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August 3/15 21:42 pm - Tour of Utah: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 08/3/15

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team's Kiel Reijnen (USA) sprinted to victory in front of a fast-charging peloton to take the overall lead at the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Reijnen outkicked his breakaway companions, Alex Howes (USA) of Can nondale-Garmin Pro Cycling and Taylor Phinney (USA) of the BMC Racing Team, who finished second and third respectively, in Logan at Stage 1 presented by Smith’s.

Reijnen, Howes and Phinney took advantage of the terrain in the finishing circuits of downtown Logan to connect to the dwindling early breakaway in the final four miles. Reijnen celebrated his sprint finish victory by pounding his chest multiple times as he crossed the line.

“My wife always tells me to race with my heart and I think it’s something that’s really hard to do often. It’s easy to put yourself in a box and say this race suits me or it doesn’t, and almost pre-determine the race before it happens,” Reijnen said. “I think it’s what makes the sport great. If you don’t race with your heart, then what’s the point? It's been a long season. It's been less fruitful than last year for me, so it's nice to get a win.”

In the first race of his comeback from an injury that sidelined him for 15 months, Phinney achieved a podium finish with help from Howes and Reijnen.

“Watching those two, who are really close friends of mine, go up the road and I was just remembering how deeply I wanted to be part of that,” Phinney said. “I watched those guys go and I was like ‘I’m not going to let you guys go without me this time.’ I had to make a little bit of a bridge to get up there.”

Stage 1 presented by Smith's had wet conditions and covered 132.1 miles (212 km), the longest opening day in the 11-year Tour of Utah history, with 6,553 feet of elevation gain. The Tour of Utah began with 121 riders representing 24 countries on a 712-mile (1146 km) journey across Utah and Idaho for seven days of racing.

The riders climbed Logan Canyon for the first Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climb at 7,799 feet (2,377m) before descending into Garden City. The race rolled through Idaho for the first time around the north side of Bear Lake before returning through Garden City and Logan Canyon, for the second KOM of the day. The stage concluded with two circuits in downtown Logan, on the same course that featured the Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic a few hours earlier. The first of two day of racing for the women was won by Allie Dragoo (USA) of Twenty16 SHO-AIR.

Tour of Utah press release



Stage 1: Logan to Logan, 212.43 km
1 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 5:09:02
2 Alex Howes (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
3 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
4 Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team all s.t.
5 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:02
6 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:04
7 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
8 Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia
9 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
10 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
11 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
12 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing
13 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
14 Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia
15 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
16 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Team Cannondale-Garmin
17 Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
18 Benjamin King (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
19 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
20 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team
21 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
22 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka
23 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
24 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Axeon Cycling Team
25 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
26 Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team
27 Connor McCutcheon (USA) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team
28 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
29 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
30 Nicolae Tanovitchii (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
31 Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
32 Manuel Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
33 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
34 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team
35 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
36 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
37 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
38 Pierrick Naud (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
39 Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts
40 Christopher Horner (USA) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team
41 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
42 Gregory Brenes Obando (CRc) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
43 Jorge Castiblanco (Col) Colombia
44 Timothy Roe (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
45 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
46 Griffin Easter (USA) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team
47 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
48 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
49 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
50 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka
51 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
52 Robbie Squire (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
53 Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
54 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
55 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
56 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
57 James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team
58 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
59 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
60 Mackenzie Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
61 John Hornbeck (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
62 Gerardo Medina (Mex) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team
63 Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
64 Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
65 Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team SmartStop
66 Leonardo Basso (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
67 Alex Cano (Col) Colombia
68 Julian Bernard (Fra) Trek Factory Racing
69 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
70 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Team Cannondale-Garmin
71 Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia
72 Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia
73 Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia
74 Chris Butler (USA) Team SmartStop
75 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
76 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
77 Ben Jacques- Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
78 Edward King (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin
79 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka
80 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
81 Luis Lemus (Mex) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team
82 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
83 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
84 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
85 Brodie Talbot (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts
86 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts
87 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
88 Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
89 Kilian Frankiny (Irl) BMC Racing Team
90 Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia all s.t.
91 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:33
92 Jack Anderson (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts 0:39
93 Cullen Easter (USA) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team 0:51
94 Walter Gaston Trillini (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
95 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
96 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
97 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
98 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
99 Erik Slack (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
100 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling all s.t.
101 Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop 1:07
102 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF 1:37
103 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 2:55
104 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:04
105 David Williams (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home 4:08
106 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
107 Josh Berry (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts
108 Joseph Schmalz (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
109 Julian Kyer (USA) Team SmartStop
110 Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
111 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka all s.t.
112 Malcom Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 14:01
113 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
114 Andrea Manfredi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
115 Kevin Gottlieb (USA) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team all s.t.
116 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts 17:54
117 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
118 Brad Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
119 Glenn O'Shea (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts
120 Michael Torckler (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts
121 Justin Mauch (USA) Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team all s.t.
DNS Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Cannondale-Garmin



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