Though 42-year-old retiring German cyclist Jens Voigt
couldn't hold on to the lead he opened up toward the end of his last race, he and the rest of the racers in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge still provided crowds of spectators with a thrilling experience from Garden of the Gods — which, you'll never believe, looks incredible from helicopter cameras — to Tejon Street.
The stage was won by Elia Viviani, with Martin Kohler and Serghei Tvetcov finishing second and third, respectively. Tejay van Garderen remains the overall leader.
Still, Voigt provided the most drama, pulling away in the western hills before ultimately losing the lead roughly a mile from the finish.
, he told the Gazette
why he was excited to finish his career here:
"I thought to myself, 'Where is a good place to end this journey?", Voigt said in his thick German accent. "Then I remember. I started my career coming to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. It was a special place for a guy from East Germany. The place was beautiful. The people were good. The training was very good. So, I said, this is where I should end it. In a beautiful place where they enjoy sport. They enjoy cycling. And, hopefully, they enjoy me."
Meanwhile, here are some photos and Vines from the downtown scene: