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Routt County in photos: Aug. 21, 2013

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The peloton works its way up underneath Rabbit Ears Peak on Wednesday near the end of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Hundreds greeted the riders on the pass and thousands more waited in Steamboat Springs. As they biked up, the peloton were trying to cut into the lead built by Jens Voigt and a pack of four other breakaway riders. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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USA supporter. Submitted by: Lisa Haddad

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Wednesday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 finish. Submitted by: Lisa Haddad

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Wednesday's USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 finish. Submitted by: Lisa Haddad

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Jens Voigt in the lead descending Rabbit Ears Pass in the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Dana Stoner

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Jens Voigt in the lead descending Rabbit Ears Pass in the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Dana Stoner

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USA Pro Challenge descending Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday. Submitted by: Dana Stoner

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Ty Upson

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Ty Upson

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Ty Upson

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Ty Upson

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Sue Hansen

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Sue Hansen

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USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday. Submitted by: Sue Hansen

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The thickest part of the peloton. Submitted by: Lee McShane Cox

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The peloton leaders chasing down Jens Voigt. Submitted by: Lee McShane Cox

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Riders make their way west on U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Jens Voigt leads a breakaway group midway through Wednesday's Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Riders make their way west on U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Riders make their way west on U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Riders make their way west on U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Riders coast with the peloton Wednesday north of Silverthorne en route to Steamboat Springs during the third stage of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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The peloton climbs up a steep road above Lake Dillon on Wednesday during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Alone in a crowd, Jens Voigt works his way up Rabbit Ears Pass. He ditched his breakout group and took on the pass solo, managing to make it over ahead of the quickly gaining peloton. Teamwork won in the end, however, and Voigt's surprise bid to win Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge fell short when he was caught on the edge of Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Headed for the finish line. Submitted by Kevin Winslow

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Waiting for the finish. Submitted by Kevin Winslow

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Thousands packed into downtown Steamboat Springs as the USA Pro Challenge approached Wednesday. Fans used anything and everything to get a better vantage point. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Back of the pack. Submitted by Beth Provo-Hanlen

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Jens Voigt of team Radio Shack. Submitted by Beth Provo-Hanlen

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United Health Care team. Submitted by Beth Provo-Hanlen

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Champion System Pro Cycling team. Submitted by Beth Provo-Hanlen

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Taye Dover getting his face painted at the US Pro Challenge on Wednesday in Steamboat. Submitted by Michelle Dover

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We came from Australia to watch the race with 3-year-old Darcey, pictured, and 4-month-old Dashiell. We're here in Steamboat for the week and couldn't think of a nicer place to watch the race, especially with an Aussie in the lead. We'll be back! Submitted by Chakriya Bowman

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The lead group just after crossing Third Street with Mount Werner in the background. Submitted by Matt Helm

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Crowds cheer on Lincoln Avenue as racers pass during the USA Pro Challenge in 2013. After a slight slip in Steamboat's net promoter score, the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association is spearheading a new customer service program to help move the needle back up. Photo by Scott Franz

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The lead group just after crossing Third Street with Mount Werner in the background. Submitted by Matt Helm

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Peter Sagan wins Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in downtown Steamboat Springs. Submitted by Kevin Dietrich

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Thousands of people packed into downtown Steamboat Springs on Wednesday to watch the USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 finish, but area businesses had mixed results. Photo by Scott Franz

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Fans cheer in downtown Steamboat Springs as the racers approach the finish line.

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Cortni O'Brien and her son, Evan, watch the USA Pro Challenge on a large screen in downtown Steamboat Springs. Photo by Scott Franz

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Crowds on the Routt County Courthouse lawn watch the racers get closer to Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Scott Franz

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Jens Voigt leading into Steamboat Spring in Stage 3 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by Casey Barnett

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Smokey Bear visits fans at the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Garth Greene, of Silverthorne, chases a cyclist approaching the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Maddy Marsh, left, of Vail, and Kara Shell, of Ohio, run with cyclists at the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Peter Spurlin, of Fort Collins, uses chalk to draw the Colorado flag at the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Workers prepare the King of the Mountain finish line at the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Peter Sagan pushes for the finish line in downtown Steamboat Springs. Photo by Dan Tullos

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Honey Stinger's Buzz the Bee gives Niwot cyclist Bruce Wittich a hand near the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Cyclists climb toward the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan celebrates at the front of the pack Wednesday in downtown Steamboat Springs following his win in Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Scott Franz

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Bicycling down Lincoln Avenue on the way to the Kids Strider Bike Cup. Submitted by Juli Montes

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Youngsters enjoy the Kids Zone while waiting for the USA Pro Challenge finish. Submitted by Juli Montes

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A photo of the USA Pro Challenge finish on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. Submitted by Jane Johnson Russell

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Mike Cruse lounges around at noon to safeguard his prime spot to watch the USA Pro Challenge finish in downtown Steamboat Springs. Fans started camping out at the finish line as early as 8:30 a.m. prior to the expected finish time of 4:45 p.m. Photo by Scott Franz

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Lachlan Morton in yellow for Stage 3. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Peter Sagan, current green jersey here and at Tour de France, greeting fans in Breckenridge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Owen Wither, 6, runs next to a biker on Rabbit Ears Pass while waiting for the USA Pro Challenge riders to arrive from Breckenridge. Submitted by Scott Wither.

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