Gretsch claims USA Pro Cycling opener
HTC-Highroad time-trial specialist Patrick Gretsch took the honours in the opening prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.
German Gretsch set a time of eight minutes 27.5 seconds around the 5.2 mile course in the Rockies to claim the race leader's jersey.
"I put all of my focus into the TT (time trial)," said Gretsch, who also won the prologue of the Ster ZLM Toer earlier this season.
"I am in really good shape now. The altitude was difficult, but I was best with it today.
"We trained on the course a lot. I rode it maybe 10 times in practice, but I took the big corner a few miles slower today, but it was still a strong ride."
Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of BMC Racing finished ninth, around eight seconds behind Gretsch.
Stage one of six sees the riders travel from Salida to Crested Butte on Tuesday.