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2018 Colorado Classic (HC), USA

2nd edition: August 16 - 19, 2018

Colorado Classic index page | 2017 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4


Sunday, August 19: 4th & Final Stage, Denver - Denver, (8 laps of 14.6 km) 115.9 km

The race: Here's the report from the team that dominated the 2018 Colorado Classic, UnitedHealthcare.

DENVER – So many things marked an unforgettable week for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, it’s difficult to lead with one. From Gavin Mannion and Katie Hall winning the Colorado Classic overall, to Serghei Tvetcov and Leah Thomas coming in second. A historic moment for the team, and the race.

Clearly the icing on a fantastic week of racing was the stage victory by Travis McCabe, who posted up for another win to add to his list of first places this season.

Katie Hall has taken the overall win at every American stage race she lined up for in the 2018 season. In taking the overall classification, Katie Hall has won five stage races in America. Prior to that, the climber had never won a stage race before this year.

“This week was really special for us to be able to go out and to win,” Thomas said. “We were undefeated in stage racing in the US this year, and with so much uncertainty for the upcoming season and with it being Lauren Hall’s last professional race, we really wanted to put on a good show and showcase some aggressive racing in the women’s peloton.”

Thomas came away with the queen of the mountain jersey and second overall, a huge achievement in her own right. She spent the majority of the week watching over her leader, Hall.

“This is our last race together, some of us are retiring, some of us are moving on,” Hall said. “We’re just really celebrating being together and winning some bike races and each other. It’s really a celebratory week for us.”

“For me personally, this is one kind of racing and I feel I am ready to make the next step. I feel consistent in America, but the new year will be a whole other challenge for me. I’m ready for that challenge. For our team, I think we have a lot of consistency because Rachel Heal is such a good director, so good at picking out riders, and getting us all unified towards one goal.” Hall added.

The Colorado Classic also marked Lauren Hall’s final race as she heads into the next chapter of her life. Her retirement from professional cycling marks an end to an era, as she has been a staple in the women’s peloton for years.

“Be proud of this moment,” Sporting Director Seba Alexandre said, “it’s been a long time in the making and we deserve this accomplishment.” The combination of both men and women’s teams taking first and second on the overall GC is a historic moment for both the race and the team.

“This is the most important win of my career,” Mannion said, “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. There were moments on stage 3 where I wasn’t sure we’d be able to hold on, but somehow they brought it all back.” Those tense moments were relieved as the peloton rolled into Denver on the final lap of stage 4 Sunday, with Mannion safely tucked in the front of the peloton. He finished a strong 11th place on the final day right with the top sprinters.

Putting his stamp on the final day, and showing his world-class sprinting talent once again was Travis McCabe. The fastest man in the American Peloton, McCabe added another win to his palmares following on the heels of his two wins at the Tour of Utah the previous week.

Complete results:

115.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 48.269 km/hr

1 Travis McCabe UnitedHealthcare 2hr 24min 4sec
2 Ty Magner Rally Cycling s.t.
3 Joe Lewis Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
4 Edwin Ávila Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
5 Sam Bassetti Elevate-KHS s.t.
6 Ulises Castillo Jelly Belly s.t.
7 Sean Bennett Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
8 Pascal Eenkhoorn LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
9 Toms Skujinš Trek-Segafredo s.t.
10 Michael Hernandez Aevolo s.t.
11 Gavin Mannion UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
13 Gage Hecht Aevolo s.t.
14 Chris Winn 303 Project s.t.
15 Taylor Phinney EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
16 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
17 Daniel Martínez EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
18 Tyler Williams Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
19 Nathan Brown EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
20 Joe Dombrowski EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
21 Jack Burke Jelly Belly s.t.
22 Matteo Jorgenson Jelly Belly s.t.
23 Christopher Blevins Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
24 Brayan Sánchez Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
25 Hugh Carthy EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
26 Serghei Tvetcov UnitedHealthcare s.t.
27 Travis Samuel Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
28 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
29 Niklas Eg Trek-Segafredo s.t.
30 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
31 Lance Haidet Aevolo s.t.
32 Ryan Roth Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
33 Alex Hoehn Aevolo s.t.
34 Alex Cataford UnitedHealthcare s.t.
35 Robert Power Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
36 Jan Maas LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
37 Taylor Eisenhart Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
38 James Piccoli Elevate-KHS s.t.
39 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo s.t.
40 Danny Pate Rally Cycling s.t.
41 Luis Villalobos Aevolo s.t.
42 Rubén Plaza Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
43 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling s.t.
44 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo s.t.
45 Rob Britton Rally Cycling s.t.
46 Griffin Easter 303 Project s.t.
47 Neilson Powless LottoNL-Jumbo @ 24sec
48 Gregory Daniel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
49 Edward Anderson Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
50 Daan Olivier LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
51 Eder Frayre Elevate-KHS s.t.
52 Cullen Easter 303 Project s.t.
53 Brayan Chaves Mitchelton-Scott +36''
54 Andrei Krasilnikau Holowesko-Citadel +42''
55 Thomas Revard Hagens Berman Axeon +51''
56 Maarten Wynant LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
57 Austin Stephens 303 Project +55''
58 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
59 José Fernandes EF Education First–Drapac +1' 00''
60 Luis Enrique Lemus Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
61 Evan Huffman Rally Cycling +1' 18''
62 Kevin Girkins Elevate-KHS +1' 23''
63 Keegan Swirbul Jelly Belly +1' 44''
64 Kyle Murphy Rally Cycling s.t.
65 Jordan Cheyne Elevate-KHS +1' 55''
66 Lachlan Norris UnitedHealthcare +1' 59''
67 Rubén Companioni Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
68 Taylor Shelden Jelly Belly +2' 14''
69 Cole Davis Hagens Berman Axeon +2' 21''
70 Isaiah Newkirk 303 Project +4' 45''
71 Nickolas Zukowsky Silber Pro Cycling +5' 30''

Final GC after stage 4:

396.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.646 km/hr

1 Gavin Mannion UnitedHealthcare 9hr 5min 37sec
2 Serghei Tvetcov UnitedHealthcare @ 15sec
3 Hugh Carthy EF Education First–Drapac +22''
4 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott +27''
5 Joe Dombrowski EF Education First–Drapac +29''
6 Daniel Martínez EF Education First–Drapac +33''
7 James Piccoli Elevate-KHS +42''
8 Toms Skujinš Trek-Segafredo +52''
9 Rob Britton Rally Cycling s.t.
10 Alex Cataford UnitedHealthcare +53''
11 Taylor Eisenhart Holowesko-Citadel +1' 02''
12 Jack Burke Jelly Belly +1' 03''
13 Luis Villalobos Aevolo +1' 10''
14 Gage Hecht Aevolo +1' 12''
15 Niklas Eg Trek-Segafredo +1' 14''
16 Nathan Brown EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
17 Robert Power Mitchelton-Scott +1' 23''
18 Brayan Sánchez Holowesko-Citadel +1' 27''
19 Neilson Powless LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 28''
20 Matteo Jorgenson Jelly Belly +1' 38''
21 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 41''
22 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling +1' 44''
23 Griffin Easter 303 Project +1' 53''
24 Sean Bennett Hagens Berman Axeon +2' 02''
25 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo +2' 21''
26 Jan Maas LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 22''
27 Daan Olivier LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 24''
28 Joe Lewis Holowesko-Citadel +2' 30''
29 Ryan Roth Silber Pro Cycling +2' 32''
30 Alex Hoehn Aevolo +2' 38''
31 Travis McCabe UnitedHealthcare +2' 58''
32 Christopher Blevins Hagens Berman Axeon +3' 24''
33 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott +3' 25''
34 Pascal Eenkhoorn LottoNL-Jumbo +3' 37''
35 Rubén Plaza Israel Cycling Academy +3' 53''
36 Edwin Ávila Israel Cycling Academy +3' 54''
37 Keegan Swirbul Jelly Belly +4' 13''
38 Edward Anderson Hagens Berman Axeon +4' 34''
39 Cullen Easter 303 Project +5' 06''
40 Kyle Murphy Rally Cycling +5' 27''
41 Rubén Companioni Holowesko-Citadel +8' 00''
42 Ty Magner Rally Cycling +8' 34''
43 Eder Frayre Elevate-KHS +10' 03''
44 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +10' 34''
45 Luis Enrique Lemus Israel Cycling Academy +12' 18''
46 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +14' 57''
47 Travis Samuel Silber Pro Cycling +15' 13''
48 José Fernandes EF Education First–Drapac +15' 19''
49 Taylor Phinney EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
50 Michael Hernandez Aevolo +15' 59''
51 Evan Huffman Rally Cycling +16' 59''
52 Chris Winn 303 Project +17' 06''
53 Tyler Williams Israel Cycling Academy +17' 18''
54 Taylor Shelden Jelly Belly +17' 47''
55 Danny Pate Rally Cycling +18' 08''
56 Andrei Krasilnikau Holowesko-Citadel +18' 18''
57 Thomas Revard Hagens Berman Axeon +18' 48''
58 Lachlan Norris UnitedHealthcare +18' 59''
59 Ulises Castillo Jelly Belly +19' 17''
60 Lance Haidet Aevolo +19' 37''
61 Nickolas Zukowsky Silber Pro Cycling +19' 47''
62 Kevin Girkins Elevate-KHS +20' 17''
63 Cole Davis Hagens Berman Axeon +20' 20''
64 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo +20' 34''
65 Isaiah Newkirk 303 Project +21' 12''
66 Gregory Daniel Trek-Segafredo +22' 01''
67 Austin Stephens 303 Project +23' 13''
68 Sam Bassetti Elevate-KHS +24' 03''
69 Brayan Chaves Mitchelton-Scott +24' 13''
70 Jordan Cheyne Elevate-KHS +25' 41''
71 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy +28' 38''

Saturday, August 18: Stage 3, Denver - Denver 161.9 km

PAscal Eenkhoorn

The third stage is Pascal Eenkhoorn's

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Pascal Eenkhoorn's LottoNL-Jumbo team.

Pascal Eenkhoorn has won the third stage in the Colorado Classic. In the streets of Denver, the first-year pro from Team LottoNL-Jumbo was the fastest rider from a small peloton. “I really didn’t expect this”, Eenkhoorn said. “It was the queen stage and from the start it went full throttle. For a moment, I was in a breakaway, but on the first climb I had to let go of the first group.”

On the second - the longest - climb of the day, Eenkhoorn came back into the peloton. “I told the boys that I felt good. I survived the climbs easily and I became better and better.”

For a long time, it seemed that the 161 kilometres long stage was going to be won by a rider from the early break. Seven men were riding in front of the peloton and only in the final they were caught. In the final, there were a lot of attacks and a few hundred metres before the finish the last attacker was caught. “It was a close call, but we stayed together as a team all the time. I was in the front with only two kilometres to go”, Eenkhoorn said. “Maarten Wynants and Jan Maas passed me and I jumped into their wheels. In the last two hundred metres, it was up to me and I could cross the line first.”

Eenkhoorn’s victory is his second of the year after he had won a stage in the Coppi e Bartali in March. The stage victory in Colorado is the 28th victory for LottoNL-Jumbo this season. “This is a victory for the entire team”, sports director Sierk-Jan de Haan said. “The stage victory is partly due to the strong relation that the riders and staff have built over the past three weeks.”

The team has been in the United States for a while already. And not without success: with Sepp Kuss, Team LottoNL-Jumbo won three stages in the Tour of Utah and the final classification.

Complete results:

161.9 kilometers ridden at an average speed of 43.6 km/hr

1 EENKHOORN Pascal LottoNL-Jumbo 3hr 42min 54sec
2 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
3 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare s.t.
4 LEWIS Joe Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
5 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
6 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
7 ROTH Ryan Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
8 FRAYRE Eder Elevate-KHS s.t.
9 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
10 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
11 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
12 EASTER Griffin 303 Project s.t.
13 HECHT Gage Aevolo s.t.
14 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare s.t.
15 CONCI Nicola Trek-Segafredo s.t.
16 POWLESS Neilson LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
17 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek-Segafredo s.t.
18 OLIVIER Daan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
19 MAAS Jan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
20 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare s.t.
21 BROWN Nathan EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
22 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
23 BLEVINS Christopher Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
24 BOUWMAN Koen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
25 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
26 MARTINEZ Daniel EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
27 VILLALOBOS Luis Aevolo s.t.
28 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly s.t.
29 DOMBROWSKI Joe EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
30 CARTHY Hugh EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
31 PICCOLI James Elevate-KHS s.t.
32 HOEHN Alex Aevolo s.t.
33 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
34 JORGENSON Matteo Jelly Belly s.t.
35 STETINA Peter Trek-Segafredo s.t.
36 EG Niklas Trek-Segafredo s.t.
37 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling s.t.
38 CATAFORD Alexander UnitedHealthcare s.t.
39 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
40 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling s.t.
41 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly s.t.
42 FERNANDES José EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
43 EASTER Cullen 303 Project s.t.
44 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
45 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko-Citadel @ 30sec
46 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 0:47
47 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 1:10
48 BASSETT Stephen Silber Pro Cycling 0:00
49 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 3:57
50 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 6:30
51 SAMUEL Travis Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
52 PATE Danny Rally Cycling s.t.
53 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 8:56
54 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303 Project s.t.
55 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 12:12
56 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
57 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
58 DANIEL Gregory Trek-Segafredo s.t.
59 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
60 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
61 HAIDET Lance Aevolo s.t.
62 JARAMILLO Daniel UnitedHealthcare s.t.
63 WINN Chris 303 Project s.t.
64 STEPHENS Austin 303 Project s.t.
65 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly s.t.
66 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
67 NORRIS Lachlan UnitedHealthcare s.t.
68 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo s.t.
69 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
70 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo s.t.
71 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly s.t.
72 GIRKINS Kevin Elevate-KHS 14:25
73 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate-KHS s.t.
74 BASSETTI Sam Elevate-KHS s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

281 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 41.987 km/hr

1 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare 6hr 41min 33sec
2 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare @ 15sec
3 CARTHY Hugh EF Education First-Drapac 0:22
4 DOMBROWSKI Joe EF Education First-Drapac 0:29
5 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 0:30
6 MARTINEZ Daniel EF Education First-Drapac 0:33
7 PICCOLI James Elevate-KHS 0:46
8 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek-Segafredo 0:52
9 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling s.t.
10 CATAFORD Alexander UnitedHealthcare 0:53
11 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko-Citadel 1:02
12 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly 1:03
13 POWLESS Neilson LottoNL-Jumbo 1:04
14 VILLALOBOS Luis Aevolo 1:11
15 EG Niklas Trek-Segafredo 1:14
16 BROWN Nathan EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
17 HECHT Gage Aevolo s.t.
18 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott 1:23
19 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko-Citadel 1:27
20 JORGENSON Matteo Jelly Belly 1:38
21 BOUWMAN Koen LottoNL-Jumbo 1:41
22 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 1:44
23 EASTER Griffin 303 Project 1:53
24 OLIVIER Daan LottoNL-Jumbo 2:00
25 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 2:02
26 STETINA Peter Trek-Segafredo 2:21
27 MAAS Jan LottoNL-Jumbo 2:22
28 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly 2:29
29 ROTH Ryan Silber Pro Cycling 2:32
30 LEWIS Joe Holowesko-Citadel 2:36
31 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 2:38
32 BASSETT Stephen Silber Pro Cycling 2:47
33 CONCI Nicola Trek-Segafredo 2:53
34 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare 3:08
35 BLEVINS Christopher Hagens Berman Axeon 3:24
36 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 3:25
37 EENKHOORN Pascal LottoNL-Jumbo 3:37
38 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 3:43
39 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 3:53
40 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy 3:54
41 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 4:13
42 EASTER Cullen 303 Project 4:42
43 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling 5:40
44 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko-Citadel 6:01
45 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 8:40
46 FRAYRE Eder Elevate-KHS 9:39
47 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 9:43
48 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 11:18
49 JARAMILLO Daniel UnitedHealthcare 14:02
50 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 14:17
51 FERNANDES José EF Education First-Drapac 14:19
52 SAMUEL Travis Silber Pro Cycling 15:13
53 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First-Drapac 15:22
54 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly 15:33
55 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 15:41
56 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo 15:59
57 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303 Project 16:27
58 NORRIS Lachlan UnitedHealthcare 17:00
59 WINN Chris 303 Project 17:06
60 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy 17:18
61 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko-Citadel 17:36
62 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 17:57
63 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon 17:59
64 PATE Danny Rally Cycling 18:08
65 GIRKINS Kevin Elevate-KHS 18:54
66 CASTILLO Ulises Jelly Belly 19:17
67 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 19:37
68 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo 20:34
69 DANIEL Gregory Trek-Segafredo 21:37
70 STEPHENS Austin 303 Project 22:18
71 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 23:37
72 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate-KHS 23:46
73 BASSETTI Sam Elevate-KHS 24:03
74 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 28:38

Friday, August 17: Stage 2, Vail 15.9 km timed hill climb

Gavin Mannion

Gavin Mannion and Serghei Tvectov (pictured) put UnitedHealthcare in the driver's seat of the Colorado Classic.

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Gavin Mannion's UnitedHealthcare team.

Gavin Mannion and Serghei Tvectov start tomorrow’s stage 3 circuit race around Denver with 11 seconds separating the two teammates from first and second place overall. Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) sits 21 seconds back in third.

“Today was an awesome day,” Mannion said. “I felt great from the start and was happy to put together such a fast ride. This my biggest win to date and to have Serge come in second makes it that much better. The team has been amazing these past couple weeks so I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going.”

Team Director Seba Alexandre said it feels good to see all the hard work his riders have done throughout the season. “It’s paying off race after race,” he said. “Last week and on day one with Travis McCabe taking the win. Today with Gavin and Serghei. It’s just awesome that the guys can go well now. It was our plan to be 100 percent for Utah and Colorado and everyone is riding super well.”

Tvetcov, who finished second overall last year at the Colorado Classic, didn’t disappoint and providing the icing on the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling cake finishing 11 seconds behind Mannion, making it a 1-2 punch for both the men’s and women’s team.

“It was a great day for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling overall, we put ourselves in a great position for tomorrow, the queen stage.” Tvetcov said. “We have a lot of cards to play we have the strongest team and three guys in Top 10.”

Complete results:

15.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.145 km/hr

1 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare 25min 41sec
2 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare @ 11sec
3 CARTHY Hugh EF Education First-Drapac 0:21
4 DOMBROWSKI Joe EF Education First-Drapac 0:25
5 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 0:27
6 MARTINEZ Daniel EF Education First-Drapac 0:29
7 PICCOLI James Elevate-KHS 0:42
8 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling 0:48
9 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek-Segafredo 0:51
10 CATAFORD Alexander UnitedHealthcare 0:53
11 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko-Citadel 0:58
12 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly 0:59
13 POWLESS Neilson LottoNL-Jumbo 1:00
14 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly 1:07
15 VILLALOBOS Luis Aevolo s.t.
16 BROWN Nathan EF Education First-Drapac 1:10
17 EG Niklas Trek-Segafredo 1:13
18 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 1:18
19 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott 1:19
20 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko-Citadel 1:23
21 HECHT Gage Aevolo 1:30
22 JORGENSON Matteo Jelly Belly 1:34
23 BOUWMAN Koen LottoNL-Jumbo 1:37
24 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 1:40
25 JARAMILLO Daniel UnitedHealthcare 1:46
26 EASTER Griffin 303 Project 1:49
27 OLIVIER Daan LottoNL-Jumbo 1:56
28 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 1:58
29 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 2:01
30 FERNANDES José EF Education First-Drapac 2:07
31 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303 Project s.t.
32 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 2:15
33 STETINA Peter Trek-Segafredo 2:17
34 MAAS Jan LottoNL-Jumbo 2:18
35 FRAYRE Eder Elevate-KHS 2:20
36 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko-Citadel 2:27
37 ROTH Ryan Silber Pro Cycling 2:28
38 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 2:34
39 LEWIS Joe Holowesko-Citadel 2:39
40 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 2:40
41 BASSETT Stephen Silber Pro Cycling 2:43
42 CONCI Nicola Trek-Segafredo 2:49
43 GIRKINS Kevin Elevate-KHS 2:51
44 DANIEL Gregory Trek-Segafredo 2:54
45 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo 2:58
46 EASTER Cullen 303 Project 3:04
47 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First-Drapac 3:06
48 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 3:08
49 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare 3:10
50 NORRIS Lachlan UnitedHealthcare s.t.
51 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 3:12
52 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 3:14
53 WINN Chris 303 Project 3:16
54 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly 3:17
55 SAMUEL Travis Silber Pro Cycling 3:19
56 BLEVINS Christopher Hagens Berman Axeon 3:20
57 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 3:21
58 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly 3:22
59 SCHMITT Morgan Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
60 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy 3:28
61 STEPHENS Austin 303 Project 3:35
62 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 3:37
63 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo 3:43
64 EENKHOORN Pascal LottoNL-Jumbo 3:46
65 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly 3:48
66 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 3:49
67 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko-Citadel 3:53
68 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy 3:56
69 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate-KHS 3:57
70 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling 4:02
71 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon 4:09
72 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 4:14
73 BASSETTI Sam Elevate-KHS s.t.
74 NSENGIMANA Jean Bosco Team Rwanda 4:25
75 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 4:28
76 JEAN Émile Silber Pro Cycling 4:38
77 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 4:39
78 CHANCE Maxx 303 Project 5:05
79 PATE Danny Rally Cycling 5:07
80 TORRACA Nicholas Elevate-KHS 5:52

GC after Stage 2:

119.1 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 39.985 km/hr

1 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare 2hr 58min 43sec
2 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare @ 11sec
3 CARTHY Hugh EF Education First-Drapac 0:21
4 DOMBROWSKI Joe EF Education First-Drapac 0:25
5 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 0:27
6 MARTINEZ Daniel EF Education First-Drapac 0:29
7 PICCOLI James Elevate-KHS 0:42
8 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling 0:48
9 CATAFORD Alexander UnitedHealthcare 0:49
10 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek-Segafredo 0:51
11 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko-Citadel 0:58
12 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly 0:59
13 POWLESS Neilson LottoNL-Jumbo 1:00
14 VILLALOBOS Luis Aevolo 1:07
15 EG Niklas Trek-Segafredo 1:10
16 BROWN Nathan EF Education First-Drapac s.t.
17 HECHT Gage Aevolo 1:12
18 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott 1:19
19 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko-Citadel 1:23
20 JORGENSON Matteo Jelly Belly 1:34
21 BOUWMAN Koen LottoNL-Jumbo 1:37
22 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 1:40
23 JARAMILLO Daniel UnitedHealthcare 1:46
24 EASTER Griffin 303 Project 1:49
25 OLIVIER Daan LottoNL-Jumbo 1:56
26 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 1:58
27 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 2:01
28 STETINA Peter Trek-Segafredo 2:17
29 MAAS Jan LottoNL-Jumbo 2:18
30 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly 2:25
31 ROTH Ryan Silber Pro Cycling 2:28
32 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 2:34
33 LEWIS Joe Holowesko-Citadel 2:35
34 BASSETT Stephen Silber Pro Cycling 2:43
35 CONCI Nicola Trek-Segafredo 2:49
36 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 2:52
37 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare 3:04
38 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First-Drapac 3:06
39 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly 3:17
40 BLEVINS Christopher Hagens Berman Axeon 3:20
41 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 3:21
42 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo 3:43
43 EENKHOORN Pascal LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
44 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 3:49
45 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy 3:56
46 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 4:09
47 GIRKINS Kevin Elevate-KHS 4:25
48 EASTER Cullen 303 Project 4:38
49 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 4:39
50 NORRIS Lachlan UnitedHealthcare 4:44
51 WINN Chris 303 Project 4:50
52 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly 4:56
53 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy 5:02
54 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko-Citadel 5:20
55 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko-Citadel 5:27
56 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling 5:36
57 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 5:41
58 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon 5:43
59 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly 7:01
60 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 7:21
61 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303 Project 7:27
62 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo 8:18
63 SAMUEL Travis Silber Pro Cycling 8:39
64 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 9:07
65 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate-KHS 9:17
66 DANIEL Gregory Trek-Segafredo 9:21
67 BASSETTI Sam Elevate-KHS 9:34
68 FRAYRE Eder Elevate-KHS 9:35
69 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 9:39
70 STEPHENS Austin 303 Project 10:02
71 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 10:04
72 CHANCE Maxx 303 Project 10:25
73 NSENGIMANA Jean Bosco Team Rwanda 10:52
74 PATE Danny Rally Cycling 11:34
75 TORRACA Nicholas Elevate-KHS 12:19
76 SCHMITT Morgan Holowesko-Citadel 14:10
77 FERNANDES José EF Education First-Drapac 14:15
78 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 14:37
79 JEAN Émile Silber Pro Cycling 15:26
80 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 16:22

Thursday, August 16: Stage 1, Vail 103.2 km (8 x 14.2 km) circuit race.

Gage Hecht

Gage Hecht wins the first stage of the 2018 Colorado Classic

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

Vail – Riding in only his second 2.HC-rated cycling race, 20-year-old Gage Hecht (Aevolo) landed a huge victory in Stage 1 of the 2018 Colorado Classic here Thursday.

The Parker, Colo., native and Junior National Time Trial/Criterium champion set the pace early, attacking on the first climb, moving out in front and charging through the entire 64.1-mile circuit course ahead of the pack. Hecht’s inspired performance earned him the blue Gates General Classification leader’s jersey, the Frontier Airlines Sprint jersey, the Colorado Tourism King of the Mountain jersey and the Ikon Pass Best Young Rider jersey.

“I didn’t really expect at all to be able to make that move,” Hecht said of the final push to the finish, when he entered the homestretch barriers, cast a final glance over his shoulder and found he was alone. “I thought I’d give it one final attack, get some last TV coverage, get my name out there, hang on as best I could. It’s really big to win a race this big in my home state. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet.”

The first stage was comprised of a circuit race that took riders on an 8.8-mile loop beginning and finishing in Vail Village. In total, the men rode 64.1 miles, including 4,390 feet of climbing.

From the start line, racers launched immediately up Mill Creek Rd. – a dirt road taking them up Vail Mountain on a grueling climb that determined the Colorado Tourism Office King of the Mountain classification, an effort Hecht commanded from the first lap of the race.

The peloton then zipped down residential streets in Vail Village and along the Frontage Road toward West Vail before looping back to Vail Village, toward East Vail and around the Vail Golf Course. Here, the field picked up to a sprint on Vail Valley Drive. Hecht dominated from the start, winning the race in a total time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, 56 seconds.

Part of the pack of four that broke off early with Hecht and maintained a significant gap on the peleton for the majority of the race, Niklas EG (Trek-Segafredo) earned the First Bank Most Aggressive Rider jersey.

Coming into the Colorado Classic after another sizzling performance at the Tour of Utah, Travis McCabe (United Healthcare) was the second rider to cross the finish line Thursday, 6 seconds behind Hecht with Joe Lewis (Holowesko/Citadel presented by Arapahoe Resources) on his wheel in third.

“The last two laps started to get hectic,” McCabe said. “Guys were attacking on the hill; that forced breaks and a lot of disorganization. Once everyone got back together they were pretty much on the limit with the altitude and the climb. You didn’t have many cards to play with. Gage was incredibly strong today. He rode a beautiful race.”

Complete results:

103.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.488 km/hr

1 Gage Hecht Aevolo 2hr 32min 56sec
2 Travis McCabe UnitedHealthcare @ 6sec
3 Joe Lewis Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
4 Serghei Tvetcov UnitedHealthcare s.t.
5 Christopher Blevins Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
6 Ty Magner Rally Cycling s.t.
7 Michael Hernandez Aevolo s.t.
8 Edwin Ávila Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
9 Toms Skujinš Trek-Segafredo s.t.
10 Taylor Phinney EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
11 Ryan Roth Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
12 Neilson Powless LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
13 Brayan Sánchez Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
14 Griffin Easter 303 Project s.t.
15 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
16 Daniel Martínez EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
17 James Piccoli Elevate-KHS s.t.
18 Stephen Bassett Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
19 Robert Power Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
20 Gavin Mannion UnitedHealthcare s.t.
21 Luis Villalobos Aevolo s.t.
22 Daan Olivier LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
23 Hugh Carthy EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
24 Taylor Shelden Jelly Belly s.t.
25 Jack Burke Jelly Belly s.t.
26 Sean Bennett Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
27 Pascal Eenkhoorn LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
28 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
29 Joe Dombrowski EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
30 Matteo Jorgenson Jelly Belly s.t.
31 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo s.t.
32 Jan Maas LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
33 Nickolas Zukowsky Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
34 Taylor Eisenhart Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
35 Niklas Eg Trek-Segafredo s.t.
36 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
37 Alex Hoehn Aevolo s.t.
38 Nathan Brown EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
39 Rob Britton Rally Cycling s.t.
40 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling s.t.
41 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
42 Alex Cataford UnitedHealthcare s.t.
43 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
44 Edward Anderson Hagens Berman Axeon +1' 01''
45 Keegan Swirbul Jelly Belly +1' 24''
46 Rubén Companioni Holowesko-Citadel +1' 40''
47 Kyle Murphy Rally Cycling s.t.
48 Tyler Williams Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
49 Pier-André Côté Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
50 Cullen Easter 303 Project s.t.
51 Chris Winn 303 Project s.t.
52 Lionel Mawditt Jelly Belly s.t.
53 Lachlan Norris UnitedHealthcare s.t.
54 Kevin Girkins Elevate-KHS s.t.
55 Cole Davis Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
56 Rubén Plaza Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
57 Thomas Revard Hagens Berman Axeon +2' 39''
58 Andrei Krasilnikau Holowesko-Citadel +2' 59''
59 Lance Haidet Aevolo s.t.
60 Ulises Castillo Jelly Belly +3' 19''
61 Isaiah Newkirk 303 Project +5' 26''
62 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo s.t.
63 Maxx Chance 303 Project s.t.
64 Jordan Cheyne Elevate-KHS s.t.
65 Sam Bassetti Elevate-KHS s.t.
66 Travis Samuel Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Gregory Daniel Trek-Segafredo +6' 33''
68 Nick Torraca Elevate-KHS s.t.
69 Austin Stephens 303 Project s.t.
70 Jean Bosco Nsengimana Team Rwanda s.t.
71 Luis Enrique Lemus Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
72 Danny Pate Rally Cycling s.t.
73 Evan Huffman Rally Cycling s.t.
74 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
75 Eder Frayre Elevate-KHS +7' 21''
76 Brayan Chaves Mitchelton-Scott +10' 54''
77 Morgan Schmitt Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
78 Émile Jean Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
79 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy +12' 14''
80 José Fernandes EF Education First–Drapac s.t.

GC after stage 1:

1 Gage Hecht Aevolo 2hr 32min 44sec
2 Travis McCabe UnitedHealthcare @ 12sec
3 Joe Lewis Holowesko-Citadel +14''
4 Alex Cataford UnitedHealthcare s.t.
5 Pascal Eenkhoorn LottoNL-Jumbo +15''
6 Niklas Eg Trek-Segafredo s.t.
7 Serghei Tvetcov UnitedHealthcare +18''
8 Christopher Blevins Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
9 Ty Magner Rally Cycling s.t.
10 Michael Hernandez Aevolo s.t.
11 Edwin Ávila Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
12 Toms Skujinš Trek-Segafredo s.t.
13 Taylor Phinney EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
14 Ryan Roth Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Neilson Powless LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
16 Brayan Sánchez Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
17 Griffin Easter 303 Project s.t.
18 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
19 Daniel Martínez EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
20 James Piccoli Elevate-KHS s.t.
21 Stephen Bassett Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
22 Robert Power Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
23 Gavin Mannion UnitedHealthcare s.t.
24 Luis Villalobos Aevolo s.t.
25 Daan Olivier LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
26 Hugh Carthy EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
27 Taylor Shelden Jelly Belly s.t.
28 Jack Burke Jelly Belly s.t.
29 Sean Bennett Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
30 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
31 Joe Dombrowski EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
32 Matteo Jorgenson Jelly Belly s.t.
33 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo s.t.
34 Jan Maas LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
35 Nickolas Zukowsky Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
36 Taylor Eisenhart Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
37 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
38 Alex Hoehn Aevolo s.t.
39 Nathan Brown EF Education First–Drapac s.t.
40 Rob Britton Rally Cycling s.t.
41 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling s.t.
42 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
43 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
44 Edward Anderson Hagens Berman Axeon +1' 13''
45 Keegan Swirbul Jelly Belly +1' 36''
46 Rubén Companioni Holowesko-Citadel +1' 52''
47 Kyle Murphy Rally Cycling s.t.
48 Tyler Williams Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
49 Pier-André Côté Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
50 Cullen Easter 303 Project s.t.
51 Chris Winn 303 Project s.t.
52 Lionel Mawditt Jelly Belly s.t.
53 Lachlan Norris UnitedHealthcare s.t.
54 Kevin Girkins Elevate-KHS s.t.
55 Cole Davis Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
56 Rubén Plaza Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
57 Thomas Revard Hagens Berman Axeon +2' 51''
58 Andrei Krasilnikau Holowesko-Citadel +3' 11''
59 Lance Haidet Aevolo s.t.
60 Ulises Castillo Jelly Belly +3' 31''
61 Isaiah Newkirk 303 Project +5' 38''
62 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo s.t.
63 Maxx Chance 303 Project s.t.
64 Jordan Cheyne Elevate-KHS s.t.
65 Sam Bassetti Elevate-KHS s.t.
66 Travis Samuel Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Gregory Daniel Trek-Segafredo +6' 45''
68 Nick Torraca Elevate-KHS s.t.
69 Austin Stephens 303 Project s.t.
70 Jean Bosco Nsengimana Team Rwanda s.t.
71 Luis Enrique Lemus Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
72 Danny Pate Rally Cycling s.t.
73 Evan Huffman Rally Cycling s.t.
74 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
75 Eder Frayre Elevate-KHS +7' 33''
76 Brayan Chaves Mitchelton-Scott +11' 06''
77 Morgan Schmitt Holowesko-Citadel s.t.
78 Émile Jean Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
79 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy +12' 26''
80 José Fernandes EF Education First–Drapac s.t.