USA PRO CHALLENGE RESULTS: Peter Sagan takes Stage 3 winding from Breckenridge to Steamboat
Free Press Correspondent
STAGE 4: THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Starting at 11 a.m., Stage 4 will take riders from Steamboat to Beaver Creek for a 102.9 mile race.
STAGE 3 RESULTS
• First – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling
• Second – Luka Mezgec (SLO) of Team Argos-Shimano
• Third – Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
GC Standings (overall)
• First – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp
• Second – Mathias Frank (SUI) of BMC Racing Team
• Third – Peter Sagan (SVK) of Cannondale Pro Cycling
• 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 – Jen Voigt (GER) of RadioShack Leopard Trek
• Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey – Lachlan David Morton (AUS) of Team Garmin-Sharp
No. 2 ranked Slovakian Peter Sagan continued a strong performance with a Stage 3 win in the USA Pro Challenge. The stage finished with a pack of riders in tight sprint to the finish in Steamboat Springs Wednesday.
“I’m very happy about my stage win today and I want to thank all my teammates because they did great work,” said Sagan. “For now I feel good and I think I can do well on these climbs.”
The top three competing for the general classification(G.C.) win, remained the same with Australian Garmin Sharp rider Lachlan Morton holding on to the Yellow Jersey. Mathias Frank from BMC is in second and Peter Sagan in third.
Jamis-Hagens Berman rider Matt Cooke held on to the king of the mountain lead.
The pack came charging down the steep side of Rabbit Ears Pass at speeds of around 55 miles per hour on their way into Steamboat, with 41-year-old German Jens Voigt in the lead. Voigt built up a 2 minute, 25 second lead on the pass but was unable to hold on. The peloton caught him on the final few miles of the stage.
“I was disappointed (about being caught), but it could have been worse,” said Voigt. “I gave it a go. I saw it coming a little bit, but I was still disappointed.”
Sky Procycling team general classification hopeful, American Joe Dombrowski dropped out prior to the start of Wednesday’s stage. The reason he dropped out is not known at this time. It was widely reported he had some nosebleeds during Stage 1. He and his team, which includes 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, arrived in Colorado the Wednesday prior to the start of the race.
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