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August 8/14 23:41 pm - Tour of Utah: Stage 5

Posted by Editoress on 08/8/14

American Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) surged past the field in a sprint finish to Kamas to cap off Stage 5 presented by Subaru at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The stage started in Evanston, Wyoming on Friday morning, marking the first time the Tour of Utah had traveled roads outside the Beehive State.



Eric Young wins stage 5


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Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) retained his Utah Sports Commission sprint leader’s jersey by finishing second and UnitedHealthcare’s Kiel Reijnen was third. Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Sharp) continued for a second day in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Overall Leader jersey, finishing safely in the bunch in Kamas. 

The overall leaderboard remained unchanged on the General Classification. Danielson retained his 57-second lead over Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) and Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team).

“It’s totally unbelievable for me, personally, and for the team as well,” Young said after covering the 101.4-mile course in three hours, 49 minutes and 29 seconds. “It’s really nice. We (Team Optum) brought some sprinters here, and we wouldn’t be happy without a stage win. So to come away with this, we’re pretty happy.”

Following Scenic Highway 150, known as Mirror Lake Highway, through the Uinta Mountains, the peloton climbed the highest peak in Tour of Utah history with the 10,759-foot summit of Bald Mountain Pass. With a long, fast descent to Kamas, located to the east of Salt Lake City, the stage was set for a 38-mile loop through the Kamas Valley, including a two-mile section of dirt road and the finish in Kamas.

Young’s Team Optum squad spent a lot of time on the front of the peloton to bring back a strong six-man breakaway in the final three miles of the race. The break included two ProTour favorites, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) and Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team). When the breakaway was caught with less than two miles to go, the race was on.

With two of the seven stages remaining, Danielson said the pressure of defending his Tour of Utah title was beginning to mount. “It's been a lot different (than last year) from day one. Having the number one on your back and having good form really puts a responsibility on the team. My Garmin-Sharp teammates have been really awesome from day one. We have a young team. Two of the young guys just finished their first Tour de France, so that's pretty impressive that they were able to come from there to here,” Danielson said, referring to American teammates Alex Howes and Ben King.

Garmin-Sharp’s ability to handle that pressure will be put to test on Saturday for Stage 6 presented by University of Utah Health Care. The 2014 Tour of Utah “Queen Stage” covers new territory on the 107.2-mile route with close to 13,000 feet of elevation gain over four Ski Utah King of the Mountain climbs. Salt Lake City will host the start for Stage 6 outside Rice-Eccles Stadium, the site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and home for University of Utah football games. The route concludes with the legendary six-mile climb into Little Cottonwood Canyon for the finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

Tour of Utah press release


Stage 5: Evanston to Kamas, 163.1km
1 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3:49:29
2 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
3 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
4 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
6 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
7 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
8 Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
9 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
10 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
11 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
12 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
13 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida
14 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
15 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
16 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
17 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
18 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac
19 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
20 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
46 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop all s.t.
1 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp 22:32:22
2 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida at 0:57
3 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team s.t.
4 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - Merida 1:47
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:07
6 Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Brasilinvest - Sao Jose Dos Campos s.t.
7 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale 2:26
8 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:31
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 2:43
10 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac 2:51
11 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 2:56
12 Chris Butler (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 3:03
13 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 3:57
14 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 4:10
15 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 4:11
16 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman 4:16
17 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Trek Factory Racing 4:44
18 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team 5:26
19 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 5:35
20 Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac 5:45



• Larry H. Miller Dealerships Leader’s Jersey – Tom Danielson (USA), Garmin-Sharp
• Utah Sports Commission Sprint Leader Jersey – Jure Kocjan (SLO), Team SmartStop
• Ski Utah King of the Mountain Leader Jersey – Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Sportswear Development
• Subaru Best Young Rider Jersey – Clement Chevrier (FRA), Trek Factory Racing
• Vivint Most Aggressive Rider Jersey – Jeff Louder (USA), United HealthCare
• America First Credit Union Fan Favorite Jersey – Dion Smith (NZL), Hincapie Sportswear Development
• Washakie Renewable Energy Best Team – Lampre-Merida


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