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2012 USA Pro Challenge - Stage 4
 
By Heath Langle
Date: 8/23/2012
2012 USA Pro Challenge - Stage 4
 
Jens Voigt (Radio Shack-Nissan) is a brute. On a rather nasty day of weather Voigt joined, and then muscled his way past the initial breakaway group before he summited Independence Pass with more than a two minute lead. He never looked back. Battling wicked cross-winds and thunderstorms, he appeared undeterred, and managed to build time gaps of more than six minutes over the peloton. Voigt lead the race for all but nine of the 97.2 mile route. As he crossed the finish line to deafening accolades from the huge crowd of spectators, you could tell he was quite pleased with his victory, wearing a well-deserved smile.

Behind Voigt the battle for the King of the Mountain competition raged on with Camilo Castiblanco (EPM-UNE) attacking on the climb to Battle Mountain grabbing 7 points from the grasp of Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) who dons the KOM jersey, but who now leads that competition by only a handful of points.

The other battle taking place behind Voigt was for the leader’s yellow jersey. After losing the jersey due to a count-back showing a one-second difference, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) sought to reclaim the race lead from Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp). Van Garderen hammered toward the finish, creating enough of a gap to pull a reverse-count-back on Vande Velde and reclaim the yellow jersey.

Stage 5 takes the riders 117.9 miles from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs.

RESULTS

1 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 3:54:00
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:02:58
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
5 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan
6 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp
7 Ivan Rovny (Rus) RusVelo
8 Joe Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong
9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
10 Ramiro Rincon (Col) EPM-UNE

General Classification after Stage 4

1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 17:34:18
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp
3 Ivan Rovny (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:06
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:08
5 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:00:12
6 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
7 Ramiro Rincon Diaz (Col) EPM - Une 0:00:13
8 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:15
9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:17
10 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan

About the author: A trial attorney by trade, Heath Langle returned to bicycle racing after a 12-year hiatus in order to achieve his lifetime goal of becoming a failed Masters category racer. He is a member of the Sacramento Golden Wheelmen Bicycle Racing Team, and a former college basketball player. He is a native Californian, who also earned a Masters Degree in Business, and is a freelance writer and contributor to The Daily Peloton.


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