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Peloton begins to take shape for 2008 Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic
Three Pro Tour teams are among the elite teams which will compete in the 2008 Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic in Vail Aug 22-24.
Photo courtesy Vail Valley Foundation

Peloton begins to take shape for 2008 Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic

By Tom Boyd

June 16, 2008 —  Call it the Coors Classic, the Red Zinger, or the inaugural Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic – whatever you call it, it’s still one of the best events Vail has ever seen.

The world’s best road bikers will once again come to the Rocky mountains this August 22-24, rekindling an old tradition which was a big part of Vail’s summer culture for many years … many years ago. For a decade Vail was host to criterium and time trial competitions as part of the Coors Classic, and now the best in the world will return again to compete in the new version of this old race.

In any given year there are only a total of 20 Pro Tour licensenses issued by the UCI (cycling’s governing body). Three of those teams, and five others, have already committed to racing this year’s event.

Signing these teams is good news for the race, which once saw many of the great names in road racing competing on the streets of Vail during the Coors Classic, including five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault, three-time Tour champion Greg Lemond, Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten and Olympic bronze medalist Davis Phinney.

The Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, and they’ve got a new website up and running about this event, so for more information on the Colorado Stage, visit



Comment on article  1 Comment on "Peloton begins to take shape for 2008 Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic"


VVF — June 17, 2008

Great article Tom...

For anyone that is not familiar with the old Coors Classic races we've uploaded some cool vintage videos of the Vail portions of the Coors Classic to the new Stage website. Go to and click on the video tab. Those videos really do a great job of showcasing the excitement Vail once had for cycling that we hope to re-create with the Colorado Stage.



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