Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee, Wash., bolted to the front in the final 100 yards and pedaled to an unchallenged sprint win and the race lead Monday in the opening stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), who claimed his first Tour de France stage win last year, captured his first victory this season in the 125.7-mile road race from Durango in 4 hours, 42 minutes and 48 seconds.
Italian Alesssandro Bazzana (Team Type 1-Sanofi) was second in stage 1, trailing by several bike lengths but officially in the same time.
Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannnondale) of Italy was third in the stage that included nearly 11,000 feet of climbing and was held in periodic light rain.
The seven-day, 683-mile event continues Tuesday with the 99.2-mile Montrose to Mt. Crested Butte road race. The undulating stage features three category 3 climbs, including the final 2-mile climb to the finish.