DENVER – Defending champion Tejay van Garderen from BMC Racing won the USA Pro Challenge Sunday after setting a new course record in Saturday's time trial in Vail and starting the final day of the seven stage race with a 1:32 advantage over Tom Danielson.
Golden native Alex Howes from Team Garmin-Sharp won Stage 7 of the race, which finished in downtown Denver. Boulder's Kiel Reijnen from UnitedHealthCare came in second.
The 78-mile final stage left Boulder on CO 93, climbed Lookout Mountain in Golden before screaming through the suburbs to reach downtown Denver.
Once they got there, the riders took three and a half fast laps through downtown.
Van Garderen finished sixth in the race's finale, winning the overall race with a 90 second advantage over Team Garmin's Tom Danielson.
Here are the final standings for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge:
General Classification (GC)
· First – Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team
Second – Tom Danielson (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp
Third – Serghei Tvetcov (ROM) of Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Smashburger Leader Jersey – Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team
Lexus Sprint Jersey – Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey – Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey – Clement Chevrier (FRA) of Bissell Development Team
FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey – Jens Voigt (GER) of Trek Factory Racing
Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey – Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team
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