Cyclist Danielson enjoying strong year

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Tom Danielson has been beset throughout his decade-long pro career by injuries and illnesses, the banes of cycling.

But the 33-year-old Danielson, who has lived in Boulder, Colo., since he was a teenager, has finally pedaled to the top level of the sport.

Danielson's consistency, including ninth overall as the top American finisher in last month's Tour de France, have positioned him in the favorite's role in the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The seven-day, 510-mile race, which will include 17 domestic and international teams of eight riders, begins Monday with a five-mile afternoon prologue. The race concludes Aug. 28 in Denver.