Tyler Farrar wins 1st stage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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— Just call it a home mountain advantage. Or you can just chalk it up to two home team riders who picked themselves off the mat on the hard roads of France.

Team Garmin-Sharp, based just a 6 1/2-hour cab ride away in Boulder, had one of its best first days in its history in the biggest stage race in the state’s history. On a cloudy, cool perfect day for cycling Monday, the team placed three riders on the podium at the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Tyler Farrar, who limped to the finish of the Tour de France needing a hospital bed more than a bike, won a sprint finish to earn the yellow jersey. Tom Danielson, the Boulderite who didn’t even make it to Paris after spills turned his shoulders into broken pretzels, led for much of the race and earned the Most Aggressive Rider jersey.

Peter Stetina, a Boulder native who shepherded Danielson on a four-man breakaway, earned King of the Mountain honors.

For Garmin-Sharp, whose Tour de France rivaled “European Vacation” on the disaster meter, it was one mile-high homecoming.

Read the full story at The Denver Post's website.

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