Cycling - Van Garderen strikes for Pro Challenge lead

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Cycling - Van Garderen strikes for Pro Challenge lead
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MONARCH, CO - AUGUST 20: Tejay van Garderen of the United States riding for the BMC Racing Team celebrates after crossing the finish line to win stage three of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge from Gunnison to Monarch Mountain on August 20, 2014 in Monarch, Colorado. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Chris Graythen)

- Tejay Van Garderen attacked in the final kilometre of the Monarch Mountain summit finish Wednesday to seize the third stage and overall lead at the USA Pro Challenge cycle race.

The American BMC rider pulled away from the lead group, taking Tour de France rival Rafal Majka with him.

But the Tinkoff-Saxo rider from Poland could not match Van Garderen at the end and finished second to move into second place overall after the third of seven stages.

Wednesday's stage marked the first ever mountain-top finish for the Colorado race, with the course taking the riders over the summit twice.

"I felt pretty well under control today," Van Garderen said. "The team rode incredibly again today. I'm glad I was able to take the jersey."

Thursday's stage four is a 119.1 km circuit race in Colorado Springs.

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