- Associated Press - Monday, August 18, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is once again starting in Aspen.

Over 120 of the world’s top cyclists will do three laps on a course between Aspen and Snowmass on Monday. The race starts at 2:40 p.m. and Colorado Highway 82 will be closed in the area from 1 until about 5 p.m.

Following the opening stage, the cyclists will ride 105 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte on Tuesday. The hilly Stage 3 on Wednesday is a 96-mile trek from Gunnison to a steep finish at Monarch Mountain.

Aspen’s Tejay van Garderen is the defending champion and favorite in the 16-team race. The field features three riders who finished among the top 12 in this year’s Tour de France.