VAIL — Aspen’s Tejay van Garderen extended his overall lead in the USA Pro Challenge on Saturday in convincing fashion.
Van Garderen, who is the defending champion, won the Stage 6 Vail Time Trial by 52 seconds with a time of 24 minutes, 26.5 seconds. He crushed his own course record of 25 minutes, 2 seconds.
The yellow jersey holder averaged 24.6 miles per hour in his ride up Vail Pass.
Riders braved cold temperatures and intermittent heavy rain during the time trial, which started at Solaris in Vail Village and finished 10 miles later on Vail Pass, an elevation gain of 1,694 feet.
Michael Rogers, of Australia, held the top time for much of the day, crossing the line at 26 minutes, 6 seconds.
That mark fell to Colorado rider Tom Danielson, of Durango, who finished with a time of 25:19, a personal best. Danielson ended up with the second-fastest time of the day, and moves up to second in the general classification, one minute, 31 seconds behind van Garderen.
Serghei Tvetcov, of Moldova, finished third with a time of 25 minutes, 35 seconds, and Rafal Majka, of Poland, was fourth, with a time of 25 minutes, 55 seconds.
Rogers ended up fifth on the day.
Tvetcov is now third in the general classification and Majka is fourth.
The race concludes Sunday with Stage 7, which takes riders from Boulder to Denver.