Sunday, August 28, 2011

Colorado's Final Stage

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge concluded with a third straight stage win for the Italian riders of the Liquigas-Cannondale team. Despite attempts by HTC-Highroad, Xergy, and others to grab a victory with a breakaway effort, the peloton caught the leaders in the final kilometers, and Daniel Oss took advantage for the sprint win. His first place finish was followed by teammate Elia Viviani, the winner of Stages 5 and 6 who finished second. American Freddy Rodriguez of Xergy rounded out the podium in third place on the stage, while Levi Leipheimer won the race overall. With speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour and the streets of downtown Denver packed with cheering spectators, it was an exciting finale for this inaugural race.

FINAL CIRCUITS: Riders completed six circuits through downtown before the big finish

HTC-Highroad leads breakaway
Ivan Basso leads chase group

Freddy Rodriguez takes a turn leading breakaway

Garmin-Cervelo heads chase group

Jens Voigt

Liquigas winners in lime green: Viviani (left), Oss (center)
Levi Leipheimer, overall winner

Frank Schleck (LUX)

Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas team leader

Stage winner Daniel Oss (ITA)
Rodriguez, Oss, Viviani

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