Manuel Senni wins Colorado Classic as Mihkel Raim takes final stage
Aug 14 2017 06:38 am CET

Manuel Senni wins Colorado Classic as Mihkel Raim takes final stage
Manuel Senni wins Colorado Classic as Mihkel Raim takes final stage
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Italian Manuel Senni of BMC Racing Team has won the inaugural Colorado Classic. Mihkel Raim of Israel Cycling Academy won the final stage.

The fourth and final stage of the American race took place in the city of Denver. The riders faced ten laps on a local circuit for a total length of 120.7 kilometers or 75 miles. Each lap included a short climb which could potentially shake things up.

A group of four jumped away from the pack early on but was caught at 11 kilometers from the finish. The final sprint saw Raim take the victory ahead of UnitedHealthcare's Travis McCabe and Elevate KHS Pro Cycling's Jose Alfredo Rodriguez.

Manuel Senni finished safely in the pack to secure his first overall victory in a stage race. The Italian kept his small advantage over Serghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly. Cannondale-Drapac's Alex Howes remained in third place.

"It's an amazing feeling! I'm very happy," Senni said after the stage. "The team did an unbelievable job for me. I have to say thank you one thousand times to my teammates.

"The team rode for me all day and I was still in the front in the last kilometer to stay out of trouble and take no risk, so I could even do the sprint. I finished tenth, which was enough to keep the jersey. It was perfect."

Senni, 25, had already finished third at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the Giro dell'Appennino earlier this season.




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