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Morning photo: 2012 USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge

Celebrating two-wheelers

Riders jockey for position during a parade lap around Breckenridge, Colorado before the start of Stage 5 of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

SUMMIT COUNTY —Breckenridge has always been a bike-crazy town, and when the 2012 USA Pro Challenge came to town Aug. 24 it was a great excuse for a day-long party. After a thrilling start along Main Street, some cycling enthusiasts enjoyed citizen sprints, live music and bike-themed art, while other simply settled in to watch the racers on a huge outdoor screen. Stage 5 saw the racers climb Hoosier Pass, speed through the wide-open spaces of South Park, then breach the Front Range mountains before speeding down into Colorado Springs, where the peleton caught up with an early breakaway group to set up an exiting sprint finish, won by Tyler Farrar, just ahead of Taylor Phinney. Tejay van Garderen is still wearing the yellow jersey but could face some challenges on Saturday’s all-important Golden-to Boulder-stage. Get all the results and follow the tour live at  http://usaprocyclingchallenge.com/.

Faces in the peleton …

Excitement builds during the pre-race sign-in ceremonies.

USA Pro Challenge riders pick up speed during the second parade lap in Breckenridge.

After the start, festivities continued at the Breckenridge River Walk Center with BMX demos.

E.T., anyone?

Bike-inspired sidewalk art.

Watching the stage unfold on a big screen at the River Walk Center in Breckenridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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