Race: Colorado Classic, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Denver/Denver, Colorado
Distance: 103 kilometers
Denver, Colorado — Stage 3 of the Colorado Classic was a 130-kilometer out-and-back run from the RiNo race hub to the mountains west of Denver.
Attacks flew immediately following the neutral zone, but the peloton wasn’t willing to let any riders go because the overall race was still tightly contested. A 13-man break eventually went clear on Coal Creek Canyon Road, but due to its large size, three riders attacked to form a new break.
Eventually, Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) bridged up to make it a quartet. As the race reached the first categorized climb, which included a dirt section, four GC threats attacked from the chase and caught the four-man front group.
Heading over the summit, the threatening skies finally opened up and the riders fought through rains until the feed zone. Leading into the second categorized climb, Manuel Senni (BMC Racing Team) and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) attacked and built a sizeable gap on the technical descent back towards Denver.
Despite a large chase group, Senni and Tvetcov held on until the finish with the Russian taking the win. Senni moved into the overall race lead.
“It was a pretty hard stage and we …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk