With a black eye and broken nose that he suffered two days earlier, Boulder’s Taylor Phinney was one of five Americans to finish the Tour de France on Sunday. He’s the only one of the five who will compete in the second Colorado Classic, Aug. 16-19 in Vail and Denver.
The race will announce its “initial” men’s rosters on Friday and Phinney will be one of the headliners, along with Adam Yates of Great Britain (named best young rider at the 2016 Tour de France) and Sergei Tvetcov of Romania, who was second overall in the inaugural Colorado Classic last year.
Phinney was injured on the final mountain descent of his second Tour de France last week when he hit a bump in the road on Stage 19, lost control, flew off the road and “took a tree to the face,” as he put it in a Tweet. Now racing for Team EF-Drapac, Phinney is a two-time world champion in individual pursuit and finished fourth in two races at the Rio Olympics. He finished 136th in Paris on Sunday.
Yates, of Team Michelton-Scott, finished 29th in the Tour de France and was in the top 10 through its first nine stages. Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) of Latvia was 82nd in “Le Tour” and will be racing here.
Another local favorite racing in Colorado will be Boulder native Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) who was fifth in last year’s Colorado Classic. His father, Dale, won the Coors Classic in 1979 and 1983.
Overall there will be 90 riders from 20 countries including four UCI World Teams (Mitchelton-Scott, Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, Team EF-First Drapac and Trek Segafredo) and five UCI Professional Continental Teams.
The first day of the Colorado Classic will be a circuit race in Vail on Aug. 16, which will be followed by a Vail Pass time trial the next day. The last two days unfold in Denver and the foothills with a 100-mile “Queen stage” incorporating Lookout Mountain and Deer Creek Canyon’s High Grade Road on Saturday, followed by a circuit race downtown on Sunday.