The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team capped off a great block of racing with a 3rd place finish by Alfredo Rodriguez on Stage 4 of the Colorado Classic. The event spanned 4 days where the athletes battled the elevation on challenging circuits that provided fantastic viewing for fans and spectators.
Racing through the Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs, Joseph Schmalz quickly found himself in the breakaway of the day in stage 1. Joe represented the team well by gathering both KOM and sprint points. As the race wound down, heavy rain and thunderstorms began, adding a whole new dynamic to the stage. The break was ultimately reeled in before the finale, but Joe had gathered enough points in the KOM competition to be ranked 2nd.
Nestled at over 10,000ft elevation, Breckenridge hosted Stage 2 of the Colorado Classic. The course was a fast 7 mile circuit taking the competition through downtown and then up into the hills where they were met with excited revelers cheering them through KOM segment in style. The teams General Classification hopeful James Piccoli had a very challenging day on the circuit. The combination of the altitude and fatigue from his Stage 7 crash at the Tour of Utah began to take it’s toll while several of his teammates suffered untimely mechanical mishaps, placing them outside of the front group on the day. Never the less, the stage was exciting with the enthusiastic fans that helped cheer the athletes to the finish.
Hosted in the metropolis of Denver, Stage 3 took its toll on the team. With a valiant effort in the first kilometers of the stage, James Piccoli went on the attack. Soon to be brought back by the motivated peloton, the team decided that his work was done and it was time for him to abandon the race and begin healing and preparing for teams next race. Alex Hoehn, Joseph Schmalz, Eder Frayre and Alfredo Rodriguez continued fighting on as the rain began once again as they headed back towards the finish.
From the beginning the team had high hopes for the final stage in downtown Denver where sprinter Alfredo Rodriguez would have a chance to fight for the sprint finish. Ultimately, he finished 3rd behind Travis McCabe – UHC in 2nd, and Mihkel Raim – Cycling Academy taking the win. This team effort and finish to the event was a great final stop on an exciting block of racing for the team.
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