Pedaling through the perfect storm

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Pedaling through the perfect storm

USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings excitement ... and baggage
Frank Schleck, a member of the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek professional, was bounced from the Tour de France after he tested positive for a banned diuretic that has been used to mask the presence of PEDs. Schleck won’t participate in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, but his brother Andy Schleck will ride for RadioShack.
Durango city worker Doug Dowers hangs a USA Pro Cycling Challenge banner on East Eighth Avenue, one of several signs hung around the city to embrace the start of the second annual stage race. Stage 1 will start Monday in Durango.
Cyclists started the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in downtown Salida last year. Durango will host this year’s opening stage, the first of seven that will run Monday through Sunday to Denver.
George Hincapie won Stage 2 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge last year in Aspen, and the longtime veteran is riding out his pro career in 2012 – and not without controversy. He’s been linked to the USADA’s lawsuit against Lance Armstrong as an informant against his former teammate.
A good showing by fans on the Colorado roads and NBC Sports viewers in their living rooms could evolve the USA Pro Cycling Challenge into the ProTour’s fourth major – an American version in the Rockies.

Pedaling through the perfect storm

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Frank Schleck, a member of the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek professional, was bounced from the Tour de France after he tested positive for a banned diuretic that has been used to mask the presence of PEDs. Schleck won’t participate in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, but his brother Andy Schleck will ride for RadioShack.
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Durango city worker Doug Dowers hangs a USA Pro Cycling Challenge banner on East Eighth Avenue, one of several signs hung around the city to embrace the start of the second annual stage race. Stage 1 will start Monday in Durango.
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Cyclists started the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in downtown Salida last year. Durango will host this year’s opening stage, the first of seven that will run Monday through Sunday to Denver.
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George Hincapie won Stage 2 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge last year in Aspen, and the longtime veteran is riding out his pro career in 2012 – and not without controversy. He’s been linked to the USADA’s lawsuit against Lance Armstrong as an informant against his former teammate.
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A good showing by fans on the Colorado roads and NBC Sports viewers in their living rooms could evolve the USA Pro Cycling Challenge into the ProTour’s fourth major – an American version in the Rockies.
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