USA Pro Challenge brings the action to Golden, Boulder, Denver this weekend

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The official 2012 USA Pro Challenge poster was designed by Montrose-based artist Leanna Johnson
The USA Pro Challenge makes its way to Colorado Springs today and will be close to home for the rest of the weekend: Stage 6 is tomorrow with a route from Golden to Boulder (current overall tour leader Tejay van Garderen is a Boulder transplant) and the race concludes, spectacularly, on Sunday with a time trials finish right here in Denver. "It's a huge honor for me to be in the Exergy Leader Jersey in my home state," van Garderen said yesterday in Beaver Creek. "I've lived here a long time now, and this is definitely home for me. I love being here, racing here and seeing the crowd."

Last week, we broke down some of the best places to watch each stage of the race; now that it's coming into the home stretch, here are some more specifics for making the most of this weekend's local stages:

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Boulder cyclist Tejay van Garderen wins Stage 2 of USA Pro Challenge

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Tejay van Garderen won Stage 2 and took the overall lead in the USA Pro Challenge on Tuesday.
Fans rooting for a local in the USA Pro Challenge got their wish yesterday when Tejay van Garderen, a 24-year-old rider who now lives and trains in Boulder, won Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge. Van Garderen rode 99 miles from Montrose to Crested Butte in three hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds.

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Best places to watch each stage of the USA Pro Challenge cycling action

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American cyclist Levi Leipheimer won the inaugural USA Pro Challenge in 2011 and is a favorite to repeat.
NBC and NBC Sports will be airing thirty hours of USA Pro Challenge coverage next week as the country's biggest pro cycling event returns to Colorado for its second year, but die-hard fans will want to see the action firsthand, and it's a great excuse to see some of Colorado's coolest towns go all out. We broke down the seven-stage race, which starts on Monday in Durango and ends right here in Denver on Sunday, with an eye to the best spectating potential.

If you're there for the party, simply head for the Finish Festival set up at the finish line of each stage, where you'll watch most of the race on giant TV screens and will be in good position to catch any last-second breakaways in person. But if you're more interested in seeing some hellish climbs or harrowing descents, it's going to take some planning. Here's our handy guide, intercut with official race propaganda for each stage.

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