2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Christian Vande Velde Lays Claim To Yellow Jersey

In the second edition of the USA Pro Challenge, Christian Vande Velde proved to be the ultimate victor.

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2012 USA Pro Cycling Results: Christian Vande Velde Ends Race In Yellow Jersey

Christian Vande Velde of Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda finished second in Sunday's 2012 USA Pro Challenge Stage 7 time trial through Denver, propelling him to the top of the overall standings lead at the conclusion of the race. Vande Velde beat out Levi Leipheimer, the 2011 winner, who held the yellow jersey entering the final stage. Vande Velde finished at 25:57:34, 21 seconds ahead of Tejay Van Garderen and 24 seconds ahead of Leipheimer.

The 9.5-mile time trial through Denver concluded with BMC Racing's Taylor Phinney (17:25) winning the stage by 10 seconds ahead of Vande Velde, who completed the course in 17:35. Tejay Van Garderen was 19 seconds off the lead. The full stage results can be found here.

RadioShack Nissan Trek won the team time competition by 2:58 ahead of Garmin-Sharp, 77:52:16 to 77:55:14. Jens Voigt of RadioShack took home the King of the Mountain victory.

Here is how the top 10 finished (complete results):

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Christian Vande Velde Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda 25:57:34
2 Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team (USA) 25:57:55 :21
3 Levi Leipheimer Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 25:57:58 :24
4 Andreas Kloden RadioShack Nissan Trek 25:58:42 1:08
5 Janez Brajkovic Astana 25:58:48 1:14
6 Jakob Fuglsang RadioShack Nissan Trek 25:58:58 1:24
7 Tom Danielson Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda 25:59:02 1:28
8 Matthew Busche RadioShack Nissan Trek 25:59:06 1:32
9 Peter Stetina Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda 25:59:13 1:39
10 Joe Dombrowski Bontrager-Livestrong 25:59:14 1:40

For more on the race, stick with SB Nation Denver, or head over to Podium Cafe, SB Nation's cycling blog.

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2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Results: Tom Danielson Wins Stage 3; Christian Vande Velde Reportedly Takes Over Yellow Jersey

Boulder, Colo. resident Tom Danielson was the winner of Stage 3 of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, while Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda teammate Christian Vande Velde has reportedly overtaken the yellow jersey as the overall leader (via USA Pro Challenge on Twitter).

The final top-10 for Stage 3:

1. Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda)

2. Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale)

3. Jakob Fuglsang (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek)

4. Gavin Mannion (Bontrager Livestrong Team)

5. Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team)

6. Andreas Kloden (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek)

7. Javier Gomez (EPM-UNE Cycling Team)

8. Ivan Rovny (RusVelo Cycling Team)

9. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda)

10. Christopher Baldwin (Bissell Pro Cycling)

The race continues on Wednesday with Stage 4, which takes the competitors through a 97.2-mile stretch from Aspen to Beaver Creek. The action is scheduled to begin at 11:35 a.m. MT.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more coverage of the Pro Cycling Challenge, or visit SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe.

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