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Brutal day awaits riders in Stage 2

Stage 1 was supposed to be the easy day, but it turned into a major test. Now riders in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge face another major hurdle — or a series of them, actually — in a climb-filled Stage 2.

A memorable day for bicyclists of all descriptions in Steamboat Springs

Lowell Conkle, 57, has avidly followed bike racing since the days when American Greg Lemond first won the Tour de France for the first of three times in 1986. However, Monday marked the first time he’d attended a road cycling race in person.

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Steamboat surprise: BMC's Phinney wins stunning Stage 1

Boulder cyclist Taylor Phinney surged from an exhausted, exasperated peloton to win Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.

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USA Pro Challenge cyclists about to hit downhill home stretch of Stage 1 race

The second lap of Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge is nearing the expected sprint finish.

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Carrying the burden: Dark horse Israeli team thrilled to race Colorado

Team Cycling Academy is well aware it was a long shot to make the field of 16 teams in the USA Pro Challenge, but Israel's first serious pro team is intent on showing it belongs.

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Here they come! Riders expect swift sprint in Steamboat

It's going to be a sprint finish to Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs ... unless a cow gets in the way.

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Expect traffic delays and closures Monday for USA Pro Challenge

Major traffic reroutes and delays will continue today as 2015 USA Pro Challenge cyclists make two laps through Steamboat Springs as part of Stage 1 of the race.

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Cycling provides good, not perfect, cross-training for ski season

In a town known for its powder skiing and winter Olympians, all this pedaling around begs the question — is cycling good cross-training for ski season?

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Life in the peloton

Kevin De Mesmaeker only dreams one dream at a time, so while visions of champagne on the Champs-Élysées and Tour de France yellow surely dance in the imagination of many cyclists, he’s focused several steps lower.

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31 nations represented in USA Pro Challenge

As professional cycling teams cut across and around Steamboat Springs Friday, the race they were training for made official the start list for this year’s USA Pro Challenge. There will be 125 riders from 31 different countries taking part.

USA Pro Challenge: Top contenders

The teams and top contenders for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge

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USA Pro Challenge: How to build a professional bicycle

So what is the difference between your $800 road bike and the pros $10,000 chariot? In short, modern technology and lots of carbon fiber.

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Adventure of the Week: The day I raced the peloton

Routt County's Coal Mine Loop is a great local road riding challenge

The Coal Mine Loop, the setting for Monday's Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge, is a beautiful local challenge for road bikers. It's a gritty and exhausting test for one sports writer.

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USA Pro Challenge: Spectators urged to curb eagerness for souvenir photos and keep the peloton safe

Competitors in the Tour de France this year had to avoid cows in the highway during a high-speed descent. But injuries caused by careless fans are unfair to the athletes. And it happens at races all over the world.

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USA Pro Challenge: What to expect: Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge

Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will likely feature a fast charge down Oak Creek Canyon, across the Yampa River Valley and into Steamboat Springs for a sprint finish. Here's how fans can expect it to unfold.

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