Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Urán will headline the men’s field at the inaugural Colorado Classic next month, the race announced Thursday in a press release revealing the highlights of the provisional start list.
Cannondale-Drapac, BMC Racing, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates comprise the quartet of men’s WorldTour squads set to take on the four-day stage race, a 2.HC-ranked event. Several Pro Continental squads will also line up alongside seven Continental teams slated to make the start, with Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, Nippo – Vini Fantini, Novo Nordisk, UnitedHealthcare and Israel Cycling Academy all set to take part.
Urán headlines a Cannondale squad that also includes Lawson Craddock – giving the team multiple GC options – as well as potential stage hunters Taylor Phinney and Alex Howes.
BMC’s Brent Bookwalter, who has had success racing in Colorado in the past, finishing second overall at the final running of the USA Pro Challenge in 2015, figures to be another potential overall title contender.
Americans Kiel Reijnen and Gregory Daniel – the 2016 national road champion – will line up for Trek-Segafredo.
Overall challengers and stage contenders are also likely to come from the second- and third-division teams in attendance, with the likes of Evan Huffman and Rob Britton set to headline Rally Cycling and Robin Carpenter on Holowesko-Citadel’s provisional roster.
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