Tour Of Utah Stage 2: A Day For The Sprinters

 

The Early Break Initiated By Roman Van Udan (Pure Black Racing)

160 km around mostly flat Utah county was the scenario presented for stage 2 of the Larry H Miller Tour Of Utah. A pair of break aways were established and reeled back, the final break of three holding out into the final 10 km. After Stage 2 the overall remains Henao, Sevilla and Leipheimer.

 

Utah Lake And The Southern Wasatch Range

 

UHC And Liquigas Drive The Peloton

A break of seven riders established themselves at the 20 km mark. The break featured Roman Van Udan of Pure Black Racing, Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad), Francois Parisien (Spidertech), Patrick Bevan (Bissell), Javier Acevedo (Gobernacion Indeportes Antioquias), Philip Deignan (Radioshack) and Will Duggan (Team Type 1). Van Udan drove the break in search of sprint points. The first intermediate sprint went to Van Udan, followed by Dugan and Acevedo.

 

Building a nearly 3 minute advantage, the break held until approximately the 70 km mark, when the race headed through a narrow twisty canyon and into the feed zone. The peloton fragmented exiting the feed zone, and groups scattered up and down the road. As the attacking and counter attacking field snaked up the roads leading to the second sprint line, Micheal Creed (Kelly Benefits/Optumhealth), John Anderson (Endura) and Timothy Gudsell (Pure Black) fought their way free of the bunch. Anderson took the second sprint ahead of Creed and Gudsell. The trio remained at large until the 10 k to go mark where peloton driven by Liguigas and United Healthcare brought the race back together.

 

At 8 km a crash sent race leader Sergio Henao and others to the ground. TJ Vangardener (HTC-Highroad) took advantage of the the situation termed “extremely chaotic” on race radio. Vangarderen stayed free until 500 meters when Endura and UHC went forward to set up their sprinters. At 500 meters Jack Bauer found himself ahead of his printer and put his head down to cross the line in front of Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale), Jake Keogh and Robert Föster (UHC).  

 

 

Tyler Wren (Jamis-Sutter Home) Best Utah Rider Stage 1

Jay Thomson (Bissell ) Most Aggressive Rider Stage 1

Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefits/Optumhealth) Sprints Leader Stage 1

Henao The Leader And Leipheimer The Defending Champ

Rubens Bertogliatti (Team Type 1) Wears Mountain Snowflakes After Stage 1

The Late Minutes Of The Early Break Away

The Attacks Resume After the Feed Zone

Splish Splash.... 

More Attacks and Counters

Intermediate Sprint #2 Anderson ahead of Creed and Gudsell

To The Victor Go The Spoils

Jack Bauer (Endura)

The Tour Of Utah Gallery Grows 

all photos copyright Christopher See used with permission.

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