Stage two of the Colorado Classic featured the storied Vail Pass time trial course. #PinkArgyle targeted a win over the 15.88km course, giving every rider the opportunity to leave it out on the road. The six-man squad responded with an impressive showing. Three riders spent time atop the provisional leader’s board with three ultimately finishing in the top six overall.
“Of course we wanted to win today,” said sport director Ken Vanmarcke. “This result today is proof of the good performance we also showed in Utah. The guys deserve a victory, but today was an honest race and the best won.”
EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale staigiare, José Neves, racing for the first time in #PinkArgyle was the first starter on the stage. The 22-year-old stopped the clock at 27’48. The time would remain the standard to beat over the first hour of racing.
Joe Dombrowski passed his minute man as he climbed and reached the finish with a new fast time of 26’06. Hugh Carthy bested Dombrowski by four seconds, taking over the top spot provisionally. Gavin Mannion (UHC) broke the 26-minute barrier, bumping Carthy down one spot.
By race end, Carthy’s time was good for third place, Dombrowski slotted into fourth place and Martinez managed sixth place.
Mannion carries an 11″ advantage over his teammate Serghei Tvetcov into stage three. Carthy sits at 21″ and Dombrowski at 25. Martinez, who is 29″ down on Mannion, holds the best young rider jersey.
“It was a very tough time trial, especially because of the altitude,” said Martinez. “My goal is that we win the whole race with me or with one of my teammates.”