Monday, August 22

USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Prologue (Colorado Springs)

Okay, my coverage of the big bike race in Colorado is going to be short and sweet. I wasn't there and I basically saw what anyone else can see on TV or the web.

If you want to catch the race as its happening you can visit the Shack Tracker.

The prologue took place in Colorado Springs today. It started at Garden of the Gods, a true geologic icon of Colorado, and finished in town just over five miles away and a couple hundred feet lower in elevation.

Patrick Gretsch of Germany, representing HTC-Highroad, won the prologue with a time of 8:27 (min/sec).

Here's the top ten:

1.Patrick Gretsch (Ger)

2.Christian Vande Velde (USA)

3.Brent Bookwalter (USA)

4.Robert Förster (Ger)

5.Jens Voigt (Ger)

6.George Hincapie (USA)

7.Levi Leipheimer (USA)

8.Tejay Van Garderen (USA)

9.Cadel Evans (Aus)

10.Ryan Roth (Can)

I'm rooting for Hincapie, always liked him. I don't have a favorite team. I think the corporate sponsorships have gone way too far.

Tomorrow is Stage 1: Salida to Crested Butte, over the Sawatch Range at Monarch Pass and ending at Mount Crested Butte, 99.3 miles.

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