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Kiel Reijnen Of UnitedHealthCare Wins Stage 1 Of USA Pro Challenge

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Kiel Reijnen of the United States riding for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling wins the stage over Alex Howes of the United States riding for Garmin Sharp during stage one of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 18, 2014 in Aspen.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kiel Reijnen of the United States riding for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling wins the stage over Alex Howes of the United States riding for Garmin Sharp during stage one of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 18, 2014 in Aspen. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Kiel Reijnen of UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling won the first stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Monday, edging Alex Howes of Garmin-Sharp in a two-man sprint across the finish line.

Reijnen and Howes completed the 61-mile route in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 35 seconds.

Photo Gallery: USA Pro Challenge: Stage 1

Four riders were three seconds back: Ben Hermans (BMC Racing), Carter Jones (Optum), Matthew Busche (Trek Factory) and Javier Megias Leal (Team Novo Nordisk).

Defending champion Tejay van Garderen, the favorite in the 16-team race, finished in a pack of 15 riders that crossed the finish line 12 seconds behind Reijnen and Howes.

The 128-rider field will race 110 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte on Tuesday.

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