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Jainer Acevedo

A Race Happened, Apaprently

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The weather in the mountains kept the relay plane grounded today, so all we saw was parts of the final 10K (any camera in town in Breckenridge plus occasional glimpses from the helicopter. Apparently a 12 man group broke away with 60K to go, then over Hoosier Pass a 4 man group consisting of Didier, Acevedo, Ben King, and Britton broke away and stayed away to the finish.

Jens Almost Pulls Off The Upset

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SHUT UP LEGS!

Sadly Jens didn't pull it off. Breaking away from the early breakaway with under 40K to go Voigt was caught by the peloton with 750m to go, leading to a sprint victory by Cannondale's Viviani. That's his 3rd stage win in Colorado. I saw his first win in person in the VIP tent about 50m from the line in 2011.

USA Pro Challenge 2014

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Its race time again! The 2014 version of the USA Pro Challenge starts tomorrow in Aspen and will finish next Sunday in its traditional spot in front of the capitol building in downtown Denver. This year we lose the climb over Independence Pass but the Vail Time Trial is still in the race.
Teejay Van Garderen returns to defend his title with BMC but his teammate and 2013 runner-up Mathias Frank will not be joining him.

Van Garderen Takes Race Lead, Probably For Good

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As expected Garmin-SHARP attacked today to try to take the race away from BMC's Teejay Van Garderen, who was in the best position going into tomorrow's Vail time trial if nothing changed. After riding a brisk tempo all day to catch Radio shack-Leopard-TREK's Tony Gallopin Garmin surged to the front at the base of the Bachelor Gulch climb.

Peter Sagan

Final Wrap-Up of the USA Pro Challenge

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Sorry for the delay. As expected Peter Sagan won the Denver stage, giving him 4 wins in 7 stages at his first USA Pro Challenge. Ben King got the day's most aggressive rider jersey, and no other changes happened in the standings.

Your final podium:
1st - Teejay Van Garderen - BMC (USA)
2nd - Mathas Frank - BMC (SUI) - 1'30"
3rd - Tom Danielson - Garmin-SHARP (USA) - 1'42"

Sprint Jersey - Peter Sagan - Cannondale (SVK)
King of the Mountains Jersey - Matt Cooke - Jamis-Hagens Berman (USA)
Young Rider Jersey - Lachlan Morton - Garmin-SHARP (AUS)
Team Classification - BMC

Sagan Wins His Third Stage

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As expected if the break didn't succeed, Peter Sagan too the bunch sprint in Fort Collins. No changes to any of the standings and Simon Geschke of Argos-Shimano was given the orange jersey for the day for the work he put into the break. With no mountains today Matt Cooke has wrapped up the red King of the Mountains jersey and Sagan ha a insurmountable lead in the green Sprint jersey.

Sagan Wins A Second Stage

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As expected one large peloton came into Steamboat Springs after picking up the final remnants of the days break, with fan-favorite Jens Voigt being the last man picked up just a few kilometers from the line. A bunch sprint usually means just a few men are likely to win, most likely Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, or Peter Sagan, and only Sagan is in Colorado for this race.

Two-Wheeled Diversion

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The 2013 USA Pro Challenge Host Cities
Time for one of my diversions into another of my favorite sports, pro cycling. Yes, I know, its been a bad offseason for cycling with Lance Armstrong admitting what many people have known for a while. He doped. The sport shouldn't be seen from the perspective of its biggest failures though.

Andrew Talansky

Teejay Sets New Course Record

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As the last rider of the day Van Garderen had a tall task, as Garmin-SHARP's Andrew Talansky had crushed the course record by 42", setting a time of 25' 05". It appeared that he wasn't quite up to the task as the coverage showed him crossing the line at 25' 15" but the time was immediately announced as 25' 01" giving Teejay the stage win, a new course record, and a race lead of a minute and a half over his teammate Mathias Frank.

USA Pro Challenge 2013

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Normally I have more of a preview of the race, but I've been busy. Quick recap of what we've seen so far and where we're going from here:

Stage 1: In the circuit around Aspen it was expected that the race would end in a bunch sprint, and it did. Also as expected Slovakain National Champion Peter Sagan won the day and took the first yellow(overall), green(sprinter), and blue(young rider) jerseys.

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UPCC Stage 6 - Golden to Boulder

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Image of Rory Sutherland on Flagstaff from Jason Greene
Just got back from Boulder where we had an awesome day watching the race. If you watched the coverage on NBC the first look you got at the peloton was just meters after they passed us. We were at the corner of 17th & Spruce, 1 block after they raced passed the sprint point down 17th and they had to make a 90 degree turn onto Spruce, so we saw them coming and going.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Preview

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Last years' UPCC jersey winners
Tomorrow the second USA Pro Cycling Challenge starts in Durango. A 7-day stage race that will visit Telluride, Montrose, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Golden, and Boulder before finishing a week from today with a time trial in downtown Denver.

Tour De France

Travis Tygart & The USADA’s Witch Hunt Against Lance Armstrong Explained

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The following is a "transcript" of how Travis Tygart and the USADA determined the guilt of Lance Armstrong.

USADA: A witch! A witch! A witch! We've got a witch! A witch!

GREG LEMOND: We have found a witch, might we burn him?

THE MOB: Burn him! Burn!

TRAVIS TYGART: How do you know he is a witch?

2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge starts on Monday in Durango. I'll probably have my own preview of the race this weekend, but the place to go for cycling information in Colorado is PedalDancer.com. Karen is a Denver resident but has traveled the world (along with her newest bike, Basso) to see some of the biggest pro cycling races.

George Retires

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I'm going to divert to one of my other favorite sports, cycling, for a moment. George Hincapie, one of the leaders not only in American racing but across the professional peloton, announced today that this will be his final season. Hincapie has raced for 19 seasons, all with American teams (Motorola, Postal/Discovery, HTC-High Road, and BMC).

SPANISH SPORTS | ALBERTO CONTADOR GETS HARSH PUNISHMENT FROM TAS

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Sad & frustrating day for SPANISH SPORTS , Spanish Cycling & for World Nº1 cycle-rider ALBERTO CONTADOR after the "Court of Arbritration for Sport" (TAS) gave in their sentence of a 2 year penalty today. But if that was harsh they also retired his 2010 Tour de France & 2011 Giro de Italia title. But there is more, Alberto Contador can begin riding again the 6th of August 2012, that means he will

SPANISH SPORT SUCCESS | CONTADOR IN TOUR E FRANCE ALONSO IN GERMAN F1

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Spanish Sport continues with its string of success stories, this time in Cycling & in Formula 1 racing.Spanish cyclist ALBERTO CONTADOR won his 3rd TOUR DE FRANCE (2010) today ahead of Andy Schleck & Denis Melchov. The Spaniard was emotional as this edition was the most fought especially after nearly "losing" the leaders grip yesterday in the 52 km time-trial that although he won Contador later

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London 2012 Football Women Gold Winners – USA 2 – 1 Japan

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Well done to the USA Gold Winners in Olympics 2012 Womens football!! 2 Goals for Carli Lloyd!!

Soccer kicks off London 2012 Olympic Games

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LONDON, England -Â Olympic organisers published the schedule for the London 2012 Games today along with details of ticket prices. The Games kick off on July 25 with football preliminaries in Cardiff, Coventry and Glasgow. They officially get under way with an opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in east London on July 27 [.

Fernando Alonso

SPANISH SPORTS WEEKEND SUCCESS | FOOTBALL, CYCLING, HANDBALL & FORMULA 1

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SPANISH SPORTS has experienced a fabulous afternoon today to add to the excellent weekend with victories & podiums in CYCLING, HANDBALL & FORMULA 1. The Spanish Sports flag keeps flying high after FC BARCELONA yesterday won the Champions League title in European Football. Alberto Contador 2011 of  Cycling Italian GIRO Spanish cyclist ALBERTO CONTADOR has won this years ITALIAN GIRO - his

SPANISH SPORTS WEEKEND SUCCESS | FOOTBALL, CYCLING, HANDBALL & FORMULA 1

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SPANISH SPORTS has experienced a fabulous afternoon today to add to the excellent weekend with victories & podiums in CYCLING, HANDBALL & FORMULA 1. The Spanish Sports flag keeps flying high after FC BARCELONA yesterday won the Champions League title in European Football. Alberto Contador 2011 of  Cycling Italian GIRO Spanish cyclist ALBERTO CONTADOR has won this years ITALIAN GIRO - his

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NEWS: Boost for Southend cyclists

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Cyclists in Southend have been given a boost with the news that work has begun on the eastern section of the Prittle Brook Greenway scheme between Victoria Avenue and Prittlewell Chase.

The existing footpath next to the brook is being converted into a shared use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.

NEWS: Update on Southend's cycle plans

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'Cycle Southend' will this week outline its plans to make the borough a hotbed of pedal power.

Invited guests will be briefed on the progress of efforts to persuade more individuals, businesses and schools in the town to make bikes their number one mode of transport.

Southend is one of 18 urban areas in England to benefit from three years of Government funding after being designated ‘Cycling Towns'.

Southend gears up for 'Bikeathon'

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Around 800 cyclists will take to the road on a specially designed 13-mile course this Sunday (6th) for the annual 'Southend Bikeathon'.
The event - which is in its fifteenth year - has raised an estimated £750,000 for Leukaeumia Research. Now its organisers are gunning for the £1m mark.

The Rest

Stage 7, 2015 USA Pro Challenge

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I haven't done my normal coverage of the USA Pro Challenge this week, too much going on, but here's a short video I took this afternoon downtown as the race came through on the third of five laps. They were literally close enough to reach out and touch at 300m to go.

Goodbye Jens

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Goodbye to Jens. Today was the last race of the great Jens Voigt's career and he went out in typical Jens fashion, by attacking early and staying off the front until late. 5 riders attacked coming out of Boulder and let the pack over Lookout Mountain in golden and down into Denver. We were camped 175m from the finish and saw Jens lead the group through the finish on the first 4 of the 5 laps, though in the fourth lap the group was mere seconds behind the German.

VanGarderen Sets New Course Record

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Teejay crushed the time trial today and will almost certainly win his second straight USA Pro Challenge tomorrow in Denver. After Tommy D came in after starting the day in 4th by putting up a personal best of 25:18 5 minutes later Teejay came in at 24:26, crushing his own course record of 25:02 set last year.

Chaos And Carpenter Rule Stage 2

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Odd day today in the race. Coming down from Kebler Pass (half dirt/half paved) the race was stopped 8K from the line with the time gaps preserved, then restarted from the same spot. There was heavy rain on the course on the decent but the race was stopped when they hit paved road. The report is that the time gaps were taken at the top of the summit but the racers were allowed to descend to the end of the dirt area before the race was stopped and the time gaps from the summit reestablished.

Best Friends Battle For Stage 1

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Stage 1 was the crit race in Aspen this afternoon. 3 22 mile loops from downtown Aspen up to Snowmass Village and back. The group was broken up over the three climbs with a small peloton staying together until late when Novo-Nordisk's Javier Megias attacked out of the group. He was later followed by Garmin's Alex Howes and UHC's Kiel Reijnen who caught and passed Megias in the last kilometer.

Female Mountain Bikers in Afghanistan Train in Secret

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Helmet Heads: New Innovations in Cycling Safety Gear

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If you're a cyclist, you'll want to pay close attention to some of the latest trends in bike helmets. Driven by innovations in other activities, including firefighting and football, cyclists are now safer than ever with inventive new takes on cranial armor. We all know helmets can be bulky, uncomfortable, and worst of all ugly.

UPCC Stage 5 - Breckenridge to Colorado Springs

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A relatively quiet stage today in the UPCC. A small break led by Vincenzo Nibali got away early, but as is pretty typical in these type of stages they were all caught a couple of kilometers, setting up the expected bunch sprint finish. After having a couple of false starts get cut off Garmin's Tyler Farrar found an opening and took his second stage of the week.

UPCC Stage 3 - Gunnison to Aspen

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Stage 3 had a hell of a finish this afternoon. The stage started about as expected, with a small group going off the front before the early climbs. Tommy D decided to make it interesting though. On the climb to 12,000 foot Cottonwood Pass Danielson jumped out of the pack and made a solo ride across the 1 minute gap to the break.

UPCC Stage 2 - Montrose to Crested Butte

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Stage 2 out of Montrose saved its surprises for the very end. As is pretty typical for a stage like this an early break including names like Nibali and Zabriskie got away and the peleton didn't close it down. Coming into the last 5k the break thought they had it won and started jockeying for position which saw the gap drop from 4+ minutes to 1:40 as they hit the final 3k climb to Mount Crested Butte but that appeared to be enough as BMC's Mathias Frank attacked and got away up the mountain.

UPCC Stage 1 - Durango to Telluride

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Today's first stage of the UPCC was more intense that expected. An early break including many of the big names of the race like Tommy D, Nibali, Hincapie. Dave Z, and Peter Stetina forced a very fast pace resulting in the racer eaching the finish line in Telluride a full hour ahead of schedule!

Team Argyle!!!

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Congrats to Ryder Hesjedal, a member of the Boulder-based Garmin-Barracuda pro cycling team as moments ago he became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour as he won the Giro d' Italia by 16 seconds! Its Garmin's first major stage race win in team history!
Hopefully we'll see Ryder here in Colorado in August for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Footballers Using Cycling Sessions to Boost Fitness

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As the English football season heads towards another exciting and intriguing finale, the top clubs from the Premiership and particularly in the Football League are finding their squads becoming increasingly stretched as key playing staff are lost through injury and suspension as their clubs press for trophies and promotion on a multitude of fronts.

Boro Fan On The Run In Three Countries

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Hopefully that got your attention!

Now then, as editor of Follow The Boro Brick Road I thought I would use the power of the web to gain an advantage in my quest to win a competition. Some of you fellow Middlesbrough fans will already know that I have entered a competition to take part in the Eurostar Tri-City-Athlon this September as you would have seen my name posted on Middlesbrough FC's Official Facebook page.