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Tour Of Utah Stage 5: Queen Stage

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It's been building to this.  101 miles, 10,000 feet of climbing, 4 plus hours in the saddle through four Utah counties and a handful of towns and cities.  Today saw Jeff Louder (BMC Racing) attempt to claim a second stage in his home race.  Louder set out early in a strong break away with Mike Olheiser (Canyon (Bicycles), Peter Latham and Frank Pipp (Bissell), Jeff Louder (BMC Racing), Sidney Taberlay (California Giant), Ian Gray and Taylor Kneuven (Rio Grande), Chris Jones and Thomas Rabou (Team Type 1), Chris Baldwin and Max Jenkins (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis), Darren Rolfe and David Tanner (Fly V Australia), Ben King, Alex Dowsett and Taylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong) and Andrew Barker, Caleb Fairly and Danny Summerhill (Holowesko Partners). This group eventually held a 2:20 lead over the main field.  Marc de Maar and Jai Crawford bridged to this group and they headed up the Alpine Scenic Loop to the first KOM.  The big group disintegrated on the run up to the summit and by the time the riders emerged from American Fork Canyon on the other side it was Louder, Rolfe, Crawford, Ben King, Chris Jones and de Maar headed over Suncrest and into the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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Behind the breakaway group, Levi Leipheimer, Francisco Mancebo and the remainder of the field made inroads on the lead built up over the course of the day.  At the bottom of the canyon, Crawford put in a hard acceleration.  De Maar matched it and the two rode a solid tempo for two to three km up the ramp to Snowbird.  Louder found that his tanks were empty from his solo romp in Park City on Saturday night and faltered, slowly falling adrift of the leaders.  Behind them a battle between Leipheimer and Mancebo ate into the 1 minute gap the break had held at the base of the climb.  Levi slowly ground out tempo, passing the rements of the break scattered down the road.  By this time Crawford had shaken de Maar and was riding solo toward his destination.  Levi closed that gap and with 500 meters to go, the two came together.  Crawford was able to make a small recovery behind Leipheimer, and had just enough in the legs to cross the line in front of a gracious Leipheimer, who with the race win solidly in his possession granted Crawford his first stage win in the states.  On the road Mancebo held his pace and finished third on the day. 

 

The final race standings look like this:

Stage 5:

1.   170   Jai CRAWFORD V Australia VAU AUS 4.27'10"      10"  
2.   190   Levi LEIPHEIMER Mellow Johnny's MJS USA 4.27'10"      6"  
3.   1   Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ Canyon Bicycles CAN ESP 4.28'10"   1'00"   4"  
4.   113   Alex HAGMAN On The Rivet p/b Ion Sports Nutrition OTR USA 4.28'10"   ...     
5.   136   Jonathan MCCARTY Team Rio Grande TRG USA 4.28'13"   1'03"     
6.   152   Benjamin KING Trek-LIVESTRONG TLS AUS 4.28'31"   1'21"     
7.   184   Lachlan MORTON Team Holowesko Partners THP AUS 4.28'31"   ...     
8.   11   Ian BOSWELL BISSELL Pro Cycling Team BIS USA 4.28'31"   ...     
9.   91   Matthew COOKE teamgive p/b Blackbottoms/KFAN KFA USA 4.29'28"   2'18"     
10.   141   Davide FRATTINI Team Type 1 TT1 ITA 4.29'38"   2'28"     
11.   161   Marc DE MAAR UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis UHC NED 4.29'38"   ...     
12.   173   Darren LILL V Australia VAU RSA 4.29'47"   2'37"     
13.   95   Burke SWINDLEHURST teamgive p/b Blackbottoms/KFAN KFA USA 4.30'10"   3'00"     
14.   186   Robbie SQUIRE Team Holowesko Partners THP USA 4.30'26"   3'16"     
15.   47   Tyler WREN Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita JAM USA 4.30'26"   ...    

 

The Final GC:

1.   190   Levi LEIPHEIMER Mellow Johnny's MJS USA 12.39'40"     
2.   1   Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ Canyon Bicycles CAN ESP 12.42'10"   2'30"  
3.   11   Ian BOSWELL BISSELL Pro Cycling Team BIS USA 12.43'36"   3'56"  
4.   170   Jai CRAWFORD V Australia VAU AUS 12.43'38"   3'58"  
5.   173   Darren LILL V Australia VAU RSA 12.44'12"   4'32"  
6.   136   Jonathan MCCARTY Team Rio Grande TRG USA 12.44'16"   4'36"  
7.   184   Lachlan MORTON Team Holowesko Partners THP AUS 12.44'48"   5'08"  
8.   113   Alex HAGMAN On The Rivet p/b Ion Sports Nutrition OTR USA 12.45'28"   5'48"  
9.   112   Cesar GRAJALES On The Rivet p/b Ion Sports Nutrition OTR COL 12.46'36"   6'56"  
10.   47   Tyler WREN Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita JAM USA 12.46'47"   7'07"  
11.   155   Tim ROE Trek-LIVESTRONG TLS AUS 12.46'48"   7'08"  
12.   95   Burke SWINDLEHURST teamgive p/b Blackbottoms/KFAN KFA USA 12.47'22"   7'42"  
13.   186   Robbie SQUIRE Team Holowesko Partners THP USA 12.49'00"   9'20"  
14.   23   Jeff LOUDER BMC Racing Team BMC USA 12.50'23"   10'43"  
15.   141   Davide FRATTINI Team Type 1 TT1 ITA 12.50'31"   10'51"  

 

Podium Cafe favorites Phil Zajicek and Brent Bookwalter finished 16 and 20 respectively. That's a wrap on this years Tour Of Utah. See in a couple of months for cyclocross.