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USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Stage 3

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A woman in a duck head gives chase to a racer Thursday in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Spectators lined the streets during Stage 3 of the inaugural event. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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An Australian fan celebrates after the top Aussie cyclist — the top cyclist in the world, actually — Cadel Evans, flew through the crowd toward the finish line of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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A Colorado-flag toting fan leads American cyclist Christian Vande Velde toward the finish line Thursday in Vail during the third stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tom Danielson races in front of fans Thursday at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Levi Leipheimer charges through the crowd toward the finish line of the third stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail on Thursday. Leipheimer, who led the entire field earlier in the race, recaptured the yellow jersey with his victory in the day's time trail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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A giant Colorado state flag waves over the road Thursday during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Ivan Basso pedals through the crowd Thursday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Corey Prager, aka "Buzz" the Honey Stinger bee, attracts a crowd Thursday in Vail. Photo by Luke Graham

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Corey Prager, dressed as "Buzz" the Honey Stinger bee, mixes it up with other costumed cycling fans Thursday in Vail for Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Photo by Luke Graham

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Levi Leipheimer celebrates recapturing the yellow jersey in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Thursday after winning the Stage 3 time trail in Vail. Leipheimer won the day’s stage only by a fraction of a second — he was 0.58 seconds ahead of fellow American Christian Vande Velde — but took an 11-second lead in the race’s overall standings. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Levi Leipheimer accepts the gifts that came with his Stage 3 win Thursday in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Leipheimer edged out fellow American Christian Vande Velde to win the stage but took a commanding lead in the seven-day long race. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Fans photograph the yellow jersey ceremony after the third stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Thursday in Vail. Racers will arrive in Steamboat Springs today for a Stage 4 finish at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue downtown. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tejay Van Garderen races Thursday toward the finish line in Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Stage 4 will roll into Steamboat Springs on Friday from Avon. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tejay Van Garderen races Thursday toward the finish line in Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Stage 4 will roll into Steamboat Springs on Friday from Avon. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Levi Leipheimer charges through the crowd toward the finish line of the third stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail on Thursday. Leipheimer, who led the entire field earlier in the race, recaptured the yellow jersey with his victory in the day's time trail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Levi Leipheimer races toward the finish of Stage 3 in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tour de France champion Cadel Evans pushes toward the finish line Thursday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Racers will arrive in Steamboat Springs this afternoon for the Stage 4 finish and leave Saturday morning as part of Stage 5. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Ivan Basso pedals through the crowd Thursday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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The walls close in around Andy Schleck on Thursday as he races in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Sebastien Salas rides Thursday in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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An American flag-waving gorilla cheers on riders Thursday in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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