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August 13/19 20:11 pm - Piccoli Loses Lead at Utah After Poorly Timed Puncture

Posted by Editoress on 08/13/19

Italian Umberto Marengo of Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM accelerated away from a six-rider group in a surprise attack to win Stage 1 presented by Larry H. Miller Group of Companies at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Marengo covered the 87-mile (139.9-kilometre) course in 3 hours and 23 minutes. Prologue winner James Piccoli (Elevate KHS) lost the jersey after flatting and missing the break, and then receiving a 20 second penalty for drafting a team vehicle back to the peloton. He is now 13th overall, at 26 seconds.

Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) finished second, with the same time as Marengo. With a time bonus, this vaulted the American into the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader's yellow jersey.  Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy) finished third close behind Craddock's wheel.

"The team worked perfectly. We had Manuel Bongiorno in the breakaway so no one had to work until the final laps. When Bongiorno had a flat tire, the team moved forwards," Marengo commented via a team translator. "On the last lap, I and [Sebastian] Schönberger decided to attack. Schönberger was not as fast as me so Schönberger worked for me, and started to anticipate with three K (kilometers) to go. At the end, this was the perfect move because I could launch my sprint and win."

Fans were treated to a thrilling finish in North Logan City for five finishing circuits of action-packed racing.  Canadian James Piccoli of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, who won the Prologue presented by Zions Bank on Monday's first day of racing, suffered a flat tire on the penultimate lap forcing him to chase back onto the surging peloton. Taking full advantage of the chaos, Craddock initiated a counter-attack just as Piccoli had rejoined the peloton.

"Everyone was on the limit. Alex (Howes) made a really good call. He noticed that there was a small riser with three and a half, four K (kilometers) to go in the middle of the descent that would be a good place to launch an attack. I kind of went from there. I was able to get some speed, get a gap and from there, there was five or six of us and the race played out," Craddock said of his attack on the final circuit in North Logan City.

In the General Classification (G.C.), Craddock has a six-second lead over João Almeida (Hagens Berman Axeon), who was fourth on the stage. Remaining in third place on the G.C. is Serghei Tvetcov (Worthy Pro Cycling), 12 seconds down. Moving into sixth place is Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First), the overall winner of the 2015 Tour of Utah, who is 21 seconds back. Piccoli is now 26 seconds back and sits in 13th position.

Under sunny skies, the early breakaway of five riders made their move on the 113 rider field only five miles into the stage. Elevate-KHS kept the escapees on a short leash, allowing only a maximum of a two and a half minute lead on the hot day. After being out front for 75 miles (120km), the final remaining rider of the early breakaway, Travis Samuel (DC Bank Pro Cycling Team), was reeled in, giving way to an exciting finale. Samuel was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey.

In addition to the stage win, Marengo also claimed the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. Almeida retained the Subaru Best Young Rider jersey. Samuel Boardman (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis (will wear the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain (KoM) jersey. The America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey was awarded to Maxx Chance (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling), winning in the Best Ambassador category.

"There's a very strong field here. It's nice to come back here to America and do that animating for once," added Craddock at the post-race press conference. "That was kind of the point that we (EF Education First) had coming into this race, where we wanted to really just race our bikes, and find the enjoyment back in that. Today was a big step for that, and we're looking forward to the rest of the race."

Stage 2 presented by Monster Hydro brings a wild west showdown to the 8,900-foot (2712 metres) summit of Powder Mountain on Wednesday. The massive ascent from the town of Eden to Hidden Lake Lodge at Powder Mountain Resort is one of the steepest roads in Utah, with gradients rising to 16 percent. The 8.6-mile (13.8km) scale will pack a punch to the legs and lungs of the best climbers in the world.


Results from the 2nd stage in Utah, USA

Stage 1: North Logan City circuit, 139.9 km
1 Umberto Marengo (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM 3:23:32
2 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First
3 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy
4 Griffin Easter (USA) 303 Project
5 Joao Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
6 Sebastian Schonberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM all s.t.
7 Travis Mccabe (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling 0:06
8 Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
9 Tyler Magner (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
10 Cole Davis (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
11 Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM
12 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
13 Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo
14 Dominik Bauer (Ger) Team Dauner-Akkon
15 Scott Bowden (Aus) Team Bridgelane
16 Pablo AndrÈs Alarcon Cares (Chi) Canel's-Specialized
17 Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First
18 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team
19 Kevin Vermaerke (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
20 Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane'
21 Alex Hoehn (USA) Aevolo
22 Brendan Rhim (USA) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC
23 Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team Bridgelane
24 Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
25 Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy
26 Edward Anderson (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
27 Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane
28 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling
29 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
30 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First
31 Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
32 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
33 Dayer Quintana (Col) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM
34 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM
35 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Floyd's Pro Cycling
36 Matteo Badilatti (Sui) Israel Cycling Academy
37 Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
38 Robert Britton (Can) Rally UHC Cycling
39 Gregory Daniel (USA) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team
40 Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First
41 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane' all s.t.
42 Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Esp) Kometa Cycling Team 0:21
43 Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane s.t.
44 Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy 0:22
45 Andrew Vollmer (USA) Aevolo 1:26
46 Eduardo Corte Cordero (Mex) Canel's-Specialized s.t.
47 Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM 1:29
48 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM s.t.
49 Thomas Revard (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 1:44
50 Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
51 Matthew Zimmer (USA) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team 2:12
52 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Dauner-Akkon
53 Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo
54 Oscar Eduardo Sanchez Guarin (Col) Canel's-Specialized
55 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
56 Leonel Palma Dajui (Mex) Canel's-Specialized
57 Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane'
58 Tyler Lindorff (Aus) Team Bridgelane
59 Gabriel Francisco Rojas Campos (CRc) Aevolo
60 Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane'
61 Francisco Lara Carbajal (Mex) Canel's-Specialized
62 Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
63 Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy
64 Efren Santos Moreno (Mex) Canel's-Specialized
65 Alexander Cowan (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling all s.t.
66 Oliver Flautt (USA) Team Dauner-Akkon 3:58
67 Sven Thurau (Ger) Team Dauner-Akkon s.t.
68 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC 4:22
69 Taylor (T.J.) Eisenhart (USA) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC
70 Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo
71 Flavio Alejandro De Luna Davila (Mex) 303 Project
72 Noah Granigan (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling
73 James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First
74 Stephen Bassett (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis
75 Tony Baca (Mex) 303 Project
76 Nicolas Debeaumarche (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
77 Bernat Font Mas (Esp) 303 Project
78 Christopher Heider (Ger) Team Dauner-Akkon
79 Mike Heming (Ger) Team Dauner-Akkon all s.t.
80 Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane' 4:29
81 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 4:31
82 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC 4:45
83 Tanner Putt (USA) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC
84 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Floyd's Pro Cycling
85 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally UHC Cycling all s.t.
86 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane' 5:00
87 Justin Alexander Oien (USA) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC 6:22
88 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 7:31
89 Eric Brunner (USA) Aevolo
90 George Simpson (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
91 Antoine Leplingard (Fra) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team
92 Austin Stephens (USA) 303 Project
93 Isaiah Newkirk (USA) 303 Project
94 Marko Pavlic (Slo) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team
95 Maxx Chance (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis
96 Kent Ross (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis
97 Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling all s.t.
98 Eric Young (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 9:09
99 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling
100 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally UHC Cycling both s.t.
101 Camden Vodicka (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis 10:18
102 Emile Jean (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling
103 Quinten Kirby (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis
104 Samuel Boardman (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis
105 Cullen Easter (USA) 303 Project
106 Travis Samuel (Can) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team
107 Miguel Bryon (USA) Arapahoe-Hincapie Powered By BMC all s.t.
108 Jean-Denis Thibault (Can) DC Bank Pro Cycling Team 12:44
109 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Team Bridgelane 13:25
110 Chris Harper (Aus) Team Bridgelane s.t.
111 Finn Gullickson (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis 14:30
112 Ignacio Prado Juarez (Mex) Canel's-Specialized s.t.
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
1 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First 1:06:51

Piccoli Wins Tour of Utah Prologue


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