VN tech editor Dan Cavallari hit the pits prior to stage 4 of the Colorado Classic.

Colorado Classic fans
The crowds were light, but festive at the start of stage 4 of the Colorado Classic. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Colorado Classic fans
EF-Drapac has a mascot. It’s a strange mascot. But the kids love it, whatever it is. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
EF Drapac bikes
Many of the teams that participated in the Colorado Classic ran a pared-down affair, opting for camper vans instead of buses. But EF-Drapac’s setup was impressive, with a large bus and plenty of stowage for bikes and laundry in the rear. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Taylor Phinney's Cannondale SystemSix
Taylor Phinney spent much of Stage 4 in a breakaway on his Cannondale SystemSix. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Team Jelly Belly bikes were adorned with FSA’s wireless system, WE. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
This bike was a spare, mounted on top of a team car. Riders spent stage 3 on Shimano 105 groups rather than FSA’s electronic offering. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Pre-stage congrats
Trek-Segafredo’s Toms Skujins gives props to race leader Gavin Mannion (UHC) before the start of stage 4. Skujins helped animate the race during stage 3, ultimately coming up short of a stage win after a long day in the break. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Gavin Mannion
Team UHC has done an impressive job protecting Mannion’s GC lead. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Colorado Classic Stage 4
Riders rolled up to the starting line in Denver’s RiNo district. The circuit race wound through downtown Denver a total of eight times on a mostly-flat course. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Danny Pate
Rally Cycling’s Danny Pate waves to the crowd one last time. He called it quits after 18 years as a pro, making the Colorado Classic his last time toeing the line. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
UHC women's team
UHC’s Katie Hall heads toward the starting line with her teammates to check out the men’s race after locking in her GC win at the Colorado Classic. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Moots neutral support bikes
Shimano provided neutral support for the race, offering up these titanium Moots bicycles. It almost takes the sting out of getting a mechanical in a race. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Bob Roll
Bobke sighting! Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Mara Abbott
Olympian Mara Abbott was on hand during stage four to catch all the action. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Stage 4 start
EF-Drapac riders helped control the peloton right from the start, allowing Taylor Phinney to make the day’s break. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Stage 4 start
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Toms Skujins
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Taylor Phinney
EF-Drapac’s Taylor Phinney made the early two-man break. Phinney and Elevate KHS’s James Piccoli were soon caught by two other riders to form a 4-man break that stuck through most of the race. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Daniel Martinez
Photo: Dan Cavallari |