COLORADO SPRINGS — With just 1½ laps left in three laps around downtown Colorado Springs, the peloton finally caught the breakaway group Friday afternoon and from there Tyler Farrar broke out in the sprint to the finish line to win Stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge.
The Team Garmin-Sharp rider, who also won Stage 1 on Monday, finished Friday’s stage in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 27 seconds. During the stage, Farrar also reclaimed the green jersey as the top sprinter.
Boulder’s Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing who crashed in Stage 1 and injured is right knee, finished
second in the Stage 5. His teammate, Tejay van Garderen, kept the yellow jersey. Van Garderen kept the yellow jersey but remains tied in time with Garmin Sharp’s Christian Vande Velde at 21:32:45.
Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson remains atop the King of the Mountains standings as the top climber with 50 points, three ahead of Jorge Castiblanco of Team EPM-UNE.
With all the news about Lance Armstrong’s latest issue on allegations from his past in the air, Stage 5 left Breckenridge on Friday morning for the 117.9-mile race to downtown Colorado Springs.
The stage had one climb, then it was all about the sprinters as they roll downhill into the Front Range.
2:15 p.m.: Gap barely a minute
The stage continues to remain much of the same as the same seven riders continued to lead, but the gap has narrowed to 80 seconds.
As they hit the Woodland Park sprint line, the breakaway rolled through.
1:25 p.m.: Peloton gaining
With 50 miles to go in Stage 5, the same seven-man breakaway stayed
ahead of the peloton, but the gap had narrowed to 3½ minutes.
12:30 p.m.: Breakaway increases gap
With 75 miles to the finish, the breakaway group of seven riders has increased its lead on the peloton to 6 minutes, 20 seconds.
As the race turned east onto Highway 24 at Hartsel, rain began to hit the lead group.
11:45 a.m.: Through first sprint
Russian Sergey Firsanov from Team RusVelo picked up the top sprint points, riding in the breakaway group of seven riders as they hit Fairplay.
That group remained about 3 minutes ahead of the peloton, which includes yellow-jersey leader Tejay Van Garderen.
Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson retained the King of the Mountains lead after the climb up Hoosier Passm gaining a point on Camilo Castiblanco of Team EPM-UNE.