Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Elia Viviani Repeats Victory in stage 5 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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08/28/2011| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Elia Viviani Repeats Victory in stage 5 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Andy Schleck (NED) of Team Leopard-Trek attempted to win his first-ever American race, but came 500 meters short as the riders sprinted into Breckenridge for the stage 5 finish of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge where Elia Viviani (ITA) of Team Liquigas-Cannondale crossed the line first to take his second consecutive stage win.

at speeds of up to 60 mph, only a couple of miles from the finish line. Schleck broke away from the group for a bit, but was rejoined by the other breakaway riders and soon Peterson fell back to the chase group, but in an impressive move rejoined the break again shortly after.

With each of the three remaining riders making a play for the front, they were finally caught by the peloton in the final stretch to the finish line in Breckenridge. In an all-out bunch sprint to the finish line, Elia Viviani (ITA) of Team Liquigas Cannondale crossed the line first with his hands in the air for his second consecutive stage win. Following closely behind were Jaime Castaneda (COL) of UNE-EPM in second and Daniel Oss (ITA) of Team Liquigas-Cannondale in third.

Hincapie said he survived a "rough day" in the saddle. "I wasn't really feeling too good," the three-time U.S. national champion said and continued "I kind of had an off day. I wasn't feeling very strong but the team really helped me out. They stayed with me and brought me back every time."

Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans told Roadcycling.com and Roadcycling.mobi he tried to be aggressive before today's major breakaway was established. "I just tried a couple times because we didn't have a lot to lose. We could have raced real conservatively and maybe done something else, but also maybe then nothing would have come about it. When you don't have much to lose, we tried to make some opportunities for ourselves. But it didn't work out today."

Heading into the final day of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Leipheimer retained the Quiznos Leader Jersey for the third consecutive day. Viviani kept the Smashburger Sprint Jersey for the second day in a row. Van Garderen kept the Sheets Best Young Rider's Jersey for the sixth straight day. The Nissan King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey was once again awarded to Walter Pedraza Morales (COL) of UNE-EPM. And finally the Exergy Most Aggressive Jersey went to Andy Schleck.

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