Posted by Editoress on 03/27/18
A prominent collection of nine men's professional cycling teams representing seven countries have accepted invitations to compete at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. A total of 16 teams will compete on August 6-12 in the invitation-only road cycling stage race, with additional teams confirmed later this spring for "America's Toughest Stage Race."
Pier-Andre Cote, overall Tour of Utah fan favourite
Five WorldTour teams will travel from the Tour de France to compete in Utah. Joining the four teams named in January -- BMC Racing Team (USA), Mitchelton-Scott (Australia), Team EF Education First-Drapac presented by Cannondale (USA), and Trek-Segafredo (USA) -- will be Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which is based in The Netherlands. In addition, Pro Continental teams Bardiani CSF (Italy) and Israel Cycling Academy (Israel), plus Canada's Silber Pro Cycling have been confirmed.
The teams that have accepted invitations so far:
Bardiani CSF (Italy)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
EF Education First-Drapac presented by Cannondale (USA)
Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini (Italy)
Silber Pro Cycling (Canada)
Team LottoNL-Jumbo (Netherlands)
"We have an impressive lineup of international teams for the 2018 Tour of Utah at this early date. It is a tribute to the great support provided by host communities, Tour partners and staff that professional cycling teams around the world now ask to be invited to compete. The Tour of Utah has a solid reputation worldwide as one of the premier sporting events on the professional cycling calendar," said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
The lone UCI Continental team at this time is Silber Pro Cycling from Canada, making its third consecutive trip to Utah. The Canadian-based team finished the 2017 season with 29 victories and 58 total podiums. The team won a stage at the 2016 Tour of Utah with Canadian Kris Dahl, the last time the Tour finished in Cedar City.
The Tour of Utah remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. It is also one of the prominent road cycling events that is part of USA Cycling's Professional Road Tour. The Tour of Utah will start on August 6th in St. George for the first time with a prologue, and conclude seven days later in Park City. Additional host venues are Cedar City, Payson City, Antelope Island State Park, Layton City, Salt Lake City, Canyons Village, and Snowbird Resort.
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