USA Pro Challenge: Van Garderen takes lead after Acevedo win
Last Updated: 23/08/13 2:28pm
Tejay Van Garderen congratulates stage winner Janier Acevedo
Tejay Van Garderen swept into the leader's jersey on day four of the USA Pro Challenge after forming a decisive two-man move with stage winner Janier Acevedo while Tour de France winner Chris Froome now lies back in 87th place after finishing well off the pace.
Van Garderen and Acevedo set a brutal pace on the tough climb of Bachelor Gulch which only Tom Danielson could initially contend with.
However, they dropped the Garmin-Sharp rider on the descent and the work Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) put in over the closing stages was rewarded by Van Garderen (BMC), who allowed the Colombian to take his victory in Beaver Creek.
Van Garderen's sole objective had been to wrestle the yellow from Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp), and that was a feat he achieved in some style. The American rider and Acevedo crossed the line one minute and 28 seconds ahead of Morton which mean Van Garderen now holds a four-second advantage over Mathias Frank (BMC) at the top of the overall standings going into Friday's uphill time trial.
Acevedo sits 26 seconds further back with Morton now 77 seconds adrift in fifth position.
The fourth day of action was billed as the Queen stage of the race and Froome was among those who tried to ride up the road before a nine-man move including his Team Sky team-mates Kanstantsin Siutsou and Danny Pate eventually formed.
Jason McCartney (Biseell) boosted their ranks after a long solo chase and their lead had peaked at almost five minutes when Siutsou split the break in half on the third categorised climb.
Siutsou and his four accomplices were still two minutes ahead as road ramped up on Bachelor Gulch, but with BMC and Garmin-Sharp pushing a frantic pace in the bunch, their advantage quickly tumbled and Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) was the final escapee to be swept up just before they made it to the summit.
As Danielson wavered on the rain-sodden descent, Acevedo and Van Garderen formed a productive partnership which saw them both emerge with prizes in the bag.
Stage four result
1 Janier Acevedo (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman, 4:09:08
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team, same time
3 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team, +13
4 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp, +22
5 Gregory Brenes (Crc) Champion System, +1:07
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling, +1:28
7 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling, st
8 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp, st
9 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team, st
10 Darwin Atapuma (Col) Colombia, st
General Classification after stage four
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team, 11:35:40
2 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team, +4
3 Janier Acevedo (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman, +30
4 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp, +40
5 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp, +1:17
6 Gregory Brenes (Crc) Champion System, +1:37
7 Darwin Atapuma (Col) Colombia, +1:52
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling, +1:58
9 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff, st
10 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare, st