Colorado Classic preview: Rigoberto Urán and Taylor Phinney among star names in action
By Velon Media Team , 11 Aug 2017
The Colorado Classic is a new race for 2017 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

A selection of the best riders in the world will take part in the inaugural Colorado Classic this weekend.

The four-day men’s race will run from August 10-13, while the two-day women’s edition will be held over August 10-11.

Velon will be providing daily GoPro footage from inside the peloton on all six days of racing.

THE MEN’S RACE

Stage 1: Thursday, August 10 - Colorado Springs Circuit - 150.4km

John Murphy sprinted to victory on Stage 1


Stage winner: John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel). Race leader: John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel).

Stage report and GoPro highlights

Stage 2: Friday, August 11 - Breckenridge Circuit - 103km

Alex Howes celebrates victory on Stage 2


Stage winner: Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac). Race leader: Taylor Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel).

Stage report and GoPro highlights

Stage 3: Saturday, August 12 - Denver to Denver - 130km


An out-and-back course via the Peak-to-Peak Highway and Golden Gate Canyon Park. A total of 2,052m of climbing.

Start time: 2130 CET. Estimated finish: 0040 CET.

Stage 4: Sunday, August 13 - Denver City Circuit - 120.1km


Ten laps of a 12km city-centre circuit, with a total of 487m of climbing.

Stage report

Start time: 2020 CET. Estimated finish: 2300 CET.

The teams

Axeon Hagens Berman (UCI Continental)
BMC Racing Team (UCI WorldTour)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (UCI Pro Continental)
Cannondale-Drapac (UCI WorldTour)
Elevate-KHS (UCI Continental)
Holowesko/Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear (UCI Continental)
Israel Cycling Academy (UCI Pro Continental)
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (UCI Continental)
Nippo-Vini Fantini (UCI Pro Continental)
Rally Cycling (UCI Continental)
Silber (UCI Continental)
Team Novo Nordisk (UCI Pro Continental)
Team Rwanda Cycling (UCI Continental)
Trek-Segafredo (UCI WorldTour)
UAE Team Emirates (UCI WorldTour)
UnitedHealthcare (UCI Pro Continental)

Riders to watch

Taylor Phinney, right, and Rigoberto Urán, left, during the Tour de France (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team): The 2015 winner of the USA Pro Challenge, which also took place in Colorado. Won a stage and finished fifth overall at last week's Tour of Utah.

Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac): A Colorado local, he will be keen to impress his home fans. Won two stages of the recent Cascade Cycling Classic, so he is in good form.

Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac): Another Colorado rider, Phinney enjoyed a strong debut Tour de France last month.

Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac): Starts his first race since winning a stage and finishing second overall at the Tour. The Colombian climber is in the best form of his career.

THE WOMEN’S RACE

Stage 1: Thursday, August 10 - Colorado Springs Circuit - 61.7km


Stage winner: Jenn Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20). Race leader: Jenn Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20).

Stage report and GoPro highlights

Stage 2: Friday, August 11 - Breckenridge Circuit - 51.5km


Five laps of a 10.3km circuit, with a total of 1,115m of climbing.

Start time: 1900 CET. Estimated finish: 2025 CET.

The teams

Alps Cycles Women’s Racing
Amy D. Foundation
Colvatia/Bianchi
CONADE-Visit Mexico-Specialized
Cyclance
Fearless Femme
Hagens Berman-Supermint
ISCorp p/b Progress
Palmares
Rally
Sho-Air Twenty 20
Team Illuminate
TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
UnitedHealthcare
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