DENVER, CO – American cyclist Levi Leipheimer won the first ever USA Pro Cycling Challenge 6 stage bike race for team RadioShack. This was great showing for Americans cyclist who took the top spots overall in the first inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
As the riders circled the city of Denver with only 2 laps to go Javier Megias broke away from the lead group and looked to be making an impressive sprint to the finish. However the peloton caught up to Megias on the final lap were Italian sprinters Elia Viviani and Daniel Oss once again made a break away with 1km to go.
Daniel Oss took the final stage win on Sunday with help from teammate Elia Viviani of Team Liquigas-Cannondale. Viviani the stronger sprinter who won back to back stages on the last two days held off the other racers and allowed his teammate to Daniel Oss to have the much deserved win on the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Just over a year ago cycling legend Lance Armstrong called then Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and mentioned he thought the state needed a major stage cycling race. A few months later we were invited to a special announcement at the capitol building where the Quiznos Pro Challenge was announced; now called the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. That day we had the opportunity to ride with Lance, the former Governor and thousands of road cyclist enthusiasts from around the state.
It was that moment we knew how big the USA Pro Cycling Challenge would be, however we had no idea how many people would end up lining the roads in support of the racers.
There are still some people that make fun of the sport, or people in spandex. I for one have become a fan of the sport, and who knows maybe one day a cyclist. Last but not least I would like to personally thank our talented photographers who put in the time and effort to capture the race from many angles including Kevin Krill, Ben Koelker, Jim Swanson and Soren McCarty. And of course our readers, many of whom are reading from overseas for the first time!! We appreciate the support..
Take a look at the jerseys for the race HERE.
Quiznos Leader Jersey Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack
Nissan King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey Rafael Montiel (COL) of Gobernacion de Antioquia
Smashburger Sprint Jersey Elia Viviani (ITA) of Liquigas Cannondale
Sheets Best Young Rider Jersey Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of HTC-Highroad
Exergy Most Aggressive Jersey Timothy Duggan (USA) of Liquigas-Cannondale
First Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack
Second Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Cervelo
Third Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of HTC-Highroad
Stage 6 Top-3
First Daniel Oss (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale
Second Elia Viviani (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale
Third Freddie Rodriguez (USA) of Team Exergy