John Murphy from Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sports wins Stage one of the Velorama Colorado Classic
The American of the Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team won the first stage Colorado Classic to become the race leader
The Colorado Classic started today in Colorado Springs. The riders had six laps and each of them had the KOM climb of the Garden of the Gods. The stage totalled 94 miles of racing.
An early break of five riders went away; Antonio Molina (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA), Joseph Schmalz (Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo - Vini Fantini), Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling), Angus Morton Belly p / b Maxxis) and Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwanda).
Both KOM mountain bonuses were won by Molina and the Caja Rural rider will start tomorrow's stage in the KOM jersey. The peloton lead by the Isreali Cycling Acadmy and then Trek-Segafredo, started the chase and quickly erased the lead.
The breakaway was caught and Taylor Phinney (Cannondale Drapac) decided to attack alone. At the final bell, Phinney had around 30 seconds, as the rain hammered down.
Phinney was caught with around 9 miles before the finish and immediatlely Manuel Senni (BMC), Simone Pettili ( UAE Team Emirates ) and Ivan Santaromita (Nippo Vini Fantini) attacked. The trio gained about 10 seconds lead.
Taylor Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel) and Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy) seemed to be in the lead with 3 miiles to go, but they were caught within 300m of the line, so it came down to a bunch sprint.
The fastest was John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel) ahead of Travis McCabe ( UnitedHealthcare ) and the third was Owen Logan (Axeon Hagens).
Tomorrow's Stage 2 is super tough and includes the steep Moonstone climb with 7,000 ft elevation gain in 64 miles at 10,000 ft elevation.
Phil Gaimon's Cookie Corner will be there, and you can join them!
VIDEO: 2017 Velorama Colorado Classic Stage 1 Final Sprint
2017 Velorama Colorado Classic GC after Stage 1
1 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 3:33:30
2 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
3 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
4 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
5 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
6 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy
7 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling 0:00:01
8 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
9 Christopher Blevins (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
10 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team