Breck Epic mountain bike race heads to Stage 5 |

Breck Epic mountain bike race heads to Stage 5

Sebastian Foltz
Alex Grant of Utah climbs along a stretch of high alpine singletrack during Tuesday's Stage 3 of the Breck Epic. Grant added to his lead Wednesday maintaining a strong hold on first place in the overall standings.
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Utah’s Alex Grant maintained his overall lead through Stage 4 of the Breck Epic Wednesday, finishing the 44-mile stage from Breckenridge to Keystone and back in 3 hours, 19 minutes, 49.5 seconds. This time Japanese national champion Kyosuke Takei — who dislocated his shoulder riding in Stage 2 Monday and still finished first in Stage 3 Tuesday — finished the stage on Grant’s wheel, three-tenths of a second behind him. Takei’s results, however, will not count in the overall standings; he was unable to finish Stage 2 due to his in injury and was bumped to the grand fondo open class.

Spain’s Joan Llordella officially finished second, passing Durango’s Ben Sonntag for second overall through four stages. Grant added to his already commanding lead and is now 20 minutes ahead of Llordella and Sonntag with a combined stage time of 12:06:29.7. Less than a minute separates Llordella and Sonntag in the fight for second place.

On the women’s side the top three riders were separated by little over 5 minutes in Wednesday’s stage.

Kate Aardall maintained her lead in the overall standings but Breckenridge’s Marlee Dixon earned her second stage win in as many days, jumping to third overall in the process. Dixon crossed the finish line in just under 4 hours, followed by Cathrine Williamson at 4:00:49.6 and Aardal at 4:05:21.2.

Aardal and Williamson maintained the top two spots in the GC. Kelly Boniface dropped to No. 4 behind Dixon after finishing Wednesday’s stage in fourth place. Aardal has just under a 4 minute lead over Williamson with a combined time of 15:08:45. Dixon and Boniface are more than 15 minutes behind in a tight competition for third place overall.

The race resumes Thursday with Stage 5. From the Beaver Run parking lot riders will travel up and over Wheeler Pass, returning to Breckenridge through Frisco and on the Peaks Trail. The race concludes with its final stage on Friday, Aug. 15.

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