Highlights from the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

With Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome and a host of the world's best cyclists opting to race in Colorado, the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge featured some of the best racing and fastest riders to ever grace American roads. While Froome was felled by the altitude and a lack of training post-Tour, the race proved to be a form of redemption for Tejay van Garderen after he faltered at the Tour. Overcoming strong resistance from Team Garmin-Sharp, van Garderen won his second major American stage race of the year. (Garret Ellwood/GettyImages)
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With Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome and a host of the world's best cyclists opting to race in Colorado, the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge featured some of the best racing and fastest riders to ever grace American roads. While Froome was felled by the altitude and a lack of training post-Tour, the race proved to be a form of redemption for Tejay van Garderen after he faltered at the Tour. Overcoming strong resistance from Team Garmin-Sharp, van Garderen won his second major American stage race of the year.

Stage 1

Peter Sagan was absolutely dominant at the race. Here, he wins stage one in Aspen, Colorado.

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Stage 2

Jens Voigt, a fan favorite, rides toward the summit of Independence Pass. Mathias Fränk of BMC Racing Team went on to win the stage with Lachlan David Morton doning the yellow jersey.

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Stage 3

Sagan sprinted to his second win on stage 3 as Lachlan David Morton retained the overall lead.


Stage 4: The Breakaway

Michael Rogers of Australia and Team Saxo-Tinkoff leads a breakaway during stage four. The break was caught before the finish.

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Stage Four: The Chase

Lawson Craddock, a young American riding for Bontrager Cycling Team, approaches the finish on stage four, where he finished in 20th place.

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Stage 4: The Leaders

Janier Alexis Acevedo beats American Tejay van Garderen to the line on stage four. Garderen took on the yellow jersey after distancing Lachlan Morton.

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Stage 5

Tejay van Garderen secured his overall victory on the stage 5 iconic time trial up Vail Pass, putting four seconds into Andrew Talansky, the second place finisher on the day.

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Stage 5: The Tour de France Winner Struggles

Chris Froome, winner of the 2013 Tour de France, fights his way up Vail Pass. He finished 49th on the stage.

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Stage 6

Sagan wins yet another stage, this time in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

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Stage 6: Defending the Yellow Jersey

Tejay van Garderen defends the overall race leader's yellow jersey during stage six.

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Peter Sagan wins another stage, on the race's final day in Denver.

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The Final Podium

The final podium: Tejay van Garderen in 1st, Mathias Frank in 2nd, and Tom Danielson in 3rd.

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