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4th Tour of Utah - 2.2
Utah, USA, August 13-17, 2008
By Kirsten Robbins in Park City, Utah
One of the most mountainous stage races in North America has retuned to Park City - the 2008 Tour of Utah. The race is set to begin on Wednesday August 13 taking, the peloton on a five-day tour totaling 537-kilometres with over 30,000 ft of climbing. Riders will contest numerous sprint points, KOM ascents and battle for stage victories through the Rocky Mountain's Wasatch Mountain range before an overall champion emerges on Sunday August 17.
The peloton will start and finish in neighboring cities of Salt Lake City, Nephi, Snowbird and Ogden. The notorious ascents will challenge some of the best climbers in the country, including recent Tour de France participants Danny Pate and Will Frischkorn (Garmin-Chipotle).
Other riders to watch will be Scott Nydam (BMC), Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United), Moises Aldape (Team Type 1), Tyler Hamilton and Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing), Rory Sutherland and Phil Zajicek (Health Net-Maxxis) and Anthony Colby (Colavita-Sutter Home). Utah State favourites include Jeff Louder and Darren Lill (BMC) and Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell).
The prestigious jerseys available include the yellow overall leader, the green best sprinter, the polka dot best climber, the blue best young rider and the red best Utah rider jerseys.
Stage 1 - August 13: The tour starts with a 162 kilometre rolling course held in Nephi. It is considered a day for the sprinters, with three intermediate sprints available to start the green jersey competition. The first KOM will also present itself as the riders approach the foothills of the mountain range.
Stage 2 - August 14: The second stage will be a pivotal 137 kilometre journey from Odgen to Salt Lake City. It passes four major climbs, with more than 10,000 feet of climbing on this stage alone.
According to event director Terry McGinnis it is much harder than it looks on paper. "It will be a great course for an opportunistic rider or a strong group of climbers," he said.
Stage 3 - August 15: After a big day of climbing riders face a 90-minute twilight criterium the following day in downtown Salt Lake City. The standard four corner course stretches around a 1.6 kilometre circuit. This is another day for the sprinters to shine, racing for lucrative primes and valuable sprint points.
Stage 4 - August 16: The queen stage is where the climbing with resume. After a chance to recuperate on the criterium, the riders face over 14,000 feet of climbing on this stage. The leg starts in Park City and will finish 160 kilometres later a top the scenic Snowbird Ski Resort mountain top finish.
"As in 2006, Stage 4 finishes at Snowbird Ski resort and will be the toughest test for all the riders, including our general classification leader," said McGinnis.
Stage 5 - August 17: The flat, 19-kilometre time trial will start and finish in the Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele. The short time trial will make the race tougher for riders hoping to make up time on the true climbers. However Utah's typical heat and high winds could make this a deciding finale.
Health Net p/b Maxxis Bissell Pro Cycling 1 Rory Sutherland (Aus) 11 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) 2 Matt Cooke (USA) 12 Garrett Peltonen (USA) 3 Matthew Crane (USA) 13 Omer Kem (USA) 4 Roman Kilun (USA) 14 Edward King (USA) 5 Frank Pipp (USA) 15 Aaron Olson (USA) 6 Phil Zajicek (USA) 16 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) 7 Corey Collier (USA) 17 Tom Zirbel (USA) California Giant Berry/Specialized Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team 21 John Hunt (USA) 31 Jared Barrilleaux (USA) 22 Osvaldo Olmos (USA) 32 Ben Kneller (USA) 23 Max Jenkins (USA) 33 Neil Shirley (USA) 24 Chris Lieto (USA) 34 Matthew Shriver (USA) 25 James Mattis (USA) 35 Trent Wilson (Aus) 26 Jesse Moore (USA) 36 Ryan Sullivan (Aus) 27 Mark Santurbane (USA) Rock Racing Successfulliving.com p/b Parkpre 41 Michael Creed (USA) 51 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) 42 Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) 52 Chuck Coyle (USA) 43 Tyler Hamilton (USA) 53 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) 44 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) 54 Michael Grabinger (USA) 45 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) 55 Cody O'Reilly (USA) 46 Fred Rodriguez (USA) 57 Bradley White (USA) 47 Rudolph Napolitano (USA) Team Bobs-Bicyclescom Land Rover - Orbea 71 Calvin Allan (USA) 81 Joshua Bartlett (USA) 72 Justin Mayfield (USA) 82 Ryan Anderson (Can) 73 Robert Campbell (USA) 84 Carson Miller (USA) 74 Paul Mach (USA) 85 Shaun Morris (USA) 76 Chris Stuart (USA) 86 Dave Vukets (USA) 77 Erik Slack (USA) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team The Fan Sports Network 91 Christopher Baldwin (USA) 101 Stefano Barberi (USA) 92 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) 102 Sheldon Deeny (USA) 93 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) 103 Anthony Colby (USA) 94 Ben Day (Aus) 104 Tyler Wren (USA) 95 Justin England (USA) 105 Andy Guptill (USA) 96 Caleb Manion (Aus) 106 Scott Tietzel (USA) 97 Chris Wherry (USA) 107 Aaron Tuckerman (USA) Canyon Bicycles Utah All-Stars Rideclean/Patentit.com 111 David Harward (USA) 121 Jonathan Chodroff (USA) 112 Ryan Barrett (USA) 122 Kyle Colavito (USA) 113 Todd Hageman (USA) 123 Brian Forbes (USA) 114 Alex Rock (USA) 124 Kiel Reijnen (USA) 115 Nate Page (USA) 125 Andrew Miller (USA) 116 Jesse Gordon (USA) 126 Jacob Rubelt (USA) 117 Eric Pardyjak (USA) 127 Ryan Trebon (USA) Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team BMC Racing Team 131 Nick Clayville (USA) 141 Jeffry Louder (USA) 133 Dan Harm (USA) 142 Brent Brookwalter (USA) 134 Adrian Hegyvary (USA) 143 Steve Bovay (Swi) 135 Sam Johnson (USA) 144 Jonathan Garcia (USA) 136 Jake MacArthur (USA) 145 Darren Lill (RSA) 137 Lang Reynolds (USA) 146 Ian McKissick (USA) 147 Scott Nydam (USA) Team Type 1 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 152 Fabio Calabria (Aus) 161 Thomas Danielson (USA) 153 Glen Chadwick (Aus) 162 Blake Caldwell (USA) 154 Christopher Jones (USA) 163 Jason Donald (USA) 155 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) 164 William Frischkorn (USA) 156 Ian MacGregor (USA) 165 Danny Pate (USA) 157 Matthew Wilson (Aus) 166 Thomas Peterson (USA) 167 Peter Stetina (USA) American R.A.D.D. presented by Agel 171 Bryson Perry (USA) 172 Billy Demong (USA) 173 Cameron Hoffman (USA) 174 Gardie Jackson (USA) 175 Adam Livingston (USA) 176 Scott Stewart (USA) 177 Luis Alejandro Zamudio (USA)
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