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Stage 2 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge featured a challenging ride in the mountains under blue skies and saw an unexpected finish, with Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team pulling through to take the stage win and the overall lead. Following close behind were Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda in second and Ivan Rovny (RUS) of RusVelo in third. After today’s performance, van Garderen takes the overall lead to claim the Exergy Leader Jersey.
Reaching impressive average uphill speeds of 25 mph, the riders gave it their all to keep the competition going strong heading into returning host city Crested Butte. An early break of about 30 riders wouldn’t stick, but did lead to a smaller group of 12 tearing off the front to form a breakaway that would last up until the last minutes of the stage. But in an unexpected last minute push, van Garderen came out of nowhere with Vande Velde on his wheel, to take the stage win and the overall lead.
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Download: Stage 2 Spectator Guide
Download: Stage 2 Route Map
Download: Stage 2 Start Map
Download: Stage 2 Finish Map
Download: Stage 2 Profile
Download: Stage 2 Timetable
Download: Stage 2 Forecast
Here is what you CAN do.
- Watch the start or watch the finish, but not both.
- Watch at any point on course, including the 2 KOM and 2 Sprint points.
Here is what you CANNOT do.
- Get from any point on course to the finish line before the riders. This includes the start. There are simply no alternate routes to get around the race.
- Cerro Summit
- Blue Mesa
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