2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the fourth edition of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage race. Once again, the race was included on the UCI America Tour, with a UCI classification of 2.HC. As such, the race was only open to teams on the UCI ProTour, UCI Professional Continental and UCI Continental circuits. The race took place between August 18–24, 2014 as a seven-day, seven-stage race, traversing the state of Colorado. The 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge was one of six UCI-ranked stage races in the United States in 2014, and one of two (along with the 2014 Tour of California) that attracted multiple UCI ProTeams to compete.

2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
2013–14 UCI America Tour
Race details
DatesAugust 18–24, 2014
Stages7
Distance845.1 km (525.1 mi)
Winning time20h 05' 42"
Results
Winner  Tejay van Garderen (USA) (BMC Racing Team)
  Second  Tom Danielson (USA) (Garmin–Sharp)
  Third  Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) (Jelly Belly–Maxxis)

Mountains  Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) (Jamis–Hagens Berman)
Youth  Clément Chevrier (FRA) (Bissell Development Team)
Sprints  Kiel Reijnen (USA) (UnitedHealthcare)
  Team BMC Racing Team
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Participating teamsEdit

In July, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced a sixteen-team field, made up of five UCI ProTeams, four UCI Professional Continental Teams and seven UCI Continental Teams, thus giving the race a total of sixteen-teams (the same as in 2013).[1][2]

StagesEdit

Stage results
Stage Date Route Terrain Length Winner
1 August 18 Aspen to Aspen   Medium-mountain stage 98 km (61 mi)   Kiel Reijnen (USA)
2 August 19 Aspen to Crested Butte   Mountain stage 169 km (105 mi)   Robin Carpenter (USA)
3 August 20 Gunnison to Monarch Mountain   Mountain stage 155 km (96 mi)   Tejay van Garderen (USA)
4 August 21 Colorado Springs to Colorado Springs   Flat 113 km (70 mi)   Elia Viviani (ITA)
5 August 22 Woodland Park to Breckenridge   Medium-mountain stage 168 km (104 mi)   Laurent Didier (LUX)
6 August 23 Vail   Individual time trial 16.1 km (10.0 mi)   Tejay van Garderen (USA)
7 August 24 Boulder to Denver   Medium-mountain stage 126 km (78 mi)   Alex Howes (USA)
Total 845.1 km (525 mi)

ResultsEdit

Stage 1Edit

August 18, 2014 — Aspen to Aspen, 98 km (61 mi)

The opening circuit for the pro challenge began in Aspen, and consisted of three 20 miles (32 km) laps and 3,080 feet (940 m) of climbing per lap.[3]

Stage 1 Results and General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1   Kiel Reijnen (USA)    UnitedHealthcare 2h 26' 35"
2   Alex Howes (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 0"
3   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 3"
4   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 3"
5   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 3"
6   Javier Mejías (ESP) Team Novo Nordisk + 3"
7   Michael Schär (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 12"
8   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 12"
9   Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 12"
10   Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare + 12"

Stage 2Edit

August 19, 2014 — Aspen to Crested Butte, 169 km (105 mi)
Stage 2 Results
Rider Team Time
1   Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 4h 17' 18"
2   Alex Howes (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 7"
3   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 7"
4   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 15"
5   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 17"
6   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 17"
7   Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop + 20"
8   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 23"
9   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 24"
10   Rob Britton (CAN) Team SmartStop + 24"
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1   Alex Howes (USA)   Garmin–Sharp 6h 44' 00"
2   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 11"
3   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 12"
4   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 13"
5   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 22"
6   Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop + 25"
7   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 28"
8   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 29"
9   Clément Chevrier (FRA)   Bissell Development Team + 29"
10   Rob Britton (CAN) Team SmartStop + 29"

Stage 3Edit

August 20, 2014 — Gunnison to Monarch Mountain, 155 km (96 mi)
Stage 3 Results
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 3h 50' 41"
2   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 0"
3   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 20"
4   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 24"
5   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 24"
6   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 30"
7   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 39"
8   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 45"
9   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 51"
10   Clément Chevrier (FRA)   Bissell Development Team + 1' 06"
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA)    BMC Racing Team 10h 34' 53"
2   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 20"
3   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 23"
4   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 34"
5   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 37"
6   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 46"
7   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 49"
8   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 55"
9   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 1' 09"
10   Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop + 1' 22"

Stage 4Edit

August 21, 2014 — Colorado Springs to Colorado Springs, 113 km (70 mi)
Stage 4 Results
Rider Team Time
1   Elia Viviani (ITA) Cannondale 2h 28' 52"
2   Martin Kohler (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 0"
3   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 0"
4   Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 0"
5   Kiel Reijnen (USA)   UnitedHealthcare + 0"
6   Jure Kocjan (SLO) Team SmartStop + 0"
7   Alex Howes (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 0"
8   Jonathan Cantwell (AUS) Drapac Professional Cycling + 0"
9   Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 0"
10   Ryan Anderson (CAN) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 0"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team 13h 03' 45"
2   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 20"
3   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 23"
4   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 34"
5   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 37"
6   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 46"
7   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 49"
8   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 55"
9   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 1' 09"
10   Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop + 1' 22"

Stage 5Edit

August 22, 2014 — Woodland Park to Breckenridge, 168 km (104 mi)
Stage 5 Results
Rider Team Time
1   Laurent Didier (LUX) Trek Factory Racing 3h 50' 38"
2   Janier Acevedo (COL) Garmin–Sharp + 0"
3   Rob Britton (CAN) Team SmartStop + 0"
4   Ben King (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 15"
5   José Mendes (POR) NetApp–Endura + 1' 11"
6   Daniel Eaton (USA) Bissell Development Team + 1' 26"
7   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 1' 33"
8   Richard Handley (GBR) Rapha Condor–JLT + 1' 33"
9   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team + 1' 33"
10   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 1' 33"
General Classification after Stage 5
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team 16h 55' 56"
2   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 20"
3   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 37"
4   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 39"
5   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 51"
6   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 1' 14"
7   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 1' 22"
8   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 1' 28"
9   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 1' 49"
10   Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop + 1' 55"

Stage 6Edit

August 23, 2014 — Vail, 16.1 km (10 mi), individual time trial (ITT)
Stage 6 Results
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team 24' 26"
2   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 53"
3   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 1' 08"
4   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 1' 29"
5   Michael Rogers (AUS) Tinkoff–Saxo + 1' 40"
6   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 1' 55"
7   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 2' 07"
8   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 2' 17"
9   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 2' 20"
10   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 2' 21"
General Classification after Stage 6
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team 17h 20' 22"
2   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 1' 32"
3   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 1' 45"
4   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 1' 49"
5   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 3' 11"
6   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 3' 31"
7   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 3' 35"
8   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 3' 43"
9   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 3' 44"
10   Bruno Pires (POR) Tinkoff–Saxo + 5' 35"

Stage 7Edit

August 24, 2014 — Boulder to Denver, 126 km (78 mi)
Stage 7 Results
Rider Team Time
1   Alex Howes (USA) Garmin–Sharp 2h 45' 20"
2   Kiel Reijnen (USA)   UnitedHealthcare + 0"
3   Michael Schär (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 0"
4   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 0"
5   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 0"
6   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team + 0"
7   Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 0"
8   Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 0"
9   Janier Acevedo (COL) Garmin–Sharp + 0"
10   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 0"
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1   Tejay van Garderen (USA)   BMC Racing Team 20h 05' 42"
2   Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 1' 32"
3   Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Jelly Belly–Maxxis + 1' 45"
4   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 1' 49"
5   Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing + 3' 11"
6   Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team + 3' 31"
7   Bartosz Huzarski (POL) NetApp–Endura + 3' 35"
8   Carter Jones (USA) Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies + 3' 43"
9   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 3' 44"
10   Bruno Pires (POR) Tinkoff–Saxo + 5' 35"

Classification leadershipEdit

In the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, five jerseys are awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding the finishing times of the stages per cyclist, the leader receives a yellow jersey.[4] This classification is considered the most important of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and the winner of the general classification will be considered the winner of the event.[5]

Additionally, there is also a sprints classification, akin to what is called the points classification in other races, which awards a green jersey.[4] Points are gathered at sprint line performances as well as finishing the stage in the top-fifteen places.[5]

There is also a mountains classification, which awards a red jersey.[4] In the mountains classifications, points are won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. Each climb is categorized, either first, second, third, or fourth category, with more points available for the harder climbs.[5]

There is also a youth classification. This classification is calculated the same way as the general classification, but only young cyclists (under 23) are included.[5] The leader of the young rider classification receives a blue jersey.[4]

The last jersey is awarded to the most aggressive rider of a stage for him to wear on the next stage.[5] It is generally awarded to a rider who attacks constantly or spends a lot of time in the breakaways. This jersey is orange.[4]

There is also a classification for teams. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per stage are added, and the team with the lowest time is the leader.

Stage Winner General classification
 
Sprints classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Young rider classification
 
Most Aggressive
 
Team classification
1 Kiel Reijnen Kiel Reijnen Kiel Reijnen Ben Jacques-Maynes Clément Chevrier Daniel Summerhill BMC Racing Team
2 Robin Carpenter Alex Howes Robin Carpenter
3 Tejay van Garderen Tejay van Garderen Tejay van Garderen Michael Rogers
4 Elia Viviani Ben Jacques-Maynes Jens Voigt
5 Laurent Didier Ben King Garmin–Sharp
6 Tejay van Garderen Not awarded BMC Racing Team
7 Alex Howes Jens Voigt
Final Tejay van Garderen Kiel Reijnen Ben Jacques-Maynes Clément Chevrier No final award BMC Racing Team

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sixteen World-Class Professional Cycling Teams Confirmed to Participate in 2013 USA Pro Challenge Archived 2013-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, usaprocyclingchallenge.com
  2. ^ 16 teams to race 2013 USA Pro Challenge announced, VeloNews
  3. ^ "Kiel Reijnen wins USA Pro Challenge stage 1 in Aspen - VeloNews.com". Velonews.competitor.com. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Leader Jersey". USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Jerseys". USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2013.

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