McElveen edges Sonntag in photo finish at Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

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McElveen edges Sonntag in photo finish at Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Blevins crashes just before finish line
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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
Coca-Cola Men’s Pro/Open Road Race
May 28, 2016
47 miles from Durango to Silverton
Note: Place and name followed by time and hometown. Full results on 2B.
1. Payson McElveen, 2:30:07, Durango
2. Ben Sonntag, 2:30:08, Durango
3. Ned Overend, 2:30:08, Durango
4. Todd Wells, 2:30:27, Durango
5. Chris Blevins, 2:30:54, Durango
6. Troy Wells, 2:31:17, Durango
7. Cormac Mcgeough, 2:31:18, Carbondale
8. Christopher Brennan, 2:32:00, Silver City, NM
9. Spencer Downing, 2:33:30, Boulder
10. Chris Carr, 2:33:31, Golden

McElveen edges Sonntag in photo finish at Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

After touching wheels with race winner Payson McElveen, far right, Durango’s Chris Blevins crashed in the middle of the five-man sprint to the finish line in Silverton. It was McElveen and Benjamin Sonntag, far left, coming to the line together for a photo finish, with McElveen narrowly winning.
Ned Overend climbs Coal Bank Pass during the 45th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race on Saturday morning.
Men’s pro riders begin to climb Molas Pass on Saturday during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race.
18-year-old Christopher Blevins took turns leading the peloton as they climbed Coal Bank Pass during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race Saturday morning.
Christopher Blevins flew down Coal Bank Pass during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race on Saturday morning.
Traffic backs up behind the peloton as they climbed toward Purgatory Resort during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race Saturday morning.
Men’s pro riders were relieved to start Molas Pass after getting through a tougher climb on Coal Bank pass.
Fans lined up to cheer on the pro men’s racers during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race on Saturday morning.
Ned Overend climbed Shalona Hill has he has since 1982 in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.
The peloton climbed toward Purgatory Resort with Engineer Mountain ahead during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race Saturday morning.
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