USA PRO CYCLING CHALLENGE: DANIELSON TAKES STAGE 3

The running joke at the Durango press conference last Saturday was how many cities across America Tom Danielson claims as his home town. His statement that he wants to return to live in Durango certainly helps his popularity with Colorado fans. The stage victory in the Gunnison-Aspen leg didn’t hurt either. In a tight run to the finish line the Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda rider was followed closely by the peloton, 2 seconds behind, led by Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale). The race for overall leader remains tight with GRS’ Christian Vande Velde holding the yellow jersey and Tuesday’s stage winner Tejay van Garderen zero seconds behind, last year’s overall leader Levi Leipheimer in 4th, 6 seconds back. Danielson is only 10 seconds behind.

Danielson also retains the King of the Mountain jersey, aided by a strong performance on Independence Pass. Tyler Farrar surrendered the Sprint jersey to Caruso.

Thursday’s stage is from Aspen (once again over Independence Pass) to Beaver Creek, a 97 mile leg mostly at high elevation. Should be interesting.

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