USA Pro Challenge cycling race kicks off Monday in Aspen
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ASPEN, Colo. - The 2013 USA Pro Challenge began Monday afternoon in Aspen.
The No. 1 and 2 riders in the world -- 2013 Tour de France Champion Chris Froome and 2013 Tour de France Sprint Jersey Winner Peter Sagan -- are part of the 7-day cycling race around Colorado.
The elite professional roster of teams, which includes 128 riders from 31 countries, is comprised of seven teams that competed in the Tour de France, four Pro Continental teams and five Continental teams.
Race officials call Monday's stage one route a "tough day" with three 22-mile laps, each with 3,080-feet of climbing.
"The new for 2013 Aspen/Snowmass Circuit may be short on distance, but it packs a punch that will welcome the riders to Colorado," race officials said. "No one will win the 2013 USA Pro Challenge on this opening day, but without a strong start, someone could lose it."
Tuesday's will take riders from Aspen to Breckenridge. Wednesday's route is Breckenridge to Steamboat. Thursday's route is Steamboat to Beaver Creek.
Friday, racers will compete in time trials in Vail.
Saturday, the route will take racers along the Front Range from Loveland through Estes Park to Fort Collins.
Sunday, the winner be crowned after a circuit in Denver.
Learn more on the Challenge's website: http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/
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