Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jens Almost Pulls Off The Upset


Sadly Jens didn't pull it off. Breaking away from the early breakaway with under 40K to go Voigt was caught by the peloton with 750m to go, leading to a sprint victory by Cannondale's Viviani. That's his 3rd stage win in Colorado. I saw his first win in person in the VIP tent about 50m from the line in 2011.

Going back to yesterday's Stage 3 (sorry I didn't get an update posted, Rapids game) it blew up the leader board. Early on a small group of 8 including Michael Rodgers, Teejay, Alex Howes, Tommy D, and Jainer Acevedo got off the front during the first climb of Monarch Mountain. TREK hammered the peloton to close the gap and a small group that included Matthew Buche and Rafal Majka caught the leaders before the second climb up Monarch. The group stayed together for the most part until the last 4K when the big names dropped the rest, including leader Alex Howes. With 1K to go Teejay attacked and only Majka was able to go with him. Teejay won the stage, took the overall lead, and barring a disaster should defend his 2013 race victory.

1. Elia Viviani - Cannondale
2. Martin Kohler - BMC
3. Serghei Tvetcov - Jelly Belly

1. Teejay Van Garderen - BMC
2. Rafal Majka - Saxo-Tinkoff ( :20)
3. Ben Hermans - BMC ( :23)

1. Kiel Reijnen - UHC (27)
2. Danny Summerhill - UHC (23)
3. Tyler Magner - Hincapie (17)

1. Ben Jacques-Maynes - Jamis-Hagens (35)
2. Teejay Van Garderen - BMC (27)
3. Ben Hermans - BMC (23)

Young Rider:
1. Clement Chevrier - Bissell
2. Ruben Zepuntke - Bissell (5:37)
3. Tanner Putt - Bissell ( 12:45)

1. BMC
2. TREK (2:54)
3. Garmin-SHARP (4:24)

Most aggressive for Stage 3 was Michael Rodgers. Most aggressive today was obviously Jens Voigt.

Teejay took the Best Colorado jersey after Stage 2 and keeps it as long as he stays in the lead.

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