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USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Vande Velde takes title

Jens Voigt of Germany riding for Radioshack-Nissan attacks the breakaway on the start of the Flagstaff Mountain climb to the finish of stage six of the USA Pro Challenge from Golden to Boulder, Aug. 25, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. Voigt finished third in the stage and earned the king of the mountains jersey. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

Taylor Phinney wins final time trial stage in Denver

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — American cyclists swept the top three spots in the second edition of America’s Race, the seven-stage 2012 USA Pro Challenge that saw top racers from around the world battling their away across some of pro cycling’s highest terrain. Full results here.

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda) outdueled rival Tejay van Garderen  in the final stage, a time trial through the streets of Denver, for the win, while last year’s champ Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) took third place after briefly wearing the yellow leader’s jersey after Saturday’s penultimate stage from Golden to Boulder and up to finish at Flagstaff Mountain.

American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda) took the overall sprint title, while German Jens Voigt was crowned king of the mountain for his outstanding rides over high country passes, with summits as high as 12,000 feet.

Stage 7

  • First Place – Taylor Phinney (USA) of BMC Racing Team
  • Second Place – Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda
  • Third Place – Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team

Overall

  • First Place – Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda
  • Second Place – Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team
  • Third Place – Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Jerseys

  • Exergy Leader Jersey – Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda
  • Waste Management Sprint Jersey – Tyler Farrar (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda
  • Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey – Jens Voigt (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek
  • Aquadraat Best Young Rider Jersey – Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) of Bontrager Livestrong Team
  • Evolve Most Aggressive Rider Jersey (awarded for overall effort throughout the week) – Tom Danielson (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda
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