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Top U.S. riders join Pro Cycling Challenge

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

George Hincapie starts the time trial during Stage 6 of the Tour of California on Friday, May 20, 2011 in Solvang, Calif. (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner)

ASPEN – The USA Pro Cycling Challenge already had assembled one of the top fields ever to compete in a professional cycling race on American soil. A few more big names now have entered the mix.

Accomplished U.S. riders George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) and Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) will be among those participating in the inaugural event – which kicks off Aug. 22 in Colorado Springs, winds through Aspen two days later and finishes in Denver on the 28th – according to a provisionary list of team rosters released Tuesday.

A total of 136 riders – including all three podium finishers from the Tour de France (Cadel Evans and Andy and Fränk Schleck), two Olympic medalists from the Beijing Games and more than 15 former or current national champions – are slated to take part.

“The allure of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the state of Colorado is undeniable – it hasn’t been surprising to see this high-caliber competition confirmed as the preliminary rosters rolled in,” event co-chairmen Shawn Hunter said in a news release. “With all the pieces in place, the final countdown has begun and we can’t wait to showcase these riders to the world in just a few weeks.”

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