Mikel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the 2017 Colorado Classic on Sunday, as Manuel Senni (BMC

Mihkel RÄIM (Israel Cycling Academy) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the 2017 Colorado Classic on Sunday. Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) finished second followed by José Rodriguez (Elevate-KHS) in third.

The finish of the Colorado Classic didn’t come without drama, as Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) believed RÄIM veered off his line and forced him into the barriers during the sprint. The Italian’s complaints would fall on deaf ears and he would have to settle for fourth place on the stage.

The general classification did not change on the final day of racing at the Colorado Classic. Manuel Senni (BMC Racing) took home the overall title by 15 seconds over Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly), who won stage three. Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac), winner of stage two of the race in Breckenridge, finished third overall at 31 seconds.

How It Happened

The fourth and final stage of the 2017 Colorado Classic was a fast 120km (74.6mi) circuit race around downtown Denver starting and finishing on the Velorama Festival grounds in the RiNO District. The riders tackled 10 laps of the 12km (7.5mi) circuit.

Antonio Molina (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Ruben Campanioni (Holowesko-Citadel), and Fabio Calabria (Novo Nordisk) attacked from the start with no reaction from the peloton. The leading trio was soon joined by Christopher Blevins (Axeon Hagens Berman) to make four at the front of the race. BMC Racing set the pace at the front of the peloton, but with no threat to Senni’s lead in the overall classification in the breakaway, the gap to the leaders continued to rise steadily.

The quartet’s lead crept over the two-minute mark, but soon UnitedHealthcare sent a few of their domestiques to the front to control the break. Trek-Segefredo, Israel Cycling Academy, and Jelly Belly also assisted in keeping the breakaway close.

Coming back toward the finish line approaching two laps to go, Will Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) hit the deck on a corner. He got up right away, but would abandon the race.

Campanioni attacked the breakaway with 21km to go, as the breakaway’s lead over the peloton was a mere 40 seconds. Molina soon bridged to the Holowesko-Citadel rider, creating two at the front, as Blevins and Calabria were swept up by the peloton.

The leading duo crossed the finish line with one lap to go and held a slim 15-second lead over the Jelly Belly led peloton. The skies had darkened at this point with an impending storm, foreshadowing the breakaway’s end.

With the all breakaway riders back in the peloton, Trek-Segafredo and UnitedHealthcare kept the pace high to lead out Kiel Reijnen and McCabe respectively.

Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) brought Howes to the front of the peloton, as the riders navigated the last left-hand corner and sped into the 500-meter finishing straight.

McCabe opened the sprint, but soon faded as RÄIM powered to the front on the right side of the road. Canola tried to squeeze in the gap between the barriers and Raim, but was unable to do so. He waved his arm in protest as he crossed the line.

Senni took home the overall title by 15 seconds over Tvetcov with Howes in third, 31 seconds adrift. McCabe took home the Sprint jersey, and Tvetcov went away with both the KOM jersey and Best Colorado jersey. Jhonatan Narvaez (Axeon Hagens Berman) won the Brest Young Rider jersey.

Stage 3 Results

Final GC