"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.
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."