USA Pro Challenge, a European Perspective

Damiano Caruso on Stage 7 of the USAPCFinishing 12th overall, Damiano Caruso was Liquigas-Cannondale's top finisher. Photo: Liquigas

A quick look at the final standings of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge reveal a race that was largely dominated by American racers. Though half of the 16 teams in the race were UCI Pro Tour or other international teams, six of seven stages and seven of the 10 GC spots went to U.S. riders. Those skewed results partly reflect Americans' motivation to win on home turf, though that's not the whole story since teams with U.S. sponsors, such as Radioshack and Liquigas-Cannondale, underperformed in spite of the same incentives. Seeing Cadel Evans off the back on the mountainous Stage 3 and past Tour hopefuls like Roman Kreuziger and Ivan Basso well down the final standings (33rd and 76th, respectively), I wondered why Europeans hadn't done better and what they thought of the race.

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