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Viviani Takes Stage 4 With Late Surge

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The peloton rides through the Garden of the Gods park during stage four of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 21, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The peloton rides through the Garden of the Gods park during stage four of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 21, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Italian racer Elia Viviani used a powerful surge near the finish to capture Stage 4 at the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday.

Elia Viviani

Elia Viviani of Italy riding for Cannondale celebrates his victory in stage four of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 21, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jens Voigt of Trek Factory Racing attacked midway through the stage and had the lead but was caught by the pack with the finish line almost in sight. Viviani, of Cannondale Pro Cycling, finished the 70-mile circuit race around Colorado Springs in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 52 seconds.

Jens Voigt

Jens Voigt of Germany riding for Trek Factory Racing rides in front of the peloton during stage four of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 21, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It was a rather calm day for defending champion Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing, who retained the yellow jersey and his 20-second lead over Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo.

Tejay van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen of the United States riding for the BMC Racing Team is awarded the best Colorado rider’s jersey by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper after van Garderen also defended the overall race leader’s jersey in stage four of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 21, 2014 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Stage 5 on Friday is a 104-mile trek from Woodland Park to Breckenridge that starts out mellow before growing more and more mountainous.

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