Andy Schleck makes his way through the crowds at the last KOM before dropping into Breckenridge at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.
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Official presentation to stream live on Cyclingnews December 13
The host cities for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be officially presented at a press conference in Denver, Colorado on December 13, but information regarding the race’s host cities has been announced today, revealing four new towns and a new grand finale.
In 2011, the event drew the top three from the Tour de France and hundreds of thousands of cycling fans to the Rocky Mountains, where Levi Leipheimer took home the overall race victory from Chrisian Vande Velde and Tejay Van Garderen in Denver.
For 2012, the race organisers have chosen to bring the time trial drama home to Denver itself, rather than end the race with circuits around the Mile High City – keeping the suspense up until the very last stage.
Rather than begin with a prologue, the 2012 edition of the race will head from former 7-11 racer Bob Roll’s home town of Durango over the Lizard Head Pass to Telluride.
Stage 2 is set to revisit Crested Butte before the race repeats last year’s Gunnison-Aspen stage. The fourth stage will head from Aspen through Leadville and on up Beaver Creek village, while the fifth stage will crest the Hoosier Pass on a route from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs.
After being left out of host city status last year, the popular cycling hub of Boulder will host the finish of stage six before the time trial completes the race on the seventh stage.
“The host cities selected for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will enable us to showcase the beauty and hospitality of Colorado to a worldwide audience,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “These cities are valued partners who will work with us, hand in hand, as we continue to raise the bar for professional cycling here
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