Thursday, August 23, 2012

UPCC Stage 4 - Aspen to Beaver Creek

Image from UPCC website


That's right, everybody's favorite rider decided to solo away from the group early and took the race all the way to the finish in Beaver Creek.  Jens Voight is probably the most popular racer int he pro peloton, with his only real competition being maybe George Hincapie.  At 41 years old next month he's ridden the Tour de France 15 times, and plans to ride it a 16th time next year.  Well know for yelling at his legs or his shadow while riding everybody in beaver Creek was happy to be yelling for him at the finish.  Along with the stage victory he was also presented a lifetime ski pass to Vail/Beaver Creek by Lindsey Vonn (Levi Leipheimer won the pass last year, so they can ski together).

Other than Jens soloing off the front it was a pretty bland day, which worked out because the coverage sucked due to technical difficulties.  Teejay Van Garderen led the peloton to the line and while he didn't pick up any time on Christian Vande Velde he finished in front of him, so he retook the yellow jersey.

Stage results:
1st: Jens Voight - Germany - Radio Shack-Nissan-TREK
2nd: Teejay Van Garderen - BMC
3rd: Andreas Kloden - Germany - Radio Shack-Nissan-TREK

Leader - Teejay Van Garderen - USA - BMC
Sprinter - Damiano Caruso - Italy - Liquigas-Cannondale
King of the Mountains - Tom Danielson - USA - Garmin-SHARP
Young Rider - Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski - USA - Bontrager-Livestrong
Most Agressive - Jens Voight - Germany - Radio Shack-Nissan-TREK
Team - Radio Shack-Nissan-TREK

The only real changes in the overall standings is that Tom Danielson, Peter Stetina, and Chris Horner got gapped at the end and lost 5 seconds on the leaders.  The big loser was U.S. National Road Champion Timmy Duggan, who lost a minute on the leaders and is probably out of contention  Other than that everyone with a realistic chance finished in the the main group.

Tomorrow's stage takes the riders onto the Front Range as they descend from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs.  Before they start dropping they have the one King of the Mountains climb over 11,500 foot Hoosier Pass that may cause another early break to get away.  Expect a bunch sprint in the Springs for the win if a group doesn't get away though, as this is really the sprinters first chance to shine since Monday's finish in Telluride.

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