KREMMLING —With cowbells ringing and the crowd cheering, the racers of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge ripped through Kremmling on Wednesday afternoon. Even the students of West Grand High School were able to get out of class to see the racers.
Racers came through the small town on their way to Steamboat Springs from Breckenridge during the third stage of the race, with Slovakia’s Peter Sagan racing to his second victory in the first three legs of race.
Sagan, 23, who is a four-time Tour de France stage winner, completed the 105.9 mile stretch from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours, 4 minutes, and 18 seconds. Sagan claimed the 2013 Tour de France Sprint Jersey.
“I’m very happy about my stage win today and I want to thank all of my teammates because they did great work,” Sagan said, in statements released from the USA Pro Challenge. “For now I feel good and think I can do well on these climbs.”
Australia’s Lachlan Morton retained the overall lead on Wednesday before heading into the fourth stage of the event, which started on Thursday at Steamboat Springs and ended in Beaver Creek.
The racers were met enthusiastically by Kremmling residents, who filled the sidewalks to catch of glimpse of some of the world’s best bike riders buzzing past as they started the trek toward Steamboat Springs.
Stage 4 is called the Queen Stage of the race and is complimented by what is considered one of the hardest climbs throughout the whole race and swings in at just around 18 percent grade. Racers are sure to have their skills tested during the Queen Stage.