So the Vuelta, the 3rd and final Grand Tour of the season, started on Saturday and the Pro Cycling Challenge (basically the Tour of Colorado) started today. Vuelta Results so far: Spoiler My prediction is that Contador wins this thing by 5+ minutes. He's out to prove hes the best on the planet and this course suits him too well. Its a shame Andy Schleck isn't in the race with him... Stage 1 (Team Time Trial): Movistar won and J. Castroviejo crossed the finish line first so he won the Red Jersey. Biggest surprise was that Garmin-Sharp had a huge mishap and dropped 1:28. Garmin's team leader is Andrew Talansky, one of the US's next great hopes in the sport. Stage 2: Won by Argos-Shimano's John Degenkolb in a field sprint. Stage 3: Not quite a mountain top finish but close enough. There was a 5 km climb on the route with 8 km left in the race so it really split the race apart. Alberto Contador attacked like 6 times and kept dropping people and would then sit up and wait for them to come back. As soon as they came back, he'd attack again. Just fuckin with everyone. The stage was won by Alejandro Valverde of Movistar who took over the yellow jersey. Tour of Colorado: this is a week long race. Its probably my favorite week long race of the year because its chaos. The organizers make these guys race at ridiculously high altitudes for 7 stages. Two of the stages go over Independence Pass which tops out near 12,500 feet elevation. To put that in perspective, thats over 3,000 feet higher than the highest peak ever used in the TdF. In fact, I think theres one stage in the race where the entire stage is at an elevation higher than the highest ever used in the TdF. All the american boys ball out hard for this race. Leipheimer won the inaugural race last year for Radioshack. Stage 1 results: Spoiler Our very own favorite Ginger Balls wins stage 1!!!!