After today's stage, in which Italian rider Elia Viviani made a tremendous last-moment sprint to take first, here are your standings, which haven't changed at all in terms of the top five, but have shifted a bit in the middle of the pack:
——- ORIGINAL POST, 10:46 A.M., FRIDAY, AUG. 26 ——-
But in case there's any hoopla holdouts not in the loop, today brings us Stage 4 of the race, from Avon to Steamboat Springs.
A look at the standings after three stages shows a dominance of our home-grown boys: American riders hold first through fifth places, with Tour de France winner Cadel Evans 1:18 behind leader Levi Leipheimer, in seventh.
The Colorado-based rider I interviewed prior to the prologue, Timmy Duggan, currently holds 32nd, trailing Liquigas-Cannondale teammate Ivan Basso by only 34 seconds and two positions in rank.
From a press release from the Pro Challenge folks, here's a description of today's race:
Friday, August 26 — Avon to Steamboat Springs (82.8 mi/138.4 km)
Start Time: 12:30 p.m. MT
Estimated Finish Time: 3:45 — 4:30 p.m. MT
After a punishing Queen Stage and an uphill time trial, these cyclists will be longing for an easier day. But the rolling terrain of Stage 4, with a net elevation change of 5,000 ft. from start to finish, will provide spectators with one of the more interesting and dramatic days of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Without significant climbs or high-speed descents, cyclists have numerous opportunities for breakaways, fighting for every mile of pavement and risking everything for King of the Mountain and sprint line competitions. The day starts in Avon at Benchmark and Lake St., travels along Colorado Route 131 through Wolcott and Oak Creek, following 83 miles of scenery to the finish line in downtown Steamboat Springs at 6th and Lincoln.