Elia Viviani led a stream of sprinters past a tiring Jens Voigt to win the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race Thursday while Tejay Van Garderen kept the overall lead. German veteran Voigt, who says the seven-stage race in the mountains of Colorado will be his last as a professional, made a gutsy move for the stage win with a solo attack of more than 40 kilometers that nearly gave him a glorious victory.
“It’s difficult to close with Jens,” a delighted Viviani said. “He’s a strong man. He’s a legend man.”
“You’ve got to play the cards life is giving you — that’s all I had today,” said the German, who will turn 43 in September. “Was sort of like a slow death,” he said. “I saw my time was going down … those long straight lines into the finish — it’s not in your favor.”
Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team proved he is King of the Mountains during the Queen Stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on Monarch Mountain, in the race’s first-ever mountaintop finish. Taking the stage win and the overall lead, in addition to the Lexus Sprint Jersey and the Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey, van Garderen dominated Stage 3 of the race.