Nathan Brown was caught in the final kilometer by BMC teammates Rohan Dennis and Brent Bookwalter. Brown finished in the top ten and was awarded the most aggressive jersey. Brent Bookwalter of Team BMC won Stage 2 on Tuesday at Arapahoe Basin, just 50 seconds ahead of Brown. Brown says the altitude at 10,00 feet was a factor, “That’s what makes a climb so hard. It wasn’t that steep, but when you’re climbing at 10,000 feet, it makes it twice as hard.”Stage 1 TOP 5 winners. 4 out of 5 are Americans,
- Taylor Phinney BMC Racing Team (3:39:07)
- Kiel Reijnen United HealthCare Procycling Team
- Brent Bookwalter BMC Racing Team
- Ryan Anderson (Canada) optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
- Gavin Manion Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Brown was born in Colorado Springs, but grew up in Tennessee. Brown was confident as he started up to the summit of Arapahoe Basin. He had dropped his watts 40 below his normal sea level numbers and determined the time gap he would need for a chance to win.
The day’s breakaway began early in the race and was well established. The leaders approached the first climb at Rabbit Ears Pass, only 7km into the race.
“The goal for the day was to put someone in the break,” Brown said. “I didn’t expect it to be me, but when the break went and we didn’t have anyone, I jumped across. The break rode really well the whole day; everyone was rotating. When we got to Ute Pass I decided to punch it a little bit to test the legs of the other guys, and I could tell I was one of the stronger guys in the group.” Brown waited until the break took the final climb up to Arapahoe Basin and literally attacked with 20km to go and only Gregory Daniel (Axeon) close by. “We worked well together until the base of the climb, and then I just hit it,” Brown said.
Had he won, this would have been his first professional win at the USA Pro Challenge. His career is impressive with several races under his belt. His biggest professional achievements are as follows:
2013 USA U23 National Championships TT – 1st
2013 USA National Championships, TT – 3rd
2013 Tour de Beauce, GC – 1st
2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Espoirs – 2nd
2011 USA U23 National Championships, TT – 1st
2013 Tour of California, stage 4 – Most Courageous
2013 UCI U23 World Championships, RR – 13th
2009 – Tour Du Pays De Vaud, GC – 1st
2009 – Tour Du Pays De Vaud, prologue – 1st
Brown loves country music. His first race was the Tour of California. Cycling has been in his life since he was 11 years old. Brown turned professional in 2010.
“I saw an opportunity and went alone and I thought ‘I’ve got this!’ It would have been my first pro win so it’s bittersweet to be so close. But, I’m still happy with my performance. I laid it all out there and gave it everything I had.”
“Davide had a great ride today,” said Brown, referring to cyclist Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin). “As a team we’re going to stay really aggressive all week and look for opportunities.”
Cannondale-Garmin’s Joe Dombrowski won the Tour of Utah in Park City. What’s next? It’s Stage 3, at Copper Mountain in Aspen, CO on Wednesday.