Van Garderen wins 2nd straight USA Pro Challenge

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DENVER (AP) - American Tejay van Garderen claimed his second straight USA Pro Challenge with a sixth-place in the concluding sunny and warm Boulder to Denver road race seventh stage Sunday.

With temperatures in high 80s, Alex Howes of the United States claimed his first pro win by two inches in the 78-mile finishing stage of the 525-mile event that began Aug. 18 in Aspen, Colorado, finishing in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 20 seconds.

Van Garderen, 26 was victorious over Tom Danielson by 1 minute and 32 seconds. He led the race for the final five days.

Serghei Tvetcov of Romania placed third overall, trailing the winner by 1:45.