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Colorado Classic gallery: Stage 1 surprise

The second edition of the Colorado Classic kicks off in Vail with a surprise solo winner in the men's race.
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Kendall Ryan of Tibco, Sara Poidevin of Rally and Katie Compton of Fearless Femme led the women off the line at the start. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Lauren Hall started the break with a flyer off the front of the women’s peloton. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Lauren Hall and Allison Beveridge took on the dirt road climb out of Vail. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Part of the Powless brother/sister team, Shayna Powless led a group up the climb. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Perfect cool weather and a big crowd in Vail Village got the race off to a great start. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
In the men’s race, riders negotiated a chicane and headed into the tunnel that led to the dirt road climb. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Just back from the mountain bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Christopher Blevins tackled the dirt section of the course with his mountain bike buddy, Neilson Powless. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
EF Education First riders took over the chase through Vail Village. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
After chasing the break alone from the peloton, Gage Hecht caught the three riders and went right to the front to pull. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
The peloton rolled through the village on Meadow Drive. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Rob Britton on the front, took care of his sprinter, Tyler Magner with Taylor Phinney lurking just behind. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
The peloton rode down Gore Creek Drive with its iconic architecture. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
A couple of colorful characters helped riders up the climb. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
U23 riders dominated the day, with Luis Villalobos and Sean Bennett on the front of the peloton. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Rally riders led the peloton through the chicane at the end of the first lap. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Gage Hecht attacked on the dirt climb above Vail to start his solo ride to victory. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
Gage Hecht won stage 1 of the 2018 Colorado Classic with a late attack out of the break. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Colorado Classic, stage 1
With his stage 1 win, Gage Hecht showed off his jerseys: points, king of the mountains, overall leader, and even the best young rider’s jersey. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com