Beaver Creek, Colo.(Aug. 23, 2012) – In an impressive solo breakaway that began less than an hour into Stage 4 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, Jens Voigt (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek powered through the 97.2-mile course to take home the win in front of massive crowds lining the uphill finish in Beaver Creek. More than five minutes later, the peloton crossed the finish line with Andreas Kloden (GER) of RadioShack-Nissan-Trek and Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team taking second and third, respectively.
It’s been an dramatic week of bike racing in Colorado. Pro cyclists have battled it out at high speed in the state’s thin mountain air. Today, more than one hundred and thirty racers will start in Breckenridge—then they’ll leave Colorado’s high country for Colorado Springs. On Thursday, German-born Jens Voigt took command of Independence Pass early on and dominated the stage. KSUT reporter Elise Thatcher accidentally saw some of that action first hand. She filed this report
Beaver Creek, CO - 40 year old Jens Voigt left everyone behind on the very first climb of the day and then rode solo for the entire 97 miles to win stage 4 of the Pro Cycling Challenge. The big German, riding for Radio Shack, suffered through three major climbs, several monsoon storms and temperatures in the low fifties before finally reaching the finish line in Beaver Creek, more than 5 minutes ahead of the main field.
Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda On the last 2k: “At 2K I didn’t think I was going to win. What was going through my mind? I heard my wife’s voice saying ‘don’t look back!’ All I wanted to do was look back, and I didn’t. So I guess those are words to for young riders to live by – when you want to win, don’t look back.” On the team plan: