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August 7/17 11:47 am - Britton Claims Biggest Win of Career with Utah Title


Posted by Editoress on 08/7/17
 

Canadian Rob Britton of Rally Cycling successfully fended off all challengers to earn the top prize at the 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Sunday. In his third Tour of Utah appearance, Britton claimed the biggest victory of his career, taking the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader title. The week-long UCI stage race, which began July 31st in Logan, concluded with Stage 7 presented by Utah Sports Commission in downtown Salt Lake City.

 

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"This year has been phenomenal. I think we've had success at just about every race we've gone to. Personally, I've knocked on the door for a long, long time and [been] passed over for a few things, so this is pretty sweet," said Britton, who placed fifth overall at the 2016 Tour of Utah. "It means a lot to me. I was really grateful to have such a fantastic team around me, because without them I wouldn't be where I am."

"This win means the world to me," said Britton. "I have been working toward this my entire career. To pull off a win at the Tour of Utah is huge. I don't know what I can say about the team; they were perfect. They never missed a beat and took care of me from day one. The team showed they are one of, if not the strongest, squads in North America. I just can't thank them enough."

"Rob is one of the hardest working guys on the team," said Rally team mate Eric Young. "Day in and day out, every day we train together he is the one pushing the pace. When we had an opportunity this week to put ourselves on the front for him, we all wanted to do it because he deserves it. I might be more of a sprinter, but I'm part of this team, and if they need me to ride on the front, that is what I am going to do. I'm super proud of Rob and the team. Everyone had one or two outstanding performances that were critical, and that is what it takes to win a race like this."

"The guys had a fantastic week, and Rob is on the form of his life," said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. "We brought the best possible team to defend the jersey if he could take the lead. As well as Rob is riding, he couldn't have done it without the team. The guys just stepped up day-after-day and turned themselves inside out so that Rob could win this thing overall. I am super impressed with the way everyone on the team rode. All the guys gave up their chances at any result to make sure we took home the yellow jersey."

Sunday’s overall win at the 2.HC ranked Tour of Utah marks the biggest stage race victory in the team's 11 year history. With little respite however, the team will look to continue its most successful season to date next week, at the Colorado Classic.  Next year, the team is scheduled to move up to the Pro Continental ranks.

A fast and furious circuit race beside the Utah State Capitol saw Nippo-Vini Fantini's Marco Canola power away to a convincing win on Stage 7. Canola flew up the final climb on State Street to cross the line in a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Americans Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing and Gavin Mannion of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team lead the field across the line two seconds later, taking second and third respectively on the stage. Britton finished sixth on the stage.

Aggressive racing was at the forefront on the 73-mile stage which saw numerous teams and riders attack in a last gasp for glory. Breakaways formed and re-formed at the front while the Rally Cycling team remained in complete control of the peloton. A flurry of attacks marked the last of the 11 laps but the decimated field was back together in the final kilometre to battle for the top step of the podium.

The 13th edition of the Tour of Utah, known as "America's Toughest Stage Race," included 605 miles of racing and 36,525 feet of elevation gain. Over the course of seven days of hard racing, three different riders wore the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey, until Britton blazed into the lead on the individual time trial on Wednesday and gained a firm grasp on the jersey. Of the 126 professional cyclists that began the week in Logan, 100 completed the stage race in Salt Lake City.

UHC's Mannion finished second in the G.C., 22 seconds behind the overall leader. Serghei Tvetcov (ROM) of Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Maxxis was third, 32 seconds down. Placing fourth overall was Under-23 U.S. Road Race national champion Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team.

"This race was definitely a race won with strong legs because the climbs are long and tough. A bit stronger is a way to win the race. I think the strongest guy here won," said Powless, who took over the WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey on Stage 2 and never let go.

Finishing seventh on the stage, Travis McCabe (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team successfully defended the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. "Once I was in the break, I went for the sprint points and I still tried to go for it in the sprint, but it was pretty evident that I spent too much energy up there (in the break). I lost Marco's (Canola) wheel in the last 500 meters, and I couldn't do much after that. I'm just happy that I was able to hold on to the Sprint Jersey."

Jacob Rathe (USA) of Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Maxxis defended the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain Leader jersey over the full seven days of racing. "It was a goal of the team, and personally I knew that I could get it for a day or two. We saw that there were two climb-heavy stages to start the race. I got in the break and the climbs suited me. I kept expecting to come across the line and have it gone, but twice I held on to it by one point."

Active in the break and attacking non-stop in the final laps, Manuel Senni of BMC Racing Team was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey. His BMC Racing Team won the best overall team classification. Fans selected Canada's Pier-André Côté of Silber Pro Cycling as the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite, in the Best Overall category.

"Congratulations to all the riders in America's Toughest Stage Race and our worthy champion," said Tour of Utah Executive Director Jenn Andrs. "Whether you were following the race on television or cheering at the finish line, we hope everyone enjoyed this showcase of the state of Utah and the sport of cycling. Pending final UCI approval, the tentative race dates for the 2018 Tour of Utah will be pushed back a week to August 6-12. We look forward to our 14th year of racing in 2018."

 

Final Jerseys (stage and overall)
Leader: Rob Britton (Rally Cycling)
Sprinter: Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)
KoM: Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly-Maxxis)
Best Young Rider: Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman)
Most Aggressive: Manuel Senni (BMC Racing Team)
Fan Favourite: Pier-Andre Cote (Silber Pro Cycling)
Top Team: BMC Racing Team

 



Results from the seventh and final stage in Utah

Stage 7: Salt Lake City to Salt Lake City, 115 km
1 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 2:40:18
2 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team at 0:02
3 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
4 Patrick Mueller (Sui) BMC Racing Team
5 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
6 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
7 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
8 Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing Team
9 Taylor Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
10 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
11 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling
12 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF
13 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly-Maxxis all s.t.
14 Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:11
15 Jhonnatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman
16 Rob Squire (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles both s.t.
17 Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 0:15
18 Chris Butler (USA) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
19 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
20 Diego Rubio Hernandez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
21 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
22 Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest all s.t.
23 Kilian Frankiny (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:19
24 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:22
25 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:24
26 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling
27 Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest
28 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling
29 Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF
30 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling
31 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team
32 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis all s.t.
33 Eric Marcotte (USA) Cylance Cycling 0:33
34 David Galarreta Ugarte (Esp) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 0:36
35 Antonio Molina Canet (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
36 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
37 Alexander Hoehn (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling
38 Manuel Sola Arjona (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA all s.t.
39 Fabio Calabria (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:45
40 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:47
41 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 0:51
42 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 1:02
43 Andrei Krasilnikau (Bel) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 1:04
44 Tom Bohli (Sui) BMC Racing Team
45 Chris Winn (Aus) Hangar 15 Bicycles both s.t.
46 Kyle Murphy (USA) Cylance Cycling 1:06
47 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:14
48 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 1:19
49 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling s.t.
50 Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro Cycling 1:23
51 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
52 Hendrikus Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk both s.t.
53 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:25
54 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 1:29
55 Steve Fisher (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 1:37
56 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman s.t.
57 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 1:38
58 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly-Maxxis
59 Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy both s.t.
60 Joseph Schmaltz (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 1:41
61 Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team s.t.
62 Kaler Marshall (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 1:42
63 Chad Beyer (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 1:45
64 Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis
65 Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA both s.t.
66 Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:56
67 Michael Rice (Aus) Axeon Hagens Berman s.t.
68 Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:57
69 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 1:59
70 Mihkel Raim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy 2:01
71 Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest s.t.
72 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 2:04
73 Cortlan Brown (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 2:27
74 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:29
75 Alex Aranburu Deva (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA s.t.
76 Chris Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:33
77 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 2:33
78 Rui Oliveira (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman 2:41
79 Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk 2:46
80 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling 2:56
81 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 3:19
82 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Esp) Hangar 15 Bicycles 3:27
83 Luis Enrique Lemus Davila (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy 3:31
84 Jonny Brown (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 4:00
85 Bryan Lewis (USA) Cylance Cycling 4:35
86 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Giez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 5:25
87 Andres Diaz (Col) Cylance Cycling s.t.
88 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 5:29
89 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini s.t.
90 Pier-Andre Cote (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 5:35
91 Erik Slack (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 6:19
92 Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 6:23
93 Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
94 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 6:28
95 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 7:31
96 Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 8:48
97 Besmir Banushi (Alb) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest
98 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk both s.t.
99 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 8:52
100 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling 11:43
DNF Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly-Maxxis
DNF Reid McClure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
DNS Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Aviv Yechezkel (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Will Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
DNF Orlando Trinidad Garibay Contreras (Mex) Cylance Cycling
DNF Cory Lockwood (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling
DNF Ty Magner (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
DNF Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
DNF Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNF Marc Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
 
Final GC
1 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 22:48:03
2 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling at 0:22
3 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 0:32
4 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:35
5 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 2:00
6 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF 2:16
7 Jonny Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:41
8 Chris Butler (USA) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 2:47
9 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 2:55
10 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 3:00
11 Taylor Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 3:03
12 Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 3:24
13 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 5:01
14 Antonio Molina Canet (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 5:13
15 Jhonnatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Axeon Hagens Berman 6:00
16 Kyle Murphy (USA) Cylance Cycling 6:32
17 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 7:31
18 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 11:09
19 Kilian Frankiny (Sui) BMC Racing Team 12:34
20 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team 13:03
21 Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing Team 16:04
22 Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 16:16
23 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 16:17
24 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Giez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 17:19
25 Rob Squire (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 17:50
26 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Esp) Hangar 15 Bicycles 20:55
27 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 21:23
28 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 21:53
29 Manuel Sola Arjona (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 21:55
30 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 22:33
31 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 22:40
32 Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy 24:31
33 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 26:10
34 Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 26:11
35 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling 26:57
36 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF 27:31
37 Luis Enrique Lemus Davila (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy 28:09
38 Alexander Hoehn (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 29:38
39 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 32:03
40 Alex Aranburu Deva (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 32:11
41 Patrick Mueller (Sui) BMC Racing Team 35:34
42 Chad Beyer (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 37:04
43 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 37:14
44 Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 37:31
45 Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF 38:29
46 Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 39:49
47 Chris Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 40:32
48 David Galarreta Ugarte (Esp) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 41:53
49 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 42:02
50 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 42:13
51 Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 42:15
52 Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF 43:13
53 Rui Oliveira (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman 45:40
54 Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro Cycling 45:41
55 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 45:51
56 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 47:20
57 Andrei Krasilnikau (Bel) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 47:28
58 Steve Fisher (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 47:34
59 Chris Winn (Aus) Hangar 15 Bicycles 47:50
60 Diego Rubio Hernandez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 48:15
61 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF 49:08
62 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 49:36
63 Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 50:09
64 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 50:22
65 Kaler Marshall (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 50:47
66 Eric Marcotte (USA) Cylance Cycling 51:48
67 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 52:06
68 Fabio Calabria (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 52:33
69 Justin Oien (USA) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 52:35
70 Erik Slack (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 52:49
71 Jonny Brown (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 52:54
72 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 53:26
73 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 53:35
74 Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 53:47
75 Michael Rice (Aus) Axeon Hagens Berman 53:51
76 Mihkel Raim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy 53:53
77 Tom Bohli (Sui) BMC Racing Team 54:08
78 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 54:56
79 Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF 55:02
80 Cortlan Brown (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles 56:04
81 Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy 57:12
82 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 57:56
83 Bryan Lewis (USA) Cylance Cycling 58:02
84 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 58:41
85 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 59:15
86 Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 1:00:27
87 Besmir Banushi (Alb) Amore & Vita - SelleSMP p/b Fondriest 1:01:32
88 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 1:02:33
89 Andres Diaz (Col) Cylance Cycling 1:02:41
90 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 1:03:40
91 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:04:25
92 Hendrikus Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 1:05:52
93 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly-Maxxis 1:06:34
94 Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk 1:06:39
95 Joseph Schmaltz (USA) Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling 1:10:35
96 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 1:10:49
97 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling 1:11:25
98 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 1:14:23
99 Pier-Andre Cote (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1:14:41
100 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk 1:19:07

 

 

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