USA Pro Challenge: Roman Kreuziger first to Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS — The break survived — finally.
A breakaway yielded victory Saturday in Stage 6 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge.
Roman Kreuziger, a World Tour rider on the Tinkoff-Saxo team, rode in the break all day and eventually pedaled away from the small lead group to win the 102-mile Loveland to Fort Collins race.
He crossed ahead of Javier Megias of Team Novo Nordisk, the runner-up who rides for the diabetes team.
Third place Saturday in downtown Fort Collins went to Leonard Basso of Trek Factory Racing.
The powerhouse BMC Racing Team safely ushered overall leader Rohan Dennis of Australia across the line with the main group. He retains the yellow jersey and a 44-second lead over teammate Brent Bookwalter, who wore yellow earlier this week for BMC.
Third overall is Rob Britton, the Canadian riding for Team Smartstop.
Dennis also retain his lead in the sprint competition as well as his lead in the King of the Mountains competition.
Tao Geoghegan Hart of Axeon Cycling carries the best young rider jersey into today’s final stage.
His Axeon teammate, Keegan Swirbul of Aspen, was scheduled to race in the USA Pro Challenge this year.
But he was sidelined by illness and was unable to start on the opening stage last Monday.
Robbie Squire of the Hincapie Racing Team was selected as the most aggressive rider for Saturday’s stage that included a climb to Rist Canyon and the torturing rollers around Horsetooth Reservoir.
Alexandr Braico of Jelly Belly, a native of Moldovia, retains his status as the best Colorado rider. He’s a longtime Colorado resident.
The men’s race will close with the 68-mile Golden-to-Denver stage that includes an early climb of Lookout Mountain.
It will end with circuit laps in downtown Denver around Civic Center Park.
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