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UCI America Tour: Ubeto Aponte wins season title by one point




Venezuela’s Miguel Ubeto Aponte is the 2010-2011 UCI America Tour Champion after holding onto his extremely narrow one-point lead over the Brazilian Gregory Panizo in September.

Ubeto Aponte finishes the season with 180 points to the Brazilian athlete’s 179.

September saw the return of the mythical Tour of Colorado, much to the delight of American cycling fans. Now known as the Quiznos Challenge (soon to become the USA Pro Cycling Challenge), this 2.1 event (August 22nd – 28th) was dominated throughout by the experienced athlete Levi Leipheimer.

Supported by his RadioShack team, the American successfully fought off repeated assaults from the Colombian riders to hold onto his lead. He was followed in the overall classification by two countrymen Christian Vandevelde (Team Garmin Cervelo) and Tejay Van Garderen (HTC Highroad).

The American continent then hosted two UCI WorldTour races: the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on September 9th, won by the Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) followed two days later by the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal where the Portuguese athlete Rui Alberto Da Costa (Movistar Team) claimed victory.

The following week saw the Univest Grand Prix (September 17th), the last event on the 2010-2011 America Tour calendar. Victory went to Ryan Roth, of the Canadian-based UCI Professional Continental team Spidertech powered by C10. This was their first victory as a Pro Continental team.

The season drew to a close with the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen (DEN).

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