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by Shane Stokes
August 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boom scoops stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour, nabs race lead; Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway; Gaudu takes first pro victory on stage 3 of Tour de l’Ain, Pinot grabs race lead; Bennett victorious on stage 2 of Czech Cycling Tour; Poidevin wins second stage and overall at Colorado Classic; Murphy takes stage 1 of Colorado Classic; Despite ‘getting very old,’ Hayman remains as Orica-Scott captain for 2018; Axeon Hagens Berman team aims for Professional Continental status in 2018; Trek-Segafredo manager says team ‘not in a hurry’ to find replacement for Contador; World Champion Dideriksen to team up with Deignan in Revolution’s elite women’s championship; Video: Sagan – ‘I am young and beautiful’; Video: GoPro highlights from stage 1 of the Colorado Classic
American John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel) won the opening stage of the inaugural Colorado Classic Thursday, out-sprinting Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) and Logan Owen (Axeon Hagens Berman) to make an all-American podium in Colorado Springs.
The field of 96 riders faced rain, hail and standing water on a course that delivered six laps through the Garden of the Gods national landmark, fishing in downtown Colorado Springs — home to USA Cycling and the U.S. Olympic Committee. In total the 93-mile course delivered 6,000 feet of climbing.
Heavy rain in the final hour saw the peloton ride cautiously, and in the end a large group finished together, with Murphy benefitting from a leadout by teammate Miguel Bryon.
“I couldn’t really see through my glasses all that well,” said Murphy, who won a stage at the Tour of Utah earlier this month. “I was in good position in the last turn, and I had Joe Lewis and Miguel Bryon shepherding me through. Miguel was my last guy, and I yelled for him to start the sprint at 450 to go. He took me to 250. It was a perfect lead out — text book — and I was super happy to be able to go all the way to the finish.”
Murphy, who has the distinction of being the final rider to win a stage of the defunct USA Pro Challenge with a victory in Denver in 2015, took the GC lead heading into the second stage in Breckenridge.