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USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Stage 4

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Thousands of spectators cheer as Elia Viviani of Team Liquigas-Cannondale races toward the finish line of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 26, 2011. Photo by John F. Russell

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Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle of Columbia makes a break from the penaton as riders push up one of the steeper sections between Wolcott and State Bridge during Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Avon to Steamboat. Dominque Taylor/Vail Daily

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Cadel Evans from Australia, front in red, keeps a small lead on USA's Levi Leipheimer, center back in yellow, as the peloton climbs a steeper section of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 4 course Friday from Avon to Streamboat. Dominque Taylor/Vail Daily

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The peloton approaches Steamboat Springs city limits on River Road near the end of Friday's Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Lee Cox/courtesy

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Cadel Evans, in the red BMC jersey, enters Steamboat via River Road during Stage 4 on Friday. Lee Cox/courtesy

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Andy and Frank Schleck, center in the Leopard Trek jerseys, enter Steamboat Springs via River Road on Friday during Stage 5 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Lee Cox/courtesy

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A hay bale sculpture of a Steamboat welcomes USA Pro Cycling Challenge riders to town on Friday. Lee Cox/courtesy

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A huge crowd of fans crowded into downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday to see the finish of the fourth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Steamboat Springs. Here, they await the award ceremonies on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Helicopter over the peloton outside of Steamboat. Lee McShane Cox/courtesy

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The peloton catching the leaders outside of Steamboat. Lee McShane Cox/courtesy

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Finish of USA Pro Cycling Challenge race in Steamboat. Jim Wachsman/courtesy

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Cyndi Marlowe/courtesy

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Michelle Freckleton/courtesy

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Michelle Freckleton/courtesy

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James Delk/courtesy

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Seeing these guys in action really puts things into perspective. The only obstacles in life are the ones that you perceive to be. James Delk/courtesy

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Persevering to the end. James Delk/courtesy

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A pair of Radio Shack team riders lead the peloton through South Routt County on Friday. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Overall race leader Levi Leipheimer hangs in the peloton between a pair of Radio Shack teammates Friday in South Routt County. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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South Routt school children cheer as the caravan for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge passes on Friday. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Frank Schleck, No. 22, rides Friday in the fourth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in South Routt County. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Fans south of Steamboat Springs prepare Friday for the arrival of the riders in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Elia Viviani, center, green and white, eyes his break as the racers near the end of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Steamboat Springs. Viviani broke free from the pack and won a sprint to the finish. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Teams jockey to get their sprinters into position as the lead elements of the peleton thunder into Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon near the finish line for the fourth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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A breakaway group of USA Pro Cycling Challenge racers pass through Oak Creek on Friday afternoon. Hundreds of residents lined main street to watch the cyclists breeze by a sprint finish line. Photo by Scott Franz

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Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup watches the USA Pro Cycling Challenge racers approach Toponas on a live feed Friday on a monitor on the back of an emergency vehicle. Photo by Scott Franz

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Oak Creek business owners welcomed the USA Pro Cycling Challenge riders with signs and in one case, a mannequin dressed up as a cyclist. Photo by Scott Franz

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An aerial view of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Friday in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Aerials / Cedar Beauregard

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Riders from a breakaway group pull out of Phippsburg on Friday during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Jennifer Elgin sets up a booth for Gameday merchandising, which sells official merchandise for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by John F. Russell

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Spectators start to arrive in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon ahead of the Stage 4 finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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View of downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday from Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare. Photo by John F. Russell

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Spectators start to gather around a big screen on the Routt County Courthouse lawn Friday. Photo by John F. Russell

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Daniel Macias/courtesy

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Artists do road work before the riders arrive in Steamboat. Eric Luck/courtesy

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Waiting patiently for the riders. Eric Luck/courtesy

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All gaps were closed as the riders arrived in Steamboat. Eric Luck/courtesy

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Three kilometers to go and it is a sprint. Eric Luck/courtesy

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Eric Luck/courtesy

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Displays sit on the front lawn of the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday morning as organizers prepared the venue for huge crowds. Photo by John F. Russell

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Michael Phalen rides a high-tech trainer that displays how much energy a rider can create at the Exergy booth at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Lifestyle Expo on Friday as John Grace, middle, and Chris Bennett watch. Thousands of people came down to enjoy the expo and many of the booths while waiting for the finish of Stage 4. Photo by John F. Russell

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Sam Skrocke, who works for Medalist Sports, sets up displays for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Friday morning in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Levi Leipheimer, who currently holds the yellow jersey in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, pumps his fist Friday afternoon on the awards stand following Stage 4. Photo by John F. Russell

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Bill Dorr/courtesy

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Theodore S. Schrock/courtesy

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Along the S-curve on Mount Werner road before crossing the Yampa. Kathleen Walsh/courtesy

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These girls have the American spirit. Jeff Hall/courtesy

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Summer McParland/courtesy

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Old Town Pub owner Kurt Vordermeier wasn’t complaining about the extra business Friday as a result of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Several downtown Steamboat Springs restaurants reported a busy afternoon. Photo by Matt Stensland

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SmartWool’s Marketing Manager Gardner Flanigan blows up noise makers that the local company handed out at the finish line of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Friday in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Spectators at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge pack the streets in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday for the Lifestyle Expo and Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. Photo by John F. Russell

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Paracyclist Anjii Hanson powers down Lincoln Avenue during Friday’s U.S. Paracycling Challenge in Steamboat Springs. Top paracyclists competed in a time trial prior to Friday’s main event. Photo by John F. Russell

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Elia Viviani, of Team Liquigas-Cannondale, walks onto the awards stage Friday in downtown Steamboat Springs following his win in Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by John F. Russell

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Elia Viviani, of Team Liquigas-Cannondale, stands in the middle of the Stage 4 podium Friday afternoon. He was joined by second-place finisher Michael Mørkøv, left, of Team Saxo Bank-Sungard, and Kenny Robert Van Hummel, of the Skil-Shimano team, in third. Photo by John F. Russell

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Levi Leipheimer, who holds the yellow jersey in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, smiles Friday afternoon as reporters ask him questions in a post-race press conference after Stage 4 finished in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Spectators raise their cameras during the awards ceremony following Friday’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish in Steamboat Springs. Photo by Matt Stensland

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A worker strings cable across the finish line of Stage 4 in downtown Steamboat Springs prior to Friday’s race. Photo by John F. Russell

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Riders cross the finish line of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon. Photo by Matt Stensland

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