(Megan Verlee/CPR News)The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is beginning in Aspen.
Over 120 of the world's top cyclists will be competing in a circuit race between Aspen and Snowmass on Monday, closing Colorado Highway 82 between about 1 and 5 p.m.
Following the opening stage, the cyclists will ride 105 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte on Tuesday. The hilly Stage 3 on Wednesday is a 96-mile trek from Gunnison to a steep finish at Monarch Mountain.
Aspen's Tejay van Garderen is the defending champion and favorite in the 16-team race.
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