David Zabriskie of Garmin-Slipstream leads out the field at the start of the Stage 5 Criterium at the Tour of Utah.
The Tour of Utah concluded Sunday with a criterium held in downtown Salt Lake City. The stage followed a 1.5 kilometer flat course, and offered a chance for the criterium specialists to show their talents. Bernie Sulzberger, the Australian National Criterium Champion, won the stage ahead of John Murphy of Team Ouch, who is the current U.S. Pro Criterium Champion. Chris Barton of BMC rounded out the podium in third place.
Local boy David Zabriskie powered a break clear in the early laps. The group of four which included Zabriskie, David Veilleux of Kelly Benefit Strategies, Brent Bookwalter of BMC, and Justin England of Cal Giant Berry Farms built up an advantage of around 30 seconds as Rock Racing rode a hard tempo on the front of the main field. At the halfway point, it was all back together. Fly V Australia and Team Ouch both went to the front to set up their sprinters, Sulzberger and Murphy. Team Ouch had the sprint train all dialed, but Sulzberger spoiled their efforts by outsprinting Murphy. At the line, Sulzberger won, while Murphy took second and Chris Barton of BMC finished third.
The general classification remained unchanged after the final day of racing. Francisco Mancebo won, followed by Darren Lill of Team Type 1 and Jeff Louder of BMC. U.S. U23 Champion Alex Howes, meanwhile, won the Best Young Rider and Mountains classifications. After his day out in the breakaway on Sundy, David Veilleux took over the lead in the Points classification.
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Photo gallery below the fold.
U.S. Criterium Champions get the call-up under cloudy skies. John Murphy of Team Ouch is the U.S. Pro Criterium champion, while Justin England of Cal Giant Berry Farms wears the Stars and Stripes as elite National Champion.
Dave Zabriskie drives an early break with David Veilleux of Kelly Benefit Strategies and Brent Bookwalter of BMC on his wheel. Justin England of Cal Giant Berry Farms is also in the break, obscured from view.
Fly V Australia rides on the front for Sulzberger, with Team Ouch lined up for U.S. Crit Champion John Murphey. Race leader Francisco Mancebo sits just behind the sprint teams.
David Clinger of Cole Sports corners along side Bernie Sulzberger of Fly V Australia, John Murphy of Team Ouch, and Darren Lill of Team Type 1.
Bernie Sulzberger of Fly V Australia wins the sprint ahead of U.S. Pro Criterium Champion John Murphy of Ouch.
Sulzberger is the current Australian National Criterium Champion.
Sulzberger gives his post-race comments to the media with a crowd of spectators in the background.
Rock Racing won the team award and the general classification.
Final podium for the general classification.
Jeff Louder of BMC, Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing, and Darren Lill of Team Type 1.
Thanks to the Tour of Utah race organizers for providing us with access to the race.
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