Tom Danielson won the third stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday, and Garmin-Sharp teammate Christian Vande Velde took the overall lead in the longest leg of the event.
Danielson, from Boulder, Colo., claimed his first win since 2009, completing the 130.6-mile road stage from Gunnison in 5 hours, 2 minutes, 6 seconds. The stage featured two climbs with elevations over 12,000 feet.
Vande Velde, from Lemont, Ill., finished ninth in the stage and moved into the lead based on a tiebreaker, the combined lowest placings of the tied riders in each stage. Tejay van Garderen, the BMC rider from Tacoma, Wash., was second overall in the same time after finishing 12th in the stage.
Italy's Damiano Caruso of Liquigas-Cannondale was second in the stage and Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang of RadioShack-Nissan finished third, both 2 seconds behind Danielson.