Report: Edmonson 7th on GC stage in Pro Challenge


First year professional Josh Emondson was 7th on stage 4 where Janier Acevedo was the winner and BMC are now 1-2 on the general classification with Tejay van Gardeneren leading Mathias Frank

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Van Garderen finished runner-up on the stage while teammate Mathias Frank was third on a rainy and mountainous stage which was a perfect day for the team. Van Garderen finished in the same time as stage winner Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) on the 165.6-kilometer race that saw the pair get a gap on the rain-soaked descent of the penultimate climb, then work together to roll in 13 seconds ahead of Frank.


Acevedo wins stage 4 in puring rain. Photo: PhotoSport International. uk usa asia.

“I never felt under pressure, especially because my whole team was so incredible,” van Garderen said. “I just need to keep my wits about me now, not get too worked up, and focus on doing a good time trial.” Frank, who soloed to win Tuesday’s stage into Breckenridge, is four seconds behind his teammate on the eve of a 16.1-km, uphill race against the clock in Vail. “It was a perfect day for us,” Frank said. “We had everything under control when we hit the bottom of the last big climb.”

“On the downhill, when it was raining, it was also in our favor because we have the best materials in the peloton.” Acevedo is third, 30 seconds behind van Garderen, and Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp), a further 10 seconds back, is the only other rider within a minute of the lead. Van Garderen said he is confident of his strategy for the same time trial that two years ago saw him lose the race lead on the way to a third-place finish.

Last year, he wore the yellow jersey for three days and finished second. “I just have to stay calm and be really smart with the pacing strategy,” he said. “Having a good margin on Danielson, I just need to conserve and keep a buffer, rather than really try to go for it.”


Nine man move led by Michael Rogers. Photo: PhotoSport International. uk usa asia.

Good day for Edmondson
For a first year professional, the stage saw Josh Edmonson show just why he was such a valuable signing for Sky last year with 7th place alongside the then yellow yersey Lachlan Morton (Australia) and Thomas Daniielson. The Yorkshire rider was able to stay in contention when the peloton split to pieces on the fearsome climb of Bachelor Gulch, and despite being unable to follow the stage-winning move, he pressed on and crossed the line in seventh position.


Garmin with the yellow jersey among their ranks, do the chasing. Photo: PhotoSport International. uk usa asia.


Pete Sagan all tucked nicely on a descent. Photo: PhotoSport International. uk usa asia.

1 ACEVEDO COLLE Janier Alexis Jamis – Hagens Berman 04:09:08
2 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team @ st
3 FRANK Mathias BMC Racing Team 00:13
4 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin – Sharp 00:22
5 BRENES OBANDO Gregory Champion System Pro Cycling Team 01:07
6 CARUSO Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 01:28
7 EDMONDSON Joshua Sky Procycling @ st
8 MORTON Lachlan Garmin – Sharp @ st
9 SCHAR Michael BMC Racing Team @ st
10 ATAPUMA HURTADO John Darwin Team Colombia @ st
11 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Team Argos – Shimano @ st
12 BENNETT George RadioShack – Leopard @ st
13 EUSER Lucas UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis @ st
14 SUTHERLAND Rory Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
15 DEIGNAN Philip UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis @ st
16 JONES Carter Bissell Pro Cycling 01:32
17 CHALAPUD GOMEZ Robinson Eduardo Team Colombia 01:36
18 WILSON Nathan Bontrager Cycling Team 01:42
19 HANSEN Jesper Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:47
20 CRADDOCK Lawson Bontrager Cycling Team 02:07
21 MANUEL SILVA PIRES Bruno Team Saxo-Tinkoff 02:09
22 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
23 VILLELLA Davide Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 02:20
24 ORAM James Bontrager Cycling Team 02:52
25 WARBASSE Lawrence BMC Racing Team @ st
26 MACHADO Tiago RadioShack – Leopard 03:19
27 BUTLER Chris Champion System Pro Cycling Team @ st
28 MEJIAS LEAL Javier Team Novo Nordisk @ st
29 ANTHONY Jesse Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 04:38
30 TVETCOV Serghei Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 04:40
31 VANDE VELDE Christian Garmin – Sharp 04:53
32 BEYER Chad Champion System Pro Cycling Team @ st
33 SUAREZ SUAREZ Juan Pablo Team Colombia @ st
34 AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades Team Colombia @ st
35 DAVILA LEMUS Luis Enrique Jelly Belly p/b Kenda @ st
36 CUMMINGS Stephen BMC Racing Team 05:08
37 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher Team Saxo-Tinkoff 06:02
38 CARLSEN Kirk Bissell Pro Cycling @ st
39 HOLLER Nikodemus Team Argos – Shimano 07:40
40 KL̦DEN Andr̩as RadioShack РLeopard 09:13
41 SCHLECK Andy RadioShack – Leopard @ st
42 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard @ st
43 LOZANO RIBA David Team Novo Nordisk 09:35
44 GESCHKE Simon Team Argos – Shimano 09:43
45 HENTTALA Joonas Team Novo Nordisk 09:51
46 KING Benjamin RadioShack – Leopard @ st
47 PANTANO GOMEZ Jarlinson Team Colombia @ st
48 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team @ st
49 DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres Team Colombia @ st
50 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin Sky Procycling @ st
51 OLSSON Michael Team Argos – Shimano @ st
52 ZIRBEL Tom Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 10:28
53 SCHMITT Morgan Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 11:08
54 ROMERO AMARAN Luis Jamis – Hagens Berman @ st
55 ROULSTON Hayden RadioShack – Leopard @ st
56 WREN Tyler Jamis – Hagens Berman @ st
57 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team @ st
58 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp @ st
59 EASTMAN Ryan Bontrager Cycling Team @ st
60 LUND Anders Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
61 DAY Benjamin UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis 12:26
62 HAGMAN Alex Jelly Belly p/b Kenda @ st
63 KING Edward Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 13:36
64 GRETSCH Patrick Team Argos – Shimano @ st
65 DEKKER Thomas Garmin – Sharp @ st
66 MASUDA Nariyuki Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
67 SAGAN Juraj Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 14:25
68 VOIGT Jens RadioShack – Leopard 14:38
69 MCCARTNEY Jason Bissell Pro Cycling @ st
70 GAIMON Phillip Bissell Pro Cycling @ st
71 OLEARY Connor Bontrager Cycling Team @ st
72 PERON Andrea Team Novo Nordisk @ st
73 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling @ st
74 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp @ st
75 BAZZANA Alessandro UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis @ st
76 PATRICK MCCARTY Jonathan Bissell Pro Cycling @ st
77 LOUDER Jeff UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis @ st
78 JONES Chris UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis @ st
79 BURNETT Ian Jelly Belly p/b Kenda @ st
80 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis @ st
81 ANDERSON Ryan Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies @ st
82 DRISCOLL James Jamis – Hagens Berman @ st
83 DUCHESNE Antoine Bontrager Cycling Team @ st
84 DAMUSEAU Thomas Team Argos – Shimano @ st
85 BROWN Nathan Bontrager Cycling Team @ st
86 PUTT Tanner Bontrager Cycling Team @ st
87 FENG Chun Kai Champion System Pro Cycling Team @ st
88 DUGGAN Timothy Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
89 MEZGEC Luka Team Argos – Shimano @ st
90 PATE Danny Sky Procycling @ st
91 LEWIS Craig Champion System Pro Cycling Team @ st
92 COOPER Marsh Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies @ st
93 BOSWELL Ian Sky Procycling @ st
94 ZABRISKIE David Garmin – Sharp @ st
95 RODRIGUEZ Fred Jelly Belly p/b Kenda @ st
96 MAZICH Sean Jelly Belly p/b Kenda @ st
97 SAGAN Peter Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 16:28
98 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
99 JACQUES-MAYNES Benjamin Jamis – Hagens Berman 17:57
100 MILLER Carson Jamis – Hagens Berman @ st
101 HAMILTON Nic Jelly Belly p/b Kenda @ st
102 COOKE Matt Jamis – Hagens Berman @ st
103 CAMACHO BERNAL Julio Alexis Team Colombia @ st
104 CALABRIA Fabio Team Novo Nordisk @ st
105 HUGUET Yann Team Argos – Shimano @ st
106 MILLAR David Garmin – Sharp 18:55
107 TARAMARCAZ Julien BMC Racing Team @ st
108 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling @ st
109 NISHIZONO Ryota Champion System Pro Cycling Team 20:27
110 XU Gang Champion System Pro Cycling Team 21:21
111 SOLADAY Thomas Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 24:01:00
112 DE MESMAEKER Kevin Team Novo Nordisk @ st
113 FRIEDMAN Michael Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 26:02:00


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