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August 6/18 15:46 pm - The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah: van Garderen Wins Prologue


Posted by Editoress on 08/6/18
 

American Tejay van Garderen was the fastest man in St. George with a time of 6 minutes and 27 seconds, leading a BMC Racing Team sweep of the podium in Monday's Prologue at the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

"I love Utah, I have a long history here. This was my first professional victory in 2011 in the TT (Time Trial) at the Tour of Utah," said van Garderen, who comes off one rest week after racing the Tour de France. He will wear the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Leader's jersey on Tuesday.

"I just came here to have some fun, keep the body rolling. I told myself if there is a chance for a result, I'll take it and today was a great opportunity for that," added van Garderen. In 2011, he finished fourth in the opening Prologue, which was held in Park City. Later that week he won the ITT on Stage 3 in Tooele, Utah.

Reigning U.S. Pro Individual Time Trial champion Joe Rosskopf finished four seconds back in second place. Tom Bohli (SUI), who sat in the hot seat for most of the day, finished in third, six seconds off the pace.

"It was a really, really brutal prologue. I was hoping I could win it today. But then as Joey beat me, my second reaction was 'Yeah, it's Joey'. First of all I like that guy, he's a good mate and it's BMC. (It's) good for us and good for him," said Bohli, who is a two-time U23 silver medalist in the time trial and a world champion on the track. "As Tejay beat us, winning the Prologue today, showed that he is in really good shape and he can go for the win. It gives us good confidence."

Surrounded by inspiring views of the Red Hills Desert Garden at Pioneer Park on the northern cliffs above downtown St. George, van Garderen bested 116 other riders in the opening day of racing for the weeklong stage race. Pacing was key on the out-and-back 3.3-mile (5.3 kilometer) course, where temperatures soared above 100 degrees. The riders started with a mellow climb for the first two kilometers and continued with a short downhill to the turnaround.

"We started out uphill. The gradient was, I think, higher than people expected, or what it looked like," van Garderen explained. "So you had to overpace on the way out, and then you're basically screaming at 75k (kilometers) an hour all the way to the finish line. You don't want to blow up, but at the same time gauge your efforts well."

A total of 36 riders are now separated by 20 seconds at the top of the standings, making for an exciting opening to the 14th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Finishing fourth, American Neilson Powless of Team LottoNL-Jumbo claimed the WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey. Sixth on the day, 11 seconds from the win, Serghei Tvetcov (ROM) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was voted the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite, in the category of International Rider.

Fifth on the stage, Pascal Eenkhoom (NED) of Team LottoNL-Jumbo was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey. Rosskopf claimed the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey and Bohli was awarded the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey.

Joe Dombrowski (USA) of EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, the overall winner of the 2015 Tour of Utah, is 13 seconds back in 12th place, and defending champion Rob Britton (CAN) of Rally Cycling is in 29th place, 18 seconds down.

Mike Woods (EF-Drapac pb Cannondale) was top Canadian in 17th at 15s back.

True to its nickname as "America's Toughest Stage Race," the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Aug. 6-12, will dish out 548 miles of racing and 43,780 feet of elevation gain. The UCI 2.HC-rated stage race began in St. George today with 17 professional teams, representing 20 countries.

Stage 1 presented by America First Credit Union returns to Cedar City for a fourth time on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The 101-mile (162.5 km) Stage 1 route includes 8,950 feet of elevation gain. It also features the highest climb of the week, passing Cedar Breaks National Monument at 10,600 feet. The course is similar to the one used in 2016, this year with a new circuit finish in downtown Cedar City. The first Utah Sports Commission Sprint line will be contested in Parowan, then hit a Category 1 climb at the top of Parowan Canyon at the ski resort town of Brian Head. This ascent climbs 4,500 vertical feet in 15 miles, with some sections challenging riders with a 15 percent gradient.

 

Results from the 1st stage in Utah

Prologue: St. George ITT, 5.3 km Time          
Gap
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 6:27.490 0:00
2 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 6:31.250 0:04
3 Tom Bohli (Sui) BMC Racing Team 6:33.960 0:06
4 Neilson Powless (USA) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:34.420 0:07
5 Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:38.170 0:11
6 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Unitedhealthcare 6:38.580 0:11
7 Nathan Brown (USA) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 6:38.760 0:11
8 Travis Mccabe (USA) Unitedhealthcare 6:39.010 0:12
9 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 6:39.430 0:12
10 William Clarke (Aus) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 6:39.590 0:12
11 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:40.120 0:13
12 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 6:40.240 0:13
13 Gavin Mannion (USA) Unitedhealthcare 6:40.680 0:13
14 Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 6:40.920 0:13
15 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Unitedhealthcare 6:41.200 0:14
16 George Simpson (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6:41.500 0:14
17 Michael Woods (Can) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 6:41.530 0:14
18 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 6:42.430 0:15
19 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 6:42.440 0:15
20 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:42.730 0:15
21 Brendan Canty (Aus) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 6:42.760 0:15
22 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 6:42.940 0:15
23 Ruben Plaza (Esp) Israel Cycling Academy 6:44.090 0:17
24 Jan Maas (Ned) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:44.660 0:17
25 Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:44.710 0:17
26 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 6:44.760 0:17
27 Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy 6:44.890 0:17
28 Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 6:45.590 0:18
29 Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 6:45.620 0:18
30 Thomas Revard (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 6:46.590 0:19
31 Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling 6:46.920 0:19
32 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling 6:47.160 0:20
33 Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo 6:47.180 0:20
34 Bryan Steve Gomez Peñaloza (Col) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 6:47.500 0:20
35 Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon 6:47.560 0:20
36 Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy 6:47.670 0:20
37 Pier-André Côté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:48.010 0:21
38 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Unitedhealthcare 6:48.170 0:21
39 Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:48.530 0:21
40 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 6:48.620 0:21
41 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6:48.740 0:21
42 Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:48.790 0:21
43 Kilian Frankiny (Sui) BMC Racing Team 6:48.800 0:21
44 Alex Hoehn (USA) Aevolo 6:49.530 0:22
45 Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 6:50.050 0:23
46 Sean Bennett (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 6:50.440 0:23
47 Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:51.380 0:24
48 Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 6:51.420 0:24
49 Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 6:51.710 0:24
50 Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 6:51.890 0:24
51 Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6:52.620 0:25
52 Luis Ricardo Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) Aevolo 6:52.760 0:25
53 Jack Burke (Can) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 6:52.900 0:25
54 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 6:53.220 0:26
55 Cormac Mcgeough (Irl) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 6:53.530 0:26
56 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 6:53.850 0:26
57 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6:53.950 0:26
58 Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo 6:54.160 0:27
59 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:54.180 0:27
60 T.J. Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 6:54.450 0:27
61 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6:54.620 0:27
62 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 6:54.710 0:27
63 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 6:55.850 0:28
64 Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 6:56.550 0:29
65 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 6:56.990 0:29
66 Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:57.270 0:30
67 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 6:57.360 0:30
68 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Lotto Nl-Jumbo 6:57.610 0:30
69 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy 6:57.760 0:30
70 Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling 6:57.840 0:30
71 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Unitedhealthcare 6:58.140 0:31
72 Edward Anderson (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 6:58.280 0:31
73 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 6:58.290 0:31
74 Brayan Stiven Sanchez Vergara (Col) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 6:58.620 0:31
75 Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 6:58.710 0:31
76 Fernando Islas Lopez (Mex) Aevolo 6:58.740 0:31
77 Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 6:59.020 0:32
78 Gregory Rast (Sui) Trek-Segafredo 6:59.030 0:32
79 Griffin Easter (USA) 303 Project 6:59.200 0:32
80 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 6:59.830 0:32
81 Maikel Zijlaard (Ned) Hagens Berman Axeon 7:00.760 0:33
82 Danick Vandale (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 7:01.430 0:34
83 Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon 7:01.590 0:34
84 Freddy Ovett (Aus) BMC Racing Team 7:01.720 0:34
85 Isaiah Newkirk (USA) 303 Project 7:01.750 0:34
86 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 7:01.800 0:34
87 Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 7:02.120 0:35
88 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko Citadel Pb Arapahoe 7:02.600 0:35
89 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 7:02.920 0:35
90 Tony Baca (Mex) 303 Project 7:03.250 0:36
91 Alexander Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 7:03.780 0:36
92 Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy 7:04.160 0:37
93 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo 7:04.490 0:37
94 Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy 7:04.650 0:37
95 Lionel Mawditt (Aus) Jelly Belly Pb Maxxis 7:05.490 0:38
96 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling 7:05.780 0:38
97 Flavio Alejandro De Luna Davila (Mex) 303 Project 7:05.960 0:38
98 Jonathan Brown (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 7:05.980 0:38
99 Connor Brown (NZl) Mobius Bridgelane 7:06.350 0:39
100 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 7:06.980 0:39
101 Bernat Font Mas (Esp) 303 Project 7:08.140 0:41
102 Ben Carman (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 7:08.380 0:41
103 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 7:09.160 0:42
104 Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 7:10.230 0:43
105 Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 7:11.690 0:44
106 Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo 7:14.420 0:47
107 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 7:15.190 0:48
108 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Unitedhealthcare 7:15.410 0:48
109 Cullen Easter (USA) 303 Project 7:15.600 0:48
110 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Mobius Bridgelane 7:16.500 0:49
111 Alex Howes (USA) EF-Drapac pb Cannondale 7:17.910 0:50
112 Cristhian David Ravelo Avila (Col) 303 Project 7:21.750 0:54
113 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 7:24.020 0:57
114 Luis Enrique Lemus Davila (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy 7:24.020 0:57
115 Brian Mcculloch (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 7:25.280 0:58
116 Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 7:27.430 1:00
117 Conor Murtagh (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 7:34.280 1:07


 

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