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Tom Danielson (2R) of the USA and Lachlan Morton (R) of Australia lead the Garmin-Sharp team on a training ride in preperation for the USA Pro Challenge on August 19, 2012 in Durango.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tom Danielson (2R) of the USA and Lachlan Morton (R) of Australia lead the Garmin-Sharp team on a training ride in preperation for the USA Pro Challenge on August 19, 2012 in Durango. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Organizers of the USA Pro Challenge estimate that more than 1 million people will line Colorado roads this week to watch some of the world’s top cyclists.

The nearly 700-mile race started Monday morning in Durango. Cyclists are riding through Mancos and Dolores, over Lizard Head Pass and ending in Telluride.

The Durango Herald reports that it’s the biggest event the city has ever hosted. City manager Ron Le-Blanc encouraged people to show up along the route, make a lot of noise and wear a costume, if possible.

The race ends Sunday in Denver.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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