Diana Nyad, a 64-year-old distance swimmer attempting to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys, called it quits last week partway through her journey, citing "extreme exhaustion." She could just as well have cited jellyfish stings.
Without ever ranking higher in a single stage than the second place he took to Tejay Van Garderen in Stage Two, Christian Vande Velde turned up the speed in the time trial finish to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Sunday afternoon, and won himself the race.
Last year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner, Levi Leipheimer, surged ahead up Flagstaff Mountain to take the lead in this year’s race. He was still pushing hard across the finish line, and smiling once he crossed it.