Pro Challenge Takes Racers From Loveland to Fort Collins; Denver Sunday

· Aug. 22, 2015, 11:30 pm
Saturday's race leader at USA Pro ChallengeGrace Hood
Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic won Saturday's stage at the USA Pro Challenge which ended in downtown Fort Collins, August 22, 2015. 

"We weren't ready for the high altitude" said Kreuziger, team Tinkoff-Saxo rider, referring to earlier stages of the Challenge. But Saturday, Kreuziger said the team's plan was to try and win a stage. "Today was a good day to try because I started to feel a bit better. We had the plan to try and I'm really happy that it worked." 

Meanwhile, Australian Rohan Dennis, who races for BMC Racing, kept his overall lead to stay in the yellow leader's jersey. 

Kristin Armstrong wears the yellow jersey at inaugural women's Pro ChallengeGrace Hood
Kristin Armstrong remains in the leader's jersey at the inaugural women's USA Pro Challenge, August 22, 2105.

Wiles said that less than a mile to the finish  "I knew I was going to have to play it pretty patient and pretty smart since there were two Twenty 16 riders." With 400 meters left in the race, Wiles made her move to the finish line in Fort Collins.  "It was a long straight drag, and I knew if I could get a jump and get a little bit of a gap I could probably hold it."

The crowd watches the podium presentationGrace Hood
Hundreds of people turned out to watch the USA Pro Challenge finish stage 6 in Fort Collins, Colorado August 22, 2015.


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