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Live highlights from Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs; John Murphy, Jenn Valente earn victories

By: The Gazette
August 10, 2017 Updated: August 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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photo - 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
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 

Gazette writers and photographers are all around the course for today's first stage of the Colorado Classic. Check the Twitter feed (at right for desktop users, below on mobile) for the latest updates.

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John Murphy overcame torrential rain late in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic to cross the line first in downtown Colorado Springs.

Stage 2 of the four-day race is 2 p.m. Friday in Breckenridge.

The final two stages are Saturday and Sunday in Denver. Read more here.

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Much of southeast Colorado, including El Paso and Pueblo counties, is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service in Pueblo announced.

Colorado Springs has a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday night.

"Some of the storms could be severe," the weather service reported.

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Light hail was reported along the course during the early stages of the men's race that started shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.  A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for northeastern El Paso County until 3:30 p.m.

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Colorado Springs resident and UCCS student Jenn Valente won Stage 1 of the inaugural Colorado Classic on Thursday.

Valente, who rides for Sho-Air Twenty20, prevailed in a sprint finish down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs.

Skylar Schneider of ISCorp finished second. Read more here.

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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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PHOTOS: Best images from Thursday's race in Colorado Springs.

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World-class cycling has taken over downtown Colorado Springs as well as the west side and Garden of the Gods Thursday.

The Colorado Classic is here and the four-stage event begins with a race through Colorado Springs.

Map: Routes for the inaugural Colorado Classic cycling race

With the race has come logistical challenges for both organizers and citizens. Much of downtown Colorado Springs is closed as is West Colorado Ave. and the Garden of the Gods.

List of road closures and restrictions Thursday in Colorado Springs.

Thousands are expected to line the course to catch a glimpse of some of the sport's best riders. The women's race will begin at 10 a.m. and the men's race will start at 1:10 p.m.

Best places to watch the race in Colorado Springs.

- Colorado Springs spectator's guide to Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic cycling race

The Gazette will be providing updates throughout the event. Here is some of our coverage leading up to today:

- Fast, difficult, wet(?) conditions expected for Thursday's Colorado Classic cycling race

- Colorado Classic bike race shaping up as Colorado Springs' epic summer event

How to follow the race on TV.

Age no deterrent for Colorado Springs cyclist.

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