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In the Pits: Colorado Classic Stage 3

VN Tech Editor Dan Cavallari toured the staging area prior to stage 3 of the Colorado Classic in Denver.
Maxx Chance
303 Project’s Maxx Chance’s Scott Foil setup may not look out of the ordinary at first glance. But his size 54cm frame is paired with a super long 140mm stem (Chance said that was the longest stem he could find). His seatpost too is extended as high as possible, above the minimum insertion point Chance runs a small frame size for his height (5’10”), since, as he says, he’s got long limbs and a short torso. .Photo: Dan Cavallari |
140mm stem
140mm of fury on Maxx Chance’s cockpit. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Minimum insertion
Chance’s seatpost extends beyond the minimum insertion mark. His saddle height is a whopping 79.5cm. Don’t try this at home. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Snub nose saddle
Chance’s snub nose saddle is in keeping with a growing trend in the peloton. The saddle’s shorter length and wider nose allow the rider to move freely around the saddle and find a comfortable forward position. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Oversize pulleys
Chance’s teammate Isaiah Newkirk runs oversize derailleur pulleys, a small (but pricey) watt savings since the chain does less bending , thereby reducing friction. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
That thing UCI legal?
Sometimes motor doping is okay. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Jelly Belly's farewell tour
We’ll certainly miss this paint job. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Jelly Belly
The most delicious bikes in the peloton? Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Shimano 105
Think you need the top of the line gear to go fast? Think again. Team Jelly Belly bikes are outfitted with Shimano’s workhorse 105 groupsets. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod
All EF-Drapac riders were on board Cannondale’s lightweight climbing bike, the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Joe Dombrowski was running aero handlebars on his SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod during stage 3 of the Colorado Classic. Every gain matters: Dombrowski spent a good portion of the day in the break. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Red zone
The single red spoke on Dombrowski’s bike isn’t a style choice. That’s low mechanics keep track of a wheel that’s had a spoke replaced. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Dombrowski runs a snub nose Prologo saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Taylor Phinney's stem
The pros ride the bikes that you and I ride…with some notable customizations. Taylor Phinney’s FSA stem, for example, features a dramatic length and drop to accommodate his lanky frame. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Travis McCabe's Orbea
Travis McCabe, fresh off a dominant performance at the Tour of Utah, started Stage 3 at the Colorado Classic on board this Orbea Orca. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Travis McCabe's Orbea
A small personal touch adorns McCabe’s top tube. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Tolerant, tightly
McCabe’s Pioneer power meter leaves little room for error on the non-drive side. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Snubbed again
Sensing a theme? McCabe also runs a snub-nose saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Sparklepony paint job
Israel Cycling Academy bikes feature a pretty sweet sparkle paint job. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Big ol' map
When you really need directions but forgot your reading glasses at home… Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Toms Skujins' Trek Madone
It was only a few short weeks ago that Trek-Segafredo’s Toms Skujins was making a name for himself at the Tour de France. He started stage 3 on board his disc-equipped Trek Madone.Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Eisenhart's BMC
TJ Eisenhart animated the Colorado Classic in 2017 but has been quiet this year. He was riding this BMC Teammachine. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Eisenhart is a snub-nose subscriber too. He runs the Pro Stealth saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Some mid-stage reminders. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Battle scars
Eisenhart’s shifters have taken the brunt of some impacts, it seems. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
TJ Eisenhart's BMC
Despite his tall frame, Eisenhart runs a size 54cm frame. Often pros will ride smaller frames to take advantage of increased stiffness and power transfer. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Huffman the bikepacker
Evan Huffman seems to be channeling his inner bikepacker with some seriously flared out brake levers. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Huffman's levers
For comparison, here’s the bike sitting next to Huffman’s. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Huffman's Diamondback
Huffman laughs in the face of the snub-nose saddle crowd with this triathlon saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Hugh Carthy's flashy kicks
EF-Drapac’s Hugh Carthy was sporting some flashy red Vittoria shoes for stage 3. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
EF Drapac shoe game
Taylor Phinney customized his Giro shoes with full laces. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Taylor Phinney's Cannondale SystemSix
Taylor Phinney’s backup bike for stage 3 is his Cannondale SystemSix. There was enough climbing to get Phinney on his lighter climbing bike, the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod. Photo: Dan Cavallari |