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USA Pro Challenge; Stage 3

Highlights from Stage 3 from Gunnison to Salida back to Monarch Mountain.

Salida Circus director Jennifer Dempsey helps Jasper Lau, 13, with her costume while Lorri Lau, Jasper's mother, watches Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Salida Circus director Jennifer Dempsey helps Jasper Lau, 13, with her costume while Lorri Lau, Jasper's mother, watches Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jano Bachleda of Orangeguy Fence and Truss out of Boulder sets up barricades  Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the finish of stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jano Bachleda of Orangeguy Fence and Truss out of Boulder sets up barricades Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at the finish of stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The sun shines through a Colorado Flag as fans continue to fill along Highway 50 near the top of Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The sun shines through a Colorado Flag as fans continue to fill along Highway 50 near the top of Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators begin to set up as the sun begins to break through the clouds and the rain stops on Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before the start of stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spectators begin to set up as the sun begins to break through the clouds and the rain stops on Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before the start of stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Josh Donato, left, and Sierra Lamb of the Salida Circus put on their stilts before entertaining the spectators at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Josh Donato, left, and Sierra Lamb of the Salida Circus put on their stilts before entertaining the spectators at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Garmin Sharp's Janier Acevedo leads Tinkoff-Saxo Pawel Poljanski as they race down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Garmin Sharp's Janier Acevedo leads Tinkoff-Saxo Pawel Poljanski as they race down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Zane Senft, 13, of Denver writes encouragements for the cyclists on Monarch Pass in his chicken suit Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Zane Senft, 13, of Denver writes encouragements for the cyclists on Monarch Pass in his chicken suit Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado State Trooper B.W. Wilkins wears the queen stage hat while working Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado State Trooper B.W. Wilkins wears the queen stage hat while working Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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An exhasted Alex Howes of Garmin Sharp crosses the finishline of stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Howes lost the yellow jersey to Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing after the stage. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
An exhasted Alex Howes of Garmin Sharp crosses the finishline of stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Howes lost the yellow jersey to Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing after the stage. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jennifer Churchfield of Englewood, Colo., cheers Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during award ceremony after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Churchfield was celebrating her birthday while watching stage 3. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jennifer Churchfield of Englewood, Colo., cheers Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during award ceremony after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Churchfield was celebrating her birthday while watching stage 3. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team puts on the yellow jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after winning stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge to take the overall lead. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team puts on the yellow jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after winning stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge to take the overall lead. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kiel Reijnen of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team earns the Lexus Sprint Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Kiel Reijnen of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team earns the Lexus Sprint Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Clement Chevrier of Bissell Development Team waves to the crowd after earning the Best Young Rider Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Clement Chevrier of Bissell Development Team waves to the crowd after earning the Best Young Rider Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado's Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing wears the yellow jersey after winning stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado's Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing wears the yellow jersey after winning stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team celebrates after winning the Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team celebrates after winning the Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado's Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing reacts to the crowd while being interviewed Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, following stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado's Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing reacts to the crowd while being interviewed Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, following stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado's Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing bows to the crowd with his Best Colorado Rider Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The BMC rider won stage 3 and earned three jerseys.  The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado's Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing bows to the crowd with his Best Colorado Rider Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The BMC rider won stage 3 and earned three jerseys. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Adam Olson of Aspen cheers for cyclists as they race down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Adam Olson of Aspen cheers for cyclists as they race down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Members of the Salida Circus dance to the live music at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Members of the Salida Circus dance to the live music at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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David De La Cruz Melgarejo of Team Netapp-Endura races down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
David De La Cruz Melgarejo of Team Netapp-Endura races down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Michael Rogers of Tinkoff-Saxo throws his flowers into the crowd after winning Most Aggressive Rider Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Michael Rogers of Tinkoff-Saxo throws his flowers into the crowd after winning Most Aggressive Rider Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, after stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen edges out Tinkoff-Saxo's Rafal Majka at the finishline Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, to win stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Garmin Sharp's Janier Acevedo leads Tinkoff-Saxo Pawel Poljanski as they race down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Garmin Sharp's Janier Acevedo leads Tinkoff-Saxo Pawel Poljanski as they race down Monarch Pass Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Zane Senft, 13, of Denver writes encouragements for the cyclists on Monarch Pass in his chicken suit Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Zane Senft, 13, of Denver writes encouragements for the cyclists on Monarch Pass in his chicken suit Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Zane Senft, 13, of Denver writes encouragements for the cyclists on Monarch Pass in his chicken suit Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Zane Senft, 13, of Denver writes encouragements for the cyclists on Monarch Pass in his chicken suit Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, during stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. The cyclists raced 96 miles in stage 3 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Salida then back to Monarch Mountain for the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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