Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) rode agressive on the final steep climb, attacking several times. However, the Irishman was not able to break away from the group of GC favorites.
The old pros, Jens Voigt and Michael Rogers, led the break into Golden on the descent from Lookout Mountain.
Jens Voigt, long a fan favorite in the pro peloton, was in the twilight of his career at the USA Pro Challenge. He rode a custom-painted Trek Madone 7-Series equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 and chrome paint that was almost as shiny as his Dura-Ace cranks.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) had a comfortable lead with one lap to go. He knew, however, that Absalon would retain his lead in the world cup standings. He has had many epic battles with Absalon and today was another for the history books.
Just one day after a time trial crash that lost him the race lead, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went down again. This time, he couldn’t carry on.
When you think of Thomson you probably envision stems, seat posts and maybe handlebars at this point. But with Thomson’s latest project, you might just be left thinking single speed drivetrain. In addition to the components themselves, the concept for how the single speed parts will be sold would be unique to Thomson. Creatively named the Crate Motor concept, Thomson’s marketing manager David Parrett envisions the entire single speed drive train to be sold in a single box. That would include the forthcoming Thomson crank, bottom bracket, bash guard, true single speed chain ring, chainring bolts, chain, their new single speed cog system with 2 ratios, clear acrylic cassette body spacers, and a lock ring for somewhere around $700.
A tunnel of fans awaited van Garderen at the top of the course, in spite of the rain.
Fabio Aru (Astana) rode alone to win stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana.