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Colorado Classic: Stage 1 Colorado Springs

Highlights from the men's and women's races on the first day of the Colorado Classic road race. Photos by The Gazette Photo Staff

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John Murphy celebrates after crossing the finish line in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

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Cyclist race around the corner at Tejon Street and Colorado Avenue Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cyclist race around the corner at Tejon Street and Colorado Avenue Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The peloton climbs Ridge Road into the Garden of the Gods as the clouds build overhead Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during Stage 1 of the men's race of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The peloton climbs Ridge Road into the Garden of the Gods as the clouds build overhead Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during Stage 1 of the men's race of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis’s Angus Morton climbs Ridge Road into Garden of the Gods Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis’s Angus Morton climbs Ridge Road into Garden of the Gods Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Peloton races through Old Colorado City Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Peloton races through Old Colorado City Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans cheer for the peloton has they race up Ridge Road into the Garden of the Gods Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Fans cheer for the peloton has they race up Ridge Road into the Garden of the Gods Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans cheer for the leaders as they race down Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Fans cheer for the leaders as they race down Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Peloton races through Old Colorado City Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Peloton races through Old Colorado City Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators try to find shelter from a rain storm in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spectators try to find shelter from a rain storm in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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John Murphy, center in black, sprints ahead of the pack to win the first stage of the Colorado Classic Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017,  in Colorado Springs. Stage 2 is Friday in Breckenridge.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
John Murphy, center in black, sprints ahead of the pack to win the first stage of the Colorado Classic Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Colorado Springs. Stage 2 is Friday in Breckenridge. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fans cheer the for cyclists as they race through Garden of the Gods Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Fans cheer the for cyclists as they race through Garden of the Gods Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton rounds the corner as they exit the main entrance to Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The peloton passes the iconic sight of Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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A group of the men's racers head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's leaders head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's leaders round the corner as they exit the main entrance to Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic for the sixth and final lap in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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Community Service Officers watch as the men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic for the sixth and final lap in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic for the sixth and final lap in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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A group of the men's racers head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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A group of the men's racers head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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A group of the men's racers head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's leaders head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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A group of the men's racers head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The peloton passes the iconic sight of Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The peloton passes the iconic sight of Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's leaders head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic for the sixth and final lap in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The women's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's leaders head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic for the sixth and final lap in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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Italian cyclist Manuel Senni is the first champion of the Colorado Classic. In this photo, the men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017.(Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's leaders head down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic for the sixth and final lap in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The peloton heads down the hill in Monument Valley Park during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Storm crowds brew as the peloton crests a hill on Mesa Rd. during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic mens race on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Shortly after the photo was taken, the crowds opened up on the race with rain and hail. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Taylor Phinney is congratulated by his cycling great parents, David Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney as he goes up on the stage to get a jersey for being the most combative rider during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Colorado Springs’ Jenn Valente, right, racing for Sno-Air Twenty20, edges out Skylar Schneider, center, racing for the ISCorp team, for the win Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs’ Jenn Valente, right, racing for Sno-Air Twenty20, edges out Skylar Schneider, center, racing for the ISCorp team, for the win Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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The peloton heads down the hill in Monument Valley Park during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The leaders head up a hill on Mesa Rd. during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The leaders head up a hill on Mesa Rd. during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The leaders head up a hill while storm clouds brew on Mesa Rd. during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Cyclists round a curve at Mesa Rd. and 30th St. during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The leaders head up a hill while storm clouds brew on Mesa Rd. during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Cyclists ride through a downpour in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Travis McCave leads the pack in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. McCave was the runner-up, second to John Murphy. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Cyclists take off from the starting line in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Harry Allen brought his bike and colorful socks to watch Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Spectators take shelter next to the Gazette building during a downpour in the final lap of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Mark Jones watches Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, from a balcony in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Shea Shorland (right), 7, and Austin Shorland, 10, watch Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Cyclists ride through downtown in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Cyclists turn down Cascade Avenue in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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John Murphy won Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. He was followed by Travis McCabe (left) and Logan Owen. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Jenn Valente won Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. She was followed by Skylar Schneider (left) and Emma White. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Caroline Tobin (center), 8, watches Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Cyclists ride into downtown during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. John Murphy won the stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Colorado Springs’ Danny Pate, right, racing for Rally Cycling, talks to John Murphy, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing during the call up Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, before the start of the men's Stage 1 race of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs’ Danny Pate, right, racing for Rally Cycling, talks to John Murphy, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing during the call up Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, before the start of the men's Stage 1 race of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Competitors line up for the start of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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The women cross the starting line for the start of the women’s Stage 1 race of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The women cross the starting line for the start of the women’s Stage 1 race of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Competitors start Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, downtown. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Riders race through downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Riders race through downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Riders race though downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Riders race though downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The women's race of the Colorado Classic rounds the curve from 30th Street to start heading up Mesa Rd. on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The women's race of the Colorado Classic heads up Mesa Rd. after leaving Garden of the Gods Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The women's race of the Colorado Classic heads up Mesa Rd. past the Garden of the Gods overlook and cheering fans on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The women's race of the Colorado Classic heads up Mesa Rd. past the Garden of the Gods overlook and cheering fans on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Competitors ride into downtown during the second lap of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Lauren Forster, 10, and Jace Coston watch Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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The course was closed to a group of riders behind the leading pack, so they watched the leaders finish Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, downtown. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Competitors start the last lap of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente won the first stage. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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The women's race of the Colorado Classic comes down the hill in Monument Valley Park on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The women's race of the Colorado Classic rounds the curve in Monument Valley Park on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Colorado Springs resident Jenn Valente, right, won Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic women's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Skyler Schneider, left, took second. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Many fans rode their bikes to watch Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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