Christian Vande Velde won the overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, finishing second Sunday behind Taylor Phinney in the closing time trial.
Defending champion Levi Leipheimer opened a 9-second lead Saturday in the USA Pro Challenge overall standings, while Australia’s Rory Sutherland won the uphill sixth stage.
Germany’s Jens Voigt won the rainy fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge with a long solo effort Thursday, and American Tejay Van Garderen regained his tiebreaker edge for the overall lead.
Nearly five months after breaking his leg in a training accident in Spain, Levi Leipheimer will begin defense of his USA Pro Cycling Challenge title Monday in hopes of claiming his first overall victory this season.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge says defending champion Levi Leipheimer of Montana and former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans of Australia are slated to compete in this year’s race.
Reigning Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, American star Levi Leipheimer and several of the world’s top cyclists will roll off the start line at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado next month.
Organizers of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge said the week-long bicycle race attracted more than 1 million spectators and produced an economic impact on Colorado of $83.5 million.
Cycling fans in Colorado can once again mark the dates on their calendars — the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is returning to the Colorado mountains next year.
Race officials estimated 250,000 people watched the final stage to the race and they believe more than a million watched it over the course of the week.
Elia Viviani of Italy claimed his second straight sprint stage while American Levi Leipheimer retained his overall lead Saturday after the fifth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.