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USAPCC ’13 Stage 3 In Photos!
stage3-DillionDi650Stage 3 saw another great day of racing in Colorado topped off with yet another Peter Sagan victory and all with a background of simply superb scenery. Our photographer Darrell Parks was on the motorbike today to catch all the action.


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Roll out time in downtown Breckenridge.

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The peloton passes through a roundabout as they leave town.

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The peloton approaches the summit of Swan Mountain which came very early on in the stage.

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It was a far from easy day in the saddle but Sagan was well protected by his team all day and had the easiest ride possible into Steamboat Springs.

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The weather was good most of the day except for this quick shower which cooled the riders down but it was over almost before it started.

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The day’s break hits the long straight roads and rollers as they try to hold off the Garmin led peloton.

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Chris Froome and Richie Porte are both a long way off the pace in the GC battle but they seem to be enjoying their time in Colorado.

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There’s always work to do for the domestiques.

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Jens Voigt was in the break of the day but attacked them solo with 50km still remaining after he felt that the cooperation wasn’t good enough.

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Jens put on his suffer face and put in a great ride but it wasn’t enough for the stage win, getting caught just 3km from the line.

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Argos-Shimano sent some men to the front to help chase Jens down.

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Another day in yellow for Lachlan Morton.

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Sagan wins again!

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Peter Sagan took a comfortable sprint win at the end ahead of Argos-Shimano’s Luka Mezgec and Optum’s Ryan Anderson.

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The leader’s jersey podium after Stage 3.


Stage 3 Results:
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:04:18
2 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
3 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
6 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia
7 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
9 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling


General Classification After Stage 3:
1 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 11:35:40
2 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:11
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
5 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:00:18
6 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:29
7 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia 0:00:35
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:41
9 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard

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