van Garderen. Today was Stage 7 of the U.S. version of the Tour de France, which attracts riders from around the world. After being ahead by as much as two minutes during the 78.4 mile stage, the breakaway pack was caught in downtown Denver and a down-to-the-wire sprint resulted in the stage win by U.S. Garmin Sharp rider Alex Howes.
However, today belonged to cycling veteran Jens Voight, who set the pace up Lookout Mountain and looked like the possible stage winner until the last lap in downtown Denver. This was Voight’s last stage in his last race, and as the peloton absorbed him back into the pack many passing riders honored him with pats on the back.
Tejay van Garderen came into the day with a 1:32 lead over U.S. rider Tom Danielson. Today’s route took the riders from Boulder to Golden, then on to finish in Denver. Today was the seventh stage in the 3-year-old race that began this year in Aspen.
By Beth A. Balen
USA Pro Cycling Challenge