Bookwalter wins Stage 2 of USA Pro Challenge

Bookwalter wins Stage 2 of USA Pro Challenge

Published Aug. 18, 2015 7:55 p.m. ET

KEYSTONE, Colo. (AP) Brent Bookwalter took the yellow leader's jersey from BMC Racing teammate Taylor Phinney by winning the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge at the Arapahoe Basin ski resort area.

Bookwalter relied on another teammate, Rohan Dennis, to reel in Nate Brown of Cannondale-Garmin in the final mile of Tuesday's stage. Bookwalter then launched his sprint to earn the win, with Dennis behind him in second and Hugh Carthy in third.

Phinney, the 2012 Olympian who won the opening stage in Steamboat Springs, lost more than 4 minutes on the hilly stage that finished at more than 10,000 feet.

The third stage Wednesday takes riders 101 miles from Copper Mountain to Aspen, and features a climb to more than 12,000 feet at Independence Pass.