BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Germany’s Jens Voigt won the rainy fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge with a long solo effort Thursday, and American Tejay Van Garderen regained his tiebreaker edge for the overall lead.
Voigt, at 40 the oldest rider in the race, completed the 97.2-mile road race from Aspen in 3 hours, 54 minutes to win by nearly 3 minutes. The RadioShack-Nissan rider has 88th career pro victories.
Van Garderen, the BMC rider who grew up in Bozeman, Mont., and lives in Boulder, Colo., finished third in the stage — just behind German’s Andreas Kloden of RadioShack-Nissan — and regained the race lead from Christian Vande Velde.
Vande Velde, the Garmin-Sharp rider from Lemont, Ill., and van Garderen have a 6-second lead over Russia’s Ivan Rovny. Vande Velde was sixth in the stage.
Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar placed 89th, maintaining his 73rd overall standing.
“It’s nice to have the (leader’s) jersey, but I attacked more looking for seconds,” said van Garderen, the top American in the Tour de France with a fifth-place overall finish. “So it’s too bad I wasn’t able to get time. But the jersey is always nice to have.”