Taylor Phinney Powers to Time Trial Victory in USAPCC
In a battle between the experienced veterans and the newcomers, the stage 7 individual time trial of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge came down to a matter of seconds that saw veteran Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp take home the overall race victory.
home the overall win.
Last year’s fifth place finisher George Hincapie (USA) of Team BMC Racing, who is a former three-time national road champion and holds the record for participating in the most Tour de France races (17), ended his remarkable pro cycling career today with the 2012 USA Pro Challenge.
"I really felt the emotion from the crowd and this is what’s gotten me through the last several years," a deeply moved Hincapie told reporters in the finish zone. "The support from all of you is amazing and I’m so happy for this to be my last race ever."
"It's been a long career for me, a good career and I'm proud of it," Hincapie added. "I'm sad to leave, but at the same time, I'm excited to spend more time with my family and start a new life." Hincapie was quick to add he won't stay away from the sport too long. "I'm going mountain biking with a buddy of mine on Tuesday," he said with a smile on his face.
The final jerseys of the race were awarded under blue skies on the podium in downtown Denver. Vande Velde re-claimed the Exergy Leader Jersey. Several other jersey winners remained unchanged, with Jens Voigt (GER) of Team RadioShack-Nissan retaining the Nissan King of the Mountains Jersey (no points were awarded in today's time trial stage), Tyler Farrar (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp keeping the Waste Management Sprint Jersey and Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) of Bontrager Livestrong Team keeping the Aquadraat Best Young Rider Jersey. Tom Danielson (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp was awarded the Evolve Most Aggressive Rider Jersey for his overall effort throughout the week of tough racing in Colorado.