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Oss is Boss on final stage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

by Shane Stokes at 3:28 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
 
Leipheimer takes final yellow jersey in Denver

Daniel OssOvernight leader Levi Leipheimer has won the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, successfully controlling his main rivals on the final stage to Denver and finishing sixth in the final sprint to the line. Quickest in the final 200 metres was the Liquigas-Cannondale rider Daniel Oss, who had worked Friday and Saturday to set up his team-mate Elia Viviani, and who was rewarded today by the Italian when he handed him the win.

Freddy Rodriguez (Team Exergy) picked up third place, one ahead of Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Cervélo). Leipheimer policed the moves on the final lap, marking one effort by Tejay Van Garderen (HTC Highroad), who started the day third overall, and then fought it out for the sprint. He rolled over the line in sixth, and with his rivals missing out on the time bonus, he retained his yellow jersey and triumphed overall.

“It’s hard to put into words and to describe the emotion and experience that I’ve had this week,” said Leipheimer afterwards. “Today has been the biggest crowd that I’ve seen in the U.S. and that is really saying something.

“This race really raised the bar for American cycling. This victory means so much to me because of the way we raced this week. It took every ounce of energy and motivation we had to pull it off.”

Oss appeared to work as usual to lead out Viviani, but the latter eased back to allow his team-mate to win. He’s now clocked up the second victory of his pro career, following on from the Giro del Veneto last year. “The emotion is very strong for this victory because it is the fruit of hard work, so much belief and a harmony of incredible team,” he said.

“The will to win was very strong in order to prove my worth. I try to do all the races with this intensity and because my condition is good now, everything turns out in the best way.”

The new stage race was a major success; it was affected by TV transmission problems earlier in the week when the plane relaying the images had problems with freezing wings, but the huge crowds on evidence showed that the public had embraced the event. This was particularly evident on the final stage, with massive groups of spectators lining the circuit and making the race a big draw for any companies considering backing next year’s competition.

Early break gains time

The 115.9 kilometre final stage of the race started in Golden and then headed north out of town, returned to downtown Golden and then climbed Lookout Mountain. It would once again pass through Golden, then finally move onwards to Denver, where the riders would taken in six laps of an eight kilometre finishing circuit.

There was aggressive racing early on, then after approximately half an hour of racing the riders scaled the day’s sole King of the Mountains climb, that of Lookout mountain. There the Colombian EPM-UNE rider Rafael Infantino Abreu took top points, beating compatriot Rafael Montiel (Gobernacion De Antioquia - Indeportes Antioquia), Christian Vande Velde (Team Garmin-Cervélo), Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) and Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) to the summit.

Montiel’s second place on the climb was enough to seal his win in the classification, with the rider beating another Colombian Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (EPM – UNE) by a single point.

The first riders past the summit pushed ahead in a group and were caught soon afterwards by another bunch. Present here were Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad), Peter Stetina and Tom Peterson (Garmin-Cervelo) and more.

Just over an hour into the stage, four riders clipped away. They were Oscar Sevilla (Gobernacion De Antioquia - Indeportes Antioquia), Matt Cooke (Exergy), Javier Megias (Team Type 1) and Lachlan Norris (HTC-Highroad). Sevilla was the best placed, having started the day three minutes 16 seconds off Leipheimer’s yellow jersey.

After 62 kilometres the quartet had gained 55 seconds; this was up to one minute 15 seconds with 48 kilometres left, and rose to two and a half minutes on lap two of six. However with three laps to go it had plummeted to just 45 seconds and this prompted Megias to go clear. Norris resisted and chased, while the other two were recaptured. The move was finally brought back eleven kilometres from the finish.

Late surges in finale

A bunch sprint was looking more and more likely but some riders had other hopes. The Kiwi national champion Hayden Roulston (HTC Highroad) put in an aggressive attack with nine clicks left and gained a good gap; he raced onto the last lap and was joined by Oscar Alverez (Gobernacion de Antioquia) and Ryan Roth (SpiderTech p/b C10).

Surprisingly, Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) set off in pursuit and tried to get across. However there was a general regrouping heading into the final two kilometres and things were set for a bunch sprint. Van Garderen did what he could to try to shake Leipheimer off, but despite a fully committed surge, the elastic wouldn’t snap.

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) had been the quickest in the previous two stages and said after yesterday’s win that he planned to aim for three in a row. However in the gallop to the line, he eased back rather than coming around leadout man Daniel Oss. The Italian duly won the stage, leading Viviani and Rodriguez in. Leipheimer took sixth and won the race overall, becoming the first winner in its history.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge (2.1) Stage 6 Results: Golden to Denver (114.1 km)

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
ita ITA 1 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) 02:27:08
ita ITA 2 Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
usa USA 3 Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy) s.t.
usa USA 4 Daniel Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
usa USA 5 Pipp Frank (Bissel Pro Cycling) 00:00:02
ger GER 6 Robert Förster (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
usa USA 7 Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) s.t.
col COL 8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) s.t.
aus AUS 9 Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
gbr GBR 10 Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
usa USA 11 George Hincapie (BMC Racing) s.t.
ned NED 12 Stef Clement (Rabobank) s.t.
den DEN 13 Martin Mortensen (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
lux LUX 14 Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
usa USA 15 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
por POR 16 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
usa USA 17 Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
rus RUS 18 Ivan Rovny (RadioShack) s.t.
lux LUX 19 Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ned NED 20 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) s.t.
aus AUS 21 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) s.t.
col COL 22 Juan Pablo Suarez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
ger GER 23 Martin Reimer (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
col COL 24 Jaime Alberto Castaneda Ortega (UNE - EPM) s.t.
usa USA 25 Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
col COL 26 Rafael Infantino Abreu (UNE - EPM) s.t.
usa USA 27 William Dugan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
usa USA 28 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) s.t.
rus RUS 29 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
usa USA 30 Lucas Euser (SpiderTech powered by C10) s.t.
usa USA 31 Chad Beyer (BMC Racing) s.t.
den DEN 32 Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
usa USA 33 Christopher Baldwin (Bissel Pro Cycling) s.t.
ger GER 34 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) s.t.
ned NED 35 Pieter Weening (Rabobank) s.t.
usa USA 36 Peter Stetina (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
swe SWE 37 Tobias Ludvigsson (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
col COL 38 Rafael Montiel (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) s.t.
svk SVK 39 Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
esp ESP 40 Oscar Sevilla (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) s.t.
swe SWE 41 Gustav Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
den DEN 42 Anders Lund (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
usa USA 43 Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
lux LUX 44 Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
usa USA 45 Benjamin King (RadioShack) s.t.
col COL 46 Andrès Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) s.t.
ned NED 47 Robert Gesink (Rabobank) s.t.
sui SUI 48 Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
col COL 49 Carlos Fernando Piamonte Rodriguez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
usa USA 50 Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda) s.t.
usa USA 51 Chris Butler (BMC Racing) s.t.
col COL 52 Edward Alexander Beltran Suarez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 53 Javier Acevedo (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:00:15
ned NED 54 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) s.t.
aut AUT 55 Stefan Denifl (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
col COL 56 Cristian Montoya (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:00:24
esp ESP 57 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
rus RUS 58 Vladimir Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
esp ESP 59 Javier Mejias Leal (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
ukr UKR 60 Valery Kobzarenko (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
col COL 61 Stiver Edward Ortiz (UNE - EPM) s.t.
usa USA 62 Benjamin Jacques-maynes (Bissel Pro Cycling) s.t.
bel BEL 63 Ben Hermans (RadioShack) 00:00:36
den DEN 64 Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
col COL 65 Oscar Alvarez (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:00:38
col COL 66 Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (UNE - EPM) s.t.
usa USA 67 Matt Cooke (Team Exergy) s.t.
usa USA 68 Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
irl IRL 69 Philip Deignan (RadioShack) s.t.
nzl NZL 70 George Bennett (RadioShack) s.t.
can CAN 71 Francois Parisien (SpiderTech powered by C10) 00:00:49
usa USA 72 Timothy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 73 Lachlan Norris (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:53
col COL 74 Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:00:59
can CAN 75 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
usa USA 76 Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:01:02
usa USA 77 Adrian Hegyvari (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
can CAN 78 Ryan Roth (SpiderTech powered by C10) 00:01:08
ita ITA 79 Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:01:11
ger GER 80 Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
usa USA 81 Jeff Louder (BMC Racing) 00:01:38
nzl NZL 82 Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad) 00:01:49
usa USA 83 Craig Lewis (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 84 Davide Cimolai (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:02:26
usa USA 85 Eric Slack (Team Exergy) s.t.
usa USA 86 Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda) 00:03:24
aus AUS 87 Thimothy Roe (BMC Racing) 00:03:29
can CAN 88 Sebastian Salas (Team Exergy) 00:06:27
ger GER 89 Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
usa USA 90 Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) s.t.
aus AUS DNF Alastair Loutit (Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda)  
rsa RSA DNF Jay Robert Thomson (Bissel Pro Cycling)  
nzl NZL DNF Jeremy Vennell (Bissel Pro Cycling)  
can CAN DNF Nic Hamilton (Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda)  
usa USA DNF Scott Zwizanski (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis)  

Final general classification:

Country Result Name Team Time
usa USA 1 Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) 20:00:24
usa USA 2 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:11
usa USA 3 Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:17
usa USA 4 Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:21
usa USA 5 George Hincapie (BMC Racing) 00:00:53
col COL 6 Rafael Infantino Abreu (UNE - EPM) 00:01:14
aus AUS 7 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) 00:01:18
ned NED 8 Stef Clement (Rabobank) 00:01:42
por POR 9 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Leopard-Trek) 00:01:49
aus AUS 10 Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:01:50
rus RUS 11 Ivan Rovny (RadioShack) 00:02:07
lux LUX 12 Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 00:02:17
col COL 13 Juan Pablo Suarez (UNE - EPM) 00:02:20
usa USA 14 Christopher Baldwin (Bissel Pro Cycling) 00:02:38
ned NED 15 Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 00:02:46
col COL 16 Javier Acevedo (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:02:48
esp ESP 17 Oscar Sevilla (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:03:13
col COL 18 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:03:14
usa USA 19 Peter Stetina (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:03:26
col COL 20 Edward Alexander Beltran Suarez (UNE - EPM) 00:03:35
usa USA 21 Jeff Louder (BMC Racing) 00:03:53
usa USA 22 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) 00:03:54
swe SWE 23 Gustav Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:04:11
usa USA 24 Lucas Euser (SpiderTech powered by C10) 00:04:28
col COL 25 Jaime Alberto Castaneda Ortega (UNE - EPM) 00:04:55
swe SWE 26 Tobias Ludvigsson (Skil-Shimano) 00:05:55
aut AUT 27 Stefan Denifl (Leopard-Trek) 00:06:01
can CAN 28 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:06:05
col COL 29 Andrès Miguel Diaz Corrales (Team Exergy) 00:06:10
ita ITA 30 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:06:12
usa USA 31 Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda) 00:06:16
den DEN 32 Anders Lund (Leopard-Trek) 00:06:42
lux LUX 33 Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 00:06:55
lux LUX 34 Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:07:34
ita ITA 35 Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 36 Pieter Weening (Rabobank) 00:07:36
col COL 37 Carlos Fernando Piamonte Rodriguez (UNE - EPM) 00:07:37
sui SUI 38 Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:07:43
rus RUS 39 Vladimir Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:08:00
irl IRL 40 Philip Deignan (RadioShack) 00:08:28
col COL 41 Stiver Edward Ortiz (UNE - EPM) 00:08:51
col COL 42 Rafael Montiel (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:09:37
usa USA 43 Timothy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:09:40
col COL 44 Cristian Montoya (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:09:51
ger GER 45 Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek) 00:10:20
usa USA 46 Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:10:33
esp ESP 47 Javier Mejias Leal (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:10:54
esp ESP 48 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:11:24
rus RUS 49 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:11:37
aus AUS 50 Lachlan Norris (HTC-Highroad) 00:12:03
usa USA 51 Daniel Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:14:23
usa USA 52 Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:14:27
nzl NZL 53 George Bennett (RadioShack) 00:14:36
usa USA 54 Chris Butler (BMC Racing) 00:14:40
usa USA 55 Chad Beyer (BMC Racing) 00:15:01
usa USA 56 William Dugan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:15:08
col COL 57 Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:15:16
col COL 58 Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (UNE - EPM) 00:16:14
nzl NZL 59 Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad) 00:16:42
usa USA 60 Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) 00:16:45
svk SVK 61 Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) 00:16:48
ned NED 62 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) 00:17:20
gbr GBR 63 Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:18:05
ned NED 64 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) 00:18:54
ukr UKR 65 Valery Kobzarenko (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:19:21
usa USA 66 Benjamin King (RadioShack) 00:19:25
usa USA 67 Matt Cooke (Team Exergy) 00:19:29
can CAN 68 Sebastian Salas (Team Exergy) 00:20:26
den DEN 69 Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:20:57
col COL 70 Oscar Alvarez (Gobernation De Antioquia - Indeportes ...) 00:21:29
ger GER 71 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) 00:22:48
usa USA 72 Benjamin Jacques-maynes (Bissel Pro Cycling) 00:24:04
ita ITA 73 Davide Cimolai (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:24:27
ita ITA 74 Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:26:14
ger GER 75 Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) 00:26:47
can CAN 76 Francois Parisien (SpiderTech powered by C10) 00:28:01
den DEN 77 Martin Mortensen (Leopard-Trek) 00:29:31
usa USA 78 Fred Rodriguez (Team Exergy) 00:29:32
usa USA 79 Pipp Frank (Bissel Pro Cycling) 00:29:43
den DEN 80 Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:30:05
usa USA 81 Eric Slack (Team Exergy) 00:31:14
ger GER 82 Martin Reimer (Skil-Shimano) 00:31:42
ger GER 83 Robert Förster (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:33:35
aus AUS 84 Thimothy Roe (BMC Racing) 00:33:49
usa USA 85 Craig Lewis (HTC-Highroad) 00:36:35
usa USA 86 Adrian Hegyvari (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:40:10
usa USA 87 Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda) 00:41:17
usa USA 88 Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare Presented By Maxxis) 00:42:09
can CAN 89 Ryan Roth (SpiderTech powered by C10) 00:42:39
bel BEL 90 Ben Hermans (RadioShack) 00:43:08

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