Alex Howes wins second stage at Colorado Classic
Aug 12 2017 12:57 am CET

Alex Howes wins second stage at Colorado Classic
Alex Howes wins second stage at Colorado Classic
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Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac) has won the second stage of the Colorado Classic. The rider was the strongest in a sprint of two, crossing the line ahead of Team Hincapie's TJ Eisenhart.

The second stage of the Colorado Classic was 103 kilometres long arriving in Breckenridge and featuring a series of climbs, most importantly the Moonstone.

The day started with a breakaway of three men including TJ Eisenhart (Team Hincapie), Daniel Eaton (UnitedHealthcare), and Logan Owen (Axeon Hagens Berman). A group of 12 riders chased them down and eventually caught them, only for new attacks to be launched shortly after.

As the kilometres passed Eisenhart tried his luck again and broke free from this reduced group, forming a gap of more than two minutes with the chasers. Behind the leader, riders like Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo), Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) and Manuel Senni (BMC) set a high pace to reel him back in.

With two kilometres to go and after dropping some more members of the chase group, Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) joined Eisenhart in front and continued pulling to keep the second group from catching them.

Eisenhart attacked on the last descent of the day and was closely followed by Howes, while Stetina stayed behind. The final sprint was between the two men and Howes showed to be the strongest, crossing the line just ahead of his companion.



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