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2013 USA Pro Challenge: Stages 3 and 4

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge viewed from the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus. Submitted by Denise Roach

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Riders head for the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge as they head out of town Thursday as part of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by Joy Rasmussen

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Racers prepare for the start of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge in Gondola Square on Thursday morning. Submitted by Tania Coffey

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Children line up to participate in the Strider bike race Wednesday afternoon near the finish line for Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in downtown Steamboat Springs. Submitted by Paul Davis

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Spectators watch a BMX demonstration Wednesday near the finish line of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in downtown Steamboat Springs. Submitted by Paul Davis

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Spectators watch a BMX demonstration Wednesday near the finish line of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in downtown Steamboat Springs. Submitted by Paul Davis

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Spectators watch a BMX demonstration Wednesday near the finish line of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge in downtown Steamboat Springs. Submitted by Paul Davis

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USA Pro Challenge Stage 3. Submitted by Steve Vargas

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USA Pro Challenge Stage 3. Submitted by Steve Vargas

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USA Pro Challenge cyclists head to Twentymile Road at the beginning of Stage 4 of the race. Submitted by Joy Rasmussen

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Top cyclists pass Kum & Go in Yampa along Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by Verleen Tucker

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Moots riding club. Submitted by: Beth Provo-Hanlen

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Submitted by: Beth Provo-Hanlen

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Submitted by: Beth Provo-Hanlen

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Submitted by: Beth Provo-Hanlen

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USA Pro Challenge on Thursday. Submitted by: Dan Tullos

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USA Pro Challenge riders leave Steamboat Springs on Thursday as part of Stage 4. Photo by Dan Tullos

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Lineup for the start for the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Craig Canon

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Leaders at the start for the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Craig Canon

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Packed plaza for the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Craig Canon

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Boys showing their excitement for the Pro Challenge riders at the top of Apple Flats. Boy on left is Bennett Gamber, age 12. Submitted by: Beth Provo-Hanlen

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SmartWool's Dan Betts leads the peloton over the first climb in Thursday's stage of the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Robin Hall

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Andy Schleck signs autographs before the start of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Andy Schleck smiles at fans during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Andy Schleck goes to sign in at the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Chris Froome in Steamboat Springs during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Jens Voigt in Steamboat Springs during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Lachlan Morton in Steamboat Springs during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Freddie Rodriguez in Steamboat Springs during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Richie Porte in Steamboat Springs during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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Mathias Frank in Steamboat Springs during the USA Pro Challenge. Submitted by: Janie Johnson-Russell

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The big finish. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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Team meeting just before the start of Stage 4. Submitted by: Peter Binney

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Evan Weinman holds his antlers as he chases the lead group of USA Pro Challenge riders Thursday with his friend Lars Hannah. The Steamboat youth were spectating along Routt County Road 27. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Spectators watch as at the USA Pro Challenge peloton passes Thursday on Routt County Road 27 in South Routt County. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Riders work their way up an easy climb on Twentymile Road on Thursday early in Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge, which started in Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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The USA Pro Challenge peloton climbs a hill Thursday on Routt County Road 27 near Oak Creek. Photo by Matt Stensland

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The USA Pro Challenge peloton climbs a hill Thursday on Routt County Road 27 near Oak Creek. Photo by Matt Stensland

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The peloton rides on Twentymile Road near Steamboat Springs on Thursday during Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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A BMC rider signs autographs at the Stage 4 start Thursday in Steamboat Springs. The USA Pro Challenge left town after rushing into it Wednesday morning. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Overall leader Morton in yellow and Sagan in green sprinter jersey in the peloton climbing the second sister. Submitted by: Lee McShane Cox

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Team Garmin-Sharp leading the peloton up the second sister. Submitted by: Lee McShane Cox

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Matt Cook in King of the Mountain jersey leading the breakaway group on the second sister. Submitted by: Lee McShane Cox

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Peloton approaching the second sister on Routt County Road 27. Submitted by: Lee McShane Cox

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