Race: USA Pro Challenge, Stage 7
Start/Finish: Boulder/Denver, Colorado, USA
Distance: 125.5 kilometers
Denver, Colo —Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias kicked off the USA Pro Challenge with a bang, launching a late race attack where he almost won Stage 1. The 30-year-old Spaniard said he wanted to leave his mark on the race and on Sunday’s Stage 7, he did just that.
Early into the 125.5-kilometer race, 12 riders, including Megias, attacked. As the group climbed Lookout Mountain, a category 3 climb, the pace was too high for several escapees to maintain and the group was down to only five riders by the time they reached Denver. Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) attacked the group and only Megias could catch his wheel. The duo worked well together on the laps around downtown Denver but were still caught by a diminished peloton inside the final 15 km. Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) won the bunch sprint with Megias taking 13th place.
“I’m really happy with my race. The beginning of the race was good for me and so was the end,” Megias said. “I was thinking when I was off the front with Jens that this was his last race. I thought maybe if I could just work with him that we’d be able to stay away until the end. It didn’t happen, but I felt really good, even up until the sprint finish.”
Results: Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) took the win ahead of Kiel Reijnen (United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team). Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) won the overall race.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, resumes racing the second week of September at the Tour of Britain.