USA PRO CHALLENGE RESULTS: Mathias Frank wins Stage 2 in Breckenridge; Garmin Sharp’s Lachlan Morton takes overall lead | PostIndependent.com

USA PRO CHALLENGE RESULTS: Mathias Frank wins Stage 2 in Breckenridge; Garmin Sharp’s Lachlan Morton takes overall lead

Sebastian Foltz
Free Press Correspondent
sfoltz@summitdaily.com

STAGE 3: WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21

Stage 3 starts Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 12:10 p.m. in Breckenridge and ends in Steamboat Springs. Riders in Stage 3 will race for 105.9 miles and climb 5,865 feet.

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Stage 2 Results

• First – Mathias Fränk (SUI) of BMC Racing Team

• Second – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp

• Third – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling

GC Standings (overall)

• First – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp

• Second – Mathias Fränk (SUI) of BMC Racing Team

• Third – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling

Jersey Winners

• Smashburger Leader Jersey – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp

• Clif Bar Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling

• Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey – Matt Cooke (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home

• FirstBank Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Mathias Fränk (SUI) of BMC Racing Team

• Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp

BMC rider Mathias Frank of Switzerland crossed the line first to take Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge Tuesday in Breckenridge.

“Oh man, it was a really tough stage especially at this altitude,” Frank told NBC Sports after the 126.1-mile race.

But celebrating the stage win prior to crossing the finish cost him the General Classification (G.C.) lead.

Garmin Sharp team rider Lachlan Morton took the G.C. lead from Stage 1 winner Peter Sagan. Sagan went from first to third overall in the G.C.

Riders entered Stage 2 a little more acclimatized to the altitude, but they were challenged almost immediately after leaving the start in Aspen with the over 3,500-foot climb up the steep side of 12,000-foot Independence Pass. Race organizers reversed the course from last year making the climb on the steeper side of Independence Pass.

The pack stayed tight over Hoosier Pass with a thrilling finish in Breckenridge.


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