Category: Race Report

Utah stage 6: Kuss wins final stage and takes overall victory in Park City

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) continued his stunning run of form with a spectacular victory on the sixth and final stage of the 2018 Tour of Utah on Sunday. BMC’s Brent Bookwalter and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott), who were close to catching Kuss in the final meters, finished second and third. Haig’s ride was good enough to move him from fifth to third place overall, while Israel Cycling Academy’s Ben Hermans finished 38-seconds back to hold on to his overall runner-up position.

The 126-kilometer final stage started and finished in Park City and featured a final climb up the steep Empire Pass, before a fast 8-kilometer descent to the finish line. A large breakaway got away early, but the LottoNL-Jumbo team of race leader Kuss held the gap to a small margin of roughly four minutes.

The gap was small enough that a group including Isiah Newkirk (303 Project) and Rally Cycling teammates Evan Huffman and Kyle Murphy attacked out of the peloton to bridge up to the break. Newkirk and Huffman blew up a few meters before making contact with the early break, while Murphy successfully made contact directly before the race hit the final climb up Empire Pass.

EF Education First-Drapac’s Nate Brown attacked while the break was on the lower slopes of the climb and quickly established a gap. Back in the peloton, Kuss found himself isolated from his LottoNL teammates. Haig attacked in an attempt to capitalize on the situation, but Kuss was able to follow the move with ease, while Hugh Carthy (EF Education First-Drapac) dug deep to go with the duo.

However, Carthy found himself unable to follow the pace shortly after. After a few kilometers of following Haig, Kuss attacked to set off in hot pursuit of the lone leader Brown.

Kuss would quickly catch and drop Brown and continued to build his advantage over the chasers while pushing a massive gear to the summit of the climb. By the summit, Kuss held a 45-second lead on a revived Carthy and chasing Haig and Keegan Swirbul (Jelly Belly-Maxxis).

Kuss descended slowly down the rain-soaked descent, while Bookwalter was able to take risks to catch and pass the more cautious Carthy and Swirbul.

Kuss entered the final kilometer in downtown Park City with his overall race lead locked up, but the stage win was still on the line as Haig and Bookwalter were closing down on him on the uphill pitch to the finish line. However, Kuss dug deep to find the strength to hold them off as he crossed the line for his third stage win of the week and an impressive overall victory.

Kuss’s victory came in conjunction with an announcement that his LottoNL-Jumbo team was planning to take the young American sensation to the upcoming Vuelta a Espana.

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah Stage 6 Results

Rank Name Team Time
1 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 3:09:22
2 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 0:08
3 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott ,,
4 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:27
5 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:28
6 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy 0:38
7 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:43
8 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 1:14
9 BROWN Nathan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
10 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo 1:15
11 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:18
12 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 1:48
13 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 2:23
14 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2:25
15 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team 3:26
16 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 3:40
17 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 4:16
18 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling 4:50
19 HOEHN Alex Aevolo ,,
20 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo 4:54
21 BACA Tony 303Project 5:02
22 LYONS Angus Mobius-BridgeLane 5:25
23 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 6:11
24 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo ,,
25 FRANKINY Kilian BMC Racing Team ,,
26 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 6:25
27 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team 6:27
28 EVANS Alexander BMC Racing Team 6:35
29 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott ,,
30 DE LUNA Flavio 303Project 6:37
31 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo ,,
32 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
33 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
34 FRAYRE Eder Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 6:45
35 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 6:48
36 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7:08
37 CIMA Damiano Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 7:13
38 EASTER Griffin 303Project 7:21
39 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 7:32
40 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7:39
41 HECHT Gage Aevolo 8:12
42 BROWN Connor Mobius-BridgeLane 8:34
43 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 8:55
44 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 9:26
45 CANTY Brendan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
46 FONT MAS Bernat 303Project 9:28
47 ROBERGE Adam Silber Pro Cycling 10:03
48 HAIDET Lance Aevolo ,,
49 JEAN Émile Silber Pro Cycling ,,
50 CHRETIEN Charles-etienne Silber Pro Cycling ,,
51 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 10:43
52 EASTER Cullen 303Project ,,
53 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 11:36
54 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 12:07
55 LIVINGSTONE Peter Mobius-BridgeLane 12:21
56 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
57 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 13:06
58 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
59 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy 13:07
60 ORONTE Emerson Rally Cycling 13:26
61 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 14:45
62 SCHMITT Morgan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
63 MCCULLOCH Brian Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 14:49
64 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 14:56
65 PONZI Simone Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 16:34
66 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
67 HATSUYAMA Sho Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
68 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 16:44
69 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 17:46
70 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo ,,
71 RAST Gregory Trek – Segafredo 18:19
72 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 18:34
73 MASBOURIAN Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 18:38
74 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 18:40
75 CLARKE William Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 18:44
76 EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL-Jumbo 18:47
77 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 18:56
78 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 19:19
79 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19:26
80 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 20:15
81 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
82 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 20:41
83 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 20:46
84 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy ,,
85 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 21:23
86 BROWN Jonathan Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
87 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303Project ,,
88 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 21:26
89 WYNANTS Maarten Team LottoNL-Jumbo 22:37
90 BOUWMAN Koen Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
91 MAAS Jan Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
92 COYLE Jesse Mobius-BridgeLane ,,
93 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling ,,
94 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon 22:41
Rank Name Team Time
1 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 21:41:12
2 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy 2:09
3 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott 2:21
4 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 2:39
5 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 2:42
6 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 2:58
7 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3:39
8 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 3:57
9 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 4:38
10 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 5:50
11 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7:52
12 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo 8:02
13 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 8:25
14 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 8:27
15 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling ,,
16 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team 8:34
17 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 13:29
18 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team 13:54
19 LYONS Angus Mobius-BridgeLane 13:58
20 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 14:30
21 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 15:21
22 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 15:26
23 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 15:54
24 BROWN Nathan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 17:13
25 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 17:20
26 FRAYRE Eder Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 17:37
27 EASTER Griffin 303Project 18:28
28 FRANKINY Kilian BMC Racing Team 19:53
29 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo 21:04
30 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 21:54
31 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 22:26
32 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 24:48
33 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo 27:36
34 HECHT Gage Aevolo 28:35
35 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott 33:05
36 EVANS Alexander BMC Racing Team 33:19
37 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 33:39
38 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 33:45
39 LIVINGSTONE Peter Mobius-BridgeLane 34:53
40 DE LUNA Flavio 303Project 36:53
41 BROWN Connor Mobius-BridgeLane 38:20
42 EASTER Cullen 303Project 39:44
43 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 41:36
44 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 42:30
45 ORONTE Emerson Rally Cycling 43:55
46 FONT MAS Bernat 303Project 46:33
47 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 46:39
48 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 47:16
49 BACA Tony 303Project 52:03
50 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303Project 54:09
51 CANTY Brendan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 54:17
52 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo 54:35
53 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 54:43
54 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 56:23
55 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 57:00
56 CHRETIEN Charles-etienne Silber Pro Cycling 57:21
57 PONZI Simone Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 58:18
58 CIMA Damiano Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 58:57
59 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:00:41
60 HATSUYAMA Sho Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 1:01:02
61 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo 1:01:19
62 MASBOURIAN Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 1:01:34
63 EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:03:07
64 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 1:03:20
65 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:05:25
66 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon 1:06:51
67 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 1:06:57
68 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 1:07:24
69 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 1:07:56
70 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 1:07:58
71 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:09:09
72 JEAN Émile Silber Pro Cycling 1:09:15
73 BROWN Jonathan Hagens Berman Axeon 1:09:27
74 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 1:10:47
75 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 1:11:30
76 ROBERGE Adam Silber Pro Cycling 1:12:02
77 CLARKE William Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 1:13:29
78 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy 1:14:07
79 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 1:15:47
80 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 1:16:41
81 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 1:16:58
82 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy 1:18:22
83 BOUWMAN Koen Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:18:38
84 MAAS Jan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:18:42
85 WYNANTS Maarten Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:18:52
86 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:19:23
87 RAST Gregory Trek – Segafredo 1:20:12
88 SCHMITT Morgan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 1:23:17
89 MCCULLOCH Brian Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 1:24:16
90 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 1:24:55
91 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 1:25:49
92 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:26:26
93 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon 1:30:06
94 COYLE Jesse Mobius-BridgeLane 1:37:49
Rank Name Team Time
1 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 21:45:09
2 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo 4:05
3 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 4:28
4 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 9:32
5 LYONS Angus Mobius-BridgeLane 10:01
6 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 11:24
7 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 11:29
8 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 13:23
9 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo 17:07
10 HECHT Gage Aevolo 24:38
11 EVANS Alexander BMC Racing Team 29:22
12 LIVINGSTONE Peter Mobius-BridgeLane 30:56
13 BROWN Connor Mobius-BridgeLane 34:23
14 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 42:42
15 CHRETIEN Charles-etienne Silber Pro Cycling 53:24
16 EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL-Jumbo 59:10
17 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon 1:02:54
18 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 1:03:00
19 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 1:03:27
20 BROWN Jonathan Hagens Berman Axeon 1:05:30
21 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 1:06:50
22 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 1:07:33
23 ROBERGE Adam Silber Pro Cycling 1:08:05
24 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 1:13:01
25 MAAS Jan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:14:45
26 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:22:29
27 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon 1:26:09
Rank Name Team Points
1 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 55
2 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 33
3 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 31
4 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 28
5 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon 27
6 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 20
7 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo 18
8 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 14
9 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott 13
10 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy 11
11 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 10
12 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 10
13 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 10
14 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 8
15 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo 8
16 CIMA Damiano Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 8
17 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 7
18 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7
19 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 6
20 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 6
21 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 6
22 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5
23 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 5
24 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 5
25 BROWN Nathan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 5
26 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 4
27 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 3
28 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 3
29 PONZI Simone Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 3
30 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 3
31 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3
32 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3
33 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2
34 BOUWMAN Koen Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2
35 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team 1
36 FRANKINY Kilian BMC Racing Team 1
37 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo 1
38 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1
39 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo 1
40 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 1
41 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy 1
42 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 1
Rank Name Team Points
1 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 34
2 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 27
3 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 23
4 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott 18
5 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 16
6 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy 15
7 BACA Tony 303Project 13
8 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 13
9 EASTER Griffin 303Project 13
10 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 12
11 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 11
12 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling 11
13 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 10
14 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 9
15 FRANKINY Kilian BMC Racing Team 9
16 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 8
17 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo 7
18 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7
19 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 6
20 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 6
21 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 6
22 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 5
23 FRAYRE Eder Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 5
24 HECHT Gage Aevolo 5
25 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5
26 BROWN Nathan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 4
27 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 4
28 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3
29 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo 3
30 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team 2
31 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 2
32 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 1
Rank Name Time
1 Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 65:13:19
2 BMC Racing Team 11:19
3 Trek – Segafredo 22:26
4 Team LottoNL-Jumbo 33:27
5 Aevolo 36:18
6 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 43:06
7 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 47:39
8 Rally Cycling 48:03
9 Hagens Berman Axeon 1:00:14
10 303Project 1:12:07
11 Mitchelton-Scott 1:15:28
12 Mobius-BridgeLane 1:16:54
13 Israel Cycling Academy 1:16:55
14 Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 1:27:43
15 Silber Pro Cycling 1:39:01
16 Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 1:54:28
17 Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 2:12:20

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

Read the full article at Utah stage 6: Kuss wins final stage and takes overall victory in Park City on VeloNews.com.

Trentin wins European road championships

Italy’s Matteo Trentin won the European road race championships in Glasgow, Scotland ahead of the Netherland’s Mathieu van der Poel and Belgium’s Wout van Aert.

Trentin, who fractured his spine earlier in the year at Paris-Roubaix, was happy to take the hard-fought victory.

“It’s incredible to have won after everything I’ve been through recently,” said Trentin after the race. “We rode perfectly as a team and I have to thank everyone who has supported me during my problems and injuries. Nothing went right for eight months and so I want to thank everyone who was there for me. This is a great day!”

Peter Sagan, European champion in 2016, seemed to be still suffering from his brutal Tour de France crash. He was never in the game and was dropped with just under 100 kilometers. He abandoned a few kilometers later.

“I was not in good shape and I still have a lot of pain from the crash at the Tour de France,” said Sagan.

“It was a very technical circuit, and it was hard, and in the end, well, I still have a lot of pain in my back and my hip. I think I need more time to recover from that crash.

“I still have some races left; I have Hamburg and the Vuelta, and we will see. I will try to fight for my best at the end of the season.”

Read the full article at Trentin wins European road championships on VeloNews.com.

Utah stage 5: Kuss unstoppable on Snowbird

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked on the lower slopes of the climb to the finish at Snowbird Resort on stage five of the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and emphatically took his second stage win of the week. The young climber also extended his lead in the general classification with just one stage remaining in the race.

EF Education First-Drapac drove the peloton to the base of the Hors catégorie final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon and started attacking the greatly reduced peloton as the road kicked upward. First, Mike Woods had a go and then Joe Dombrowski, a former overall winner of the Tour of Utah, attacked. Kuss looked cool, calm, and collected the entire time. He brought both Woods and Dombrowski back into the fold himself before launching his winning attack with 8.2 kilometers still to go.

“It was really cool,” Kuss said of coming down the finishing straight alone and high-fiving fans. “Halfway through the stage, the team had done such a good job that I thought I’d try to go for the win, to do it for the six guys on the team that helped me out so much. To make it across I was happier for them and the staff and everything because it’s been such a nice atmosphere at the race with this team. Really all credit to them and also the fans and everything, it’s fun to be able to relate to the people that are watching the race and have a good time with them.”

Israel Cycling Academy’s Ben Hermans chased Kuss valiantly up the climb and finished the stage in second, over 30 seconds down on Kuss. He also moved into second overall 1:21 behind Kuss. Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the stage podium.

Dombrowski still had a solid ride up the climb to move into third overall at 2:05. Nielson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo), who entered the day sitting second overall, had a tough time up the final climb and lost considerable time. He relinquished his Best Young Rider jersey to Luis Villalobos (Aevolo).

How it unfolded

The rolling terrain at the beginning of the fifth stage of the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah saw an exciting start with constant attacking. It was nearly an hour of racing into the 157.7-kilometer stage from Canyons Village to the ski resort at Snowbird before a breakaway was firmly established. Team LottoNL-Jumbo then took the responsibility of setting the pace in the peloton, as they have done since Kuss captured the yellow leader’s jersey on stage two.

The breakaway contained 10 riders with Evan Huffman (Rally) the highest ranked rider in the overall standings at less than four minutes down. Joining Huffman were Daniel Jaramillo and Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly), Kilian Frankiny (BMC Racing), Kiel Reijnen and Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo), Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott), Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy), and Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini).

The leading group entered the town of Park City and soon headed up the penultimate climb of the day with less than 60 kilometers remaining. The cat. 1 Guardsmans Pass (12km at 6.8%) is a brutal affair with the final few hundred meters of the climb having rough pavement and incredibly steep gradients. Shelden would be the only breakaway rider dropped on the climb. The peloton would be no more than about 30 riders by the time they arrived at the summit of Guardsmans Pass and they would be less than two minutes behind the leaders.

Heading into the climb to the finish, there was a changing of the guard at the front of the peloton with EF Education First-Drapac taking over the front. The boys in pink set a blistering pace and the gap to the leaders tumbled down.

Though isolated, Kuss looked to be on cruise control on the lower slopes of the Little Cottonwood Canyon climb. Kuss didn’t necessarily attack off the front of the group, but simply increased his pace and no one was able to follow. He quickly brought back the last remaining breakaway rider, Frankiny, and powered into the lead with just over eight kilometers to go.

Hermans missed Kuss’ initial move and would chase the young rider all the way up the climb. He would limit his loses and jump up to second in the overall standings by the end of the day.

Stetina, who finished over two minutes behind on stage two over Mount Nebo, found his rhythm a couple of kilometers into the climb and powered away from the chase group to take third on the stage.

Defending champion Rob Britton (Rally) had a strong day to finish fourth. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) and the EF Education First-Drapac duo of Dombrowski and Huge Carthy finished in the same time as Britton.

Read the full article at Utah stage 5: Kuss unstoppable on Snowbird on VeloNews.com.

Utah: Philipsen edges McCabe in stage 4 circuit race

Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) won a chaotic photo-finish sprint in downtown Salt Lake City to beat points leader Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) in the stage 4 circuit race. Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) grabbed third.

A reduced peloton caught the remnants of the day’s breakaway riders just before heading into the last right-hand corner to the uphill finish. Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing), who had been in the break all day, hit out on his own one last time but it was not enough. Points leader McCabe launched into his sprint, and Kiel Reijnen went at the same time. Philipsen came from the left, squeezing past McCabe by the slimmest of margins to take the narrowest of wins.

In the overall battle, the top placings remained the same, with Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) still secure in the race’s leader’s jersey. His teammate, Neilson Powless, remains in second, 19 seconds back, with Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in third.

How it unfolded

Nearly from the gun, T.J. Eisenhart (Holowesko Citadel) and Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo) launched an attack to separate themselves from the field. Eventually, a group of 15 would coalesce at the front of affairs. It included Eisenhart, Didier, Nigel Ellsay (Rally), Sam Bewley (Mitchelton-Scott), Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing), Michel Ries (Trek-Segafredo), Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Edward Anderson (Hagens Berman Axeon), Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly), Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly), Danick Vandale (Silber), Michael Hernandez (Aevolo), Lance Haidet (Aevolo), and Bernat Font Mas (303 Project).

Battling the heat, which soared to 95 degrees, the LottoNL-Jumbo team of overall leader Sepp Kuss didn’t allow the breakaway a large lead, which settled in at around one minute halfway through the race.

Just past the sprint line with three laps to go, Didier and Haidet fell off the back of the breakaway group. With 25 kilometers to go, the pair were reabsorbed by the peloton.

Meanwhile, Elevate-KHS, which did not have a rider in the break, came to the front of the main pack to pull hard. With two laps to go, the gap was 40 seconds. In the break, Bewley put in a dig through the finish line to try and drop some riders. Instead, he hurt himself, and drifted back. Santaromita was dropped from the group. Bewley regained contact. And it was 11.

As the riders entered City Creek Canyon, Clarke attacked, pushing a big gear up the undulating road. His lead extended to 15 seconds.

Eisenhart dropped back from the break and was reabsorbed.

The break began to fall apart as Shelden attacked, catching Clarke. Then Tvetcov went and Rosskopf followed. It was all back together. Then Hernandez had a dig. It was shut down immediately, before Clarke hinted at another attack.

Entering the finishing stretch with one lap to go, the EF Education First-Drapac team joined LottoNL at the front of the peloton, and dropped the break’s lead to 20 seconds.

Into the final 11.5 kilometer lap, Clarke cracked and was quickly reabsorbed. Rosskopf showed impatience and went to the front of the break to take charge. It proved too much for Shelden who tailed off. Font Mas had a dig but was quickly reeled in by Rosskopf. Then Tvetcov went, but didn’t get far. Non-stop aggression saw their lead grow to 15 seconds. Five riders remained in the front group: Rosskopf, Anderson, Tvetcov, Ries, and Ellsay.

Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo) and Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon) bridged from the peloton up to the front group. Rosskopf drove the pace, keeping the speeds consistent. At 4.5 km to go, the lead was 10 seconds.

Heading down the long, wide boulevard leading into the last right-hand corner, the riders looked around at each other while speeds stayed high. Rosskopf hit out on his own and Tvetcov pulled him back. With a mile to go, the peloton had the break in their sights. With 800 meters to go the catch was made.

Rosskopf gave a final dig. That’s when McCabe launched into his sprint. Philippsen came from the left, squeezing past McCabe to take victory at the line.

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Utah stage 3: McCabe takes second stage victory in sprint

Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) took his second stage victory at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Thursday, out-sprinting the field in Layton. In doing so, he became the winningest rider in Tour of Utah history, with four total victories.

The UnitedHealthcare rider patiently waited behind teammate Sebastian Haedo before striking out, besting Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon) in the bike throw at the line. Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy) came home third.

Little changed in the overall classification after stage 3. Sepp Kuss (LottoNl-Jumbo) remained in the overall lead, 19 seconds ahead of teammate Neilson Powless, after finishing safely in the peloton. Prologue winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) remains 25 seconds back.

How it unfolded

The peloton shut down all of the early attempts to break away, through the day’s first sprint line. Points leader McCabe won the first intermediate sprint, while Nielson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo), who started the day second overall, took the two-second bonus for second place.

After more than an hour of racing, a group of 10 finally broke away. The group included Michael Rice (Axeon Hagens Berman), Gage Hecht (Aevolo), Hamish Schruers (Israel Cycling Academy), Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott), Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Rob Britton (Rally Cycling), Tony Baca (303 Project), Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo), and Brendan Canty (EF Education First-Drapac). Britton was the best placed rider in the overall, two minutes down in the general classification.

By the time the group reached the KOM point on Bountiful Bench at 90 kilometers, their gap had grown to 1:30. LottoNL-Jumbo rode at the front of the peloton to control things, keeping close tabs on the gap.

With 50 kilometers left to race, riders began to attack the breakaway group. Schruers jumped and was joined by several riders, but eventually everything regrouped. Their lead was down to 55 seconds.

The breakaway group entered the first of five five-kilometer finishing circuits with a 30-second lead on the field. Britton then launched a solo attack, quickly followed by Jonny Clarke. The duo held the gap at 30 seconds with two laps to go. Not long after, it was all too apparent their day was done.

As they lined out for the final lap, Jelly Belly kept the pace high. Next, Hagens Berman Axeon massed at the front to bring back a lone escapee, before McCabe launched to overhaul Philipsen at the line.

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah Stage 3 Results

Rank Name Team Time
1 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 4:04:47
2 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
3 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy ,,
4 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
5 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
6 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling ,,
7 BASSETTI Sam Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling ,,
8 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling ,,
9 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
10 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo ,,
11 PONZI Simone Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
12 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team ,,
13 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy ,,
14 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
15 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
16 EASTER Griffin 303Project ,,
17 HOEHN Alex Aevolo ,,
18 LEWIS Joe Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
19 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo ,,
20 HAIDET Lance Aevolo ,,
21 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo ,,
22 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
23 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
24 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
25 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team ,,
26 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team ,,
27 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
28 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo ,,
29 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy ,,
30 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott ,,
31 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
32 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
33 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling ,,
34 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy ,,
35 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
36 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
37 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
38 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
39 BROWN Connor Mobius-BridgeLane ,,
40 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
41 FRANKINY Kilian BMC Racing Team ,,
42 BROWN Nathan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
43 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling ,,
44 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
45 DE LUNA Flavio 303Project ,,
46 LYONS Angus Mobius-BridgeLane ,,
47 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy ,,
48 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling ,,
49 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
50 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling ,,
51 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
52 FRAYRE Eder Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling ,,
53 HATSUYAMA Sho Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
54 FONT MAS Bernat 303Project ,,
55 EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
56 CHRETIEN Charles-etienne Silber Pro Cycling ,,
57 HECHT Gage Aevolo ,,
58 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303Project ,,
59 VANDALE Danick Silber Pro Cycling ,,
60 PATE Danny Rally Cycling ,,
61 EVANS Alexander BMC Racing Team ,,
62 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy ,,
63 SCHMITT Morgan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
64 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
65 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo ,,
66 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo ,,
67 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo ,,
68 ROBERGE Adam Silber Pro Cycling ,,
69 GERVAIS Laurent Aevolo ,,
70 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
71 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott ,,
72 COYLE Jesse Mobius-BridgeLane ,,
73 RAST Gregory Trek – Segafredo ,,
74 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott ,,
75 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling ,,
76 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling ,,
77 JEAN Émile Silber Pro Cycling ,,
78 MASBOURIAN Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling ,,
79 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott ,,
80 LIVINGSTONE Peter Mobius-BridgeLane 0:23
81 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon 0:32
82 MCCULLOCH Brian Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 1:03
83 CLARKE William Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
84 MARANGONI Alan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
85 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 1:09
86 ISLAS LOPEZ Fernando Aevolo 1:27
87 BROWN Jonathan Hagens Berman Axeon 1:36
88 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:47
89 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 1:59
90 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
91 ACEVEDO Janier Alexis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2:39
92 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
93 ORONTE Emerson Rally Cycling 3:29
94 EASTER Cullen 303Project 3:38
95 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources ,,
96 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
97 WOLFE Ben Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
98 WYNANTS Maarten Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
99 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo ,,
100 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott ,,
101 BOUWMAN Koen Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
102 MAAS Jan Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
103 HOWES Alex Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
104 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott ,,
105 CIMA Damiano Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini ,,
106 CANTY Brendan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 5:49
107 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy ,,
108 BACA Tony 303Project ,,
Rank Name Team Time
1 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 11:54:24
2 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:19
3 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team 0:25
4 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:36
5 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 0:37
6 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:38
7 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
8 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
9 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott 0:40
10 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team ,,
11 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy 0:42
12 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 0:50
13 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:52
14 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 1:43
15 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team 1:46
16 BROWN Nathan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 1:53
17 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 1:59
18 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling 2:00
19 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 3:37
20 TVETCOV Serghei UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3:38
21 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3:41
22 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo 3:45
23 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 3:48
24 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 3:49
25 LYONS Angus Mobius-BridgeLane 3:50
26 BURKE Jack Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3:52
27 FRAYRE Eder Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 3:53
28 EISENHART Taylor Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 3:54
29 SANTAROMITA Ivan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 3:55
30 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 3:58
31 EASTER Griffin 303Project 5:08
32 FRANKINY Kilian BMC Racing Team 10:27
33 NEWKIRK Isaiah 303Project 10:40
34 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo 10:49
35 LIVINGSTONE Peter Mobius-BridgeLane 11:12
36 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 11:19
37 PLAZA Rubén Israel Cycling Academy 12:14
38 HECHT Gage Aevolo 12:17
39 MASBOURIAN Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 12:18
40 POWER Robert Mitchelton-Scott 12:21
41 SANCHEZ Brayan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 12:28
42 FONT MAS Bernat 303Project 12:38
43 DE LUNA Flavio 303Project 12:55
44 EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL-Jumbo 13:07
45 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy 13:37
46 HATSUYAMA Sho Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 13:40
47 ORONTE Emerson Rally Cycling 14:13
48 EASTER Cullen 303Project 14:52
49 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo 16:47
50 BROWN Connor Mobius-BridgeLane 16:59
51 PONZI Simone Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 17:17
52 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 19:39
53 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo 20:10
54 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 20:15
55 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 20:16
56 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 20:18
57 CHEYNE Jordan Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 20:22
58 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 20:24
59 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott ,,
60 CHRETIEN Charles-etienne Silber Pro Cycling 20:25
61 BASSETTI Sam Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 20:27
62 VANDALE Danick Silber Pro Cycling 20:29
63 CIMA Damiano Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 20:31
64 EVANS Alexander BMC Racing Team ,,
65 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 20:41
66 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 20:43
67 CLARKE William Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 21:30
68 BROWN Jonathan Hagens Berman Axeon 22:09
69 LEMUS Luis Israel Cycling Academy 22:24
70 CANTY Brendan Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,,
71 ACEVEDO Janier Alexis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 22:55
72 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 23:02
73 MARANGONI Alan Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 23:26
74 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 23:37
75 BOUWMAN Koen Team LottoNL-Jumbo 23:46
76 MAAS Jan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 23:50
77 COMPANIONI Ruben Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 23:57
78 WYNANTS Maarten Team LottoNL-Jumbo 24:00
79 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 24:07
80 SHELDEN Taylor Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 24:25
81 HOWES Alex Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 25:18
82 WOLFE Ben Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 26:01
83 BACA Tony 303Project 26:20
84 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy ,,
85 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 26:35
86 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon 29:28
87 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 31:35
88 ISLAS LOPEZ Fernando Aevolo 33:29
89 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo 33:40
90 WILLIAMS Tyler Israel Cycling Academy 36:33
91 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling 36:34
92 JEAN Émile Silber Pro Cycling 36:37
93 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott ,,
94 RAST Gregory Trek – Segafredo 36:45
95 KRASILNIKAU Andrei Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 36:47
96 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo 36:49
97 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 36:50
98 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 37:00
99 ROBERGE Adam Silber Pro Cycling 37:49
100 MCCULLOCH Brian Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 38:14
101 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 38:24
102 SCHMITT Morgan Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 41:39
103 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling ,,
104 PATE Danny Rally Cycling 41:41
105 LEWIS Joe Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 41:44
106 GERVAIS Laurent Aevolo 41:51
107 COYLE Jesse Mobius-BridgeLane 41:54
108 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon 42:14
Rank Name Team Time
1 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 11:54:43
2 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 0:31
3 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 1:24
4 CONCI Nicola Trek – Segafredo 3:26
5 ZUKOWSKY Nicolas Silber Pro Cycling 3:29
6 HOEHN Alex Aevolo 3:30
7 LYONS Angus Mobius-BridgeLane 3:31
8 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 3:39
9 RIES Michel Trek – Segafredo 10:30
10 LIVINGSTONE Peter Mobius-BridgeLane 10:53
11 REVARD Thomas Hagens Berman Axeon 11:00
12 HECHT Gage Aevolo 11:58
13 EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:48
14 BROWN Connor Mobius-BridgeLane 16:40
15 HAMILTON Lucas Mitchelton-Scott 20:05
16 CHRETIEN Charles-etienne Silber Pro Cycling 20:06
17 EVANS Alexander BMC Racing Team 20:12
18 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 20:22
19 BROWN Jonathan Hagens Berman Axeon 21:50
20 MAAS Jan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 23:31
21 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 23:48
22 CHAVES Brayan Mitchelton-Scott 26:16
23 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon 29:09
24 ISLAS LOPEZ Fernando Aevolo 33:10
25 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling 36:15
26 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo 36:30
27 HAIDET Lance Aevolo 36:41
28 ROBERGE Adam Silber Pro Cycling 37:30
29 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 38:05
30 GERVAIS Laurent Aevolo 41:32
31 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon 41:55
Rank Name Team Points

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah Stage 3 results will be available once stage has completed.

Rank Name Team Points
1 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 13
2 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 10
3 MAWDITT Lionel Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 10
4 CARTHY Hugh Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 9
5 DOMBROWSKI Joe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 7
6 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 7
7 BACA Tony 303Project 6
8 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 6
9 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 6
10 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 5
11 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5
12 FRAYRE Eder Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 5
13 HECHT Gage Aevolo 5
14 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott 4
15 BRITTON Rob Rally Cycling 4
16 EASTER Griffin 303Project 4
17 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 3
18 DIDIER Laurent Trek – Segafredo 3
19 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2
20 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1
Rank Name Team Points
1 MCCABE Travis UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 43
2 AVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy 21
3 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 21
4 POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL-Jumbo 20
5 KUSS Sepp Team LottoNL-Jumbo 15
6 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling 14
7 PHILIPSEN Jasper Hagens Berman Axeon 12
8 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 11
9 WOODS Michael Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 10
10 CIMA Damiano Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 8
11 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis Aevolo 7
12 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo 7
13 HERMANS Ben Israel Cycling Academy 6
14 CIMA Imerio Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 6
15 CLARKE Jonathan UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5
16 SIMPSON George Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 5
17 COTÉ Pier-André Silber Pro Cycling 5
18 BASSETTI Sam Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 4
19 HAIG Jack Mitchelton-Scott 3
20 HUFFMAN Evan Rally Cycling 3
21 PONZI Simone Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 3
22 MCGEOUGH Cormac Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3
23 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 3
24 MANNION Gavin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2
25 BOUWMAN Koen Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2
26 SWIRBUL Keegan Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1
27 OLIVIER Daan Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1
28 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 1
29 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy 1
30 HERNANDEZ Michael Aevolo 1
Rank Name Time
1 Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 35:45:03
2 BMC Racing Team 0:51
3 Rally Cycling 4:29
4 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 6:04
5 Team LottoNL-Jumbo 11:51
6 Hagens Berman Axeon 13:49
7 Trek – Segafredo 13:59
8 Aevolo 15:05
9 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19:38
10 303Project 23:30
11 Israel Cycling Academy 24:21
12 Mitchelton-Scott 27:51
13 Mobius-BridgeLane 29:36
14 Silber Pro Cycling 30:50
15 Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 32:24
16 Holowesko – Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources 34:39
17 Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling 42:26

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

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Utah: Sepp Kuss attacks over Mount Nebo to take stage 2, race lead

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked solo from 45 kilometers to go on the lower slopes of Mount Nebo, climbed up to and through members of the day’s breakaway, and held onto his lead on the descent into Payson to take stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah by 29 seconds. Kuss, who started the day 13 seconds back in the general classification, also took the 10-second time bonus, which puts him into the yellow jersey by 21 seconds.

Kuss’s teammate, Neilson Powless, attacked a chasing group of 12 with less than a kilometer to go to finish second on the stage and retain his best young rider’s jersey. He also moved into second overall. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) dropped to third overall, 25 seconds back from Kuss.

How it unfolded

After several attempts by different riders to establish a breakaway, and with some 70 miles to race, a group containing Evan Huffman (Rally), Edward Anderson (Hagens Berman Axeon), Sam Bassetti (Elevate-KHS), Cormac Mcgeough (Jelly Belly), Michael Hernandez (Aevolo), and Griffin Easter (303 Project) forged ahead. The group slowly dragged their lead to 4:30 as they approached the second sprint line.

At the base of the day’s category 1 climb, Mount Nebo, the breakaway splintered, with several riders attacking and others counterattacking. Eventually, Easter passed everyone to jump into the lead. Meanwhile, in the peloton, BMC Racing set a steady tempo to control the ever-shrinking group from attacking, and keep GC leader Tejay van Garderen well protected.

Eventually, however, they could not control it anymore. Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked and quickly bridged up to Easter. Behind, Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac), Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo), and Anderson launched from the group. Joe Dombrowski (EF Eduation First-Drapac) then bridged to his teammate. Minutes later he dropped him, setting off to try and drag back Kuss on his own.

With five kilometers to go to the KOM point, Kuss’s lead was out to 45 seconds over Dombrowski. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) continued to push the pace for van Garderen, in a group of 12 total riders, including Woods, Stetina, Hugh Carthy (Education First-Drapac), Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo), Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare), Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Kyle Murphy (Rally), Luis Villalobos (Aevolo), Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott), and Keegan Swirbul (Jelly Belly).

Carthy then launched an attack and bridged to teammate Dombrowksi. Meanwhile, Powless, Mannion, Stetina, and Bookwalter were dropped.

At the KOM point, Kuss led by one minute over the EF pair. With 35 kilometers to go on the descent of Mount Nebo, that pair was absorbed by the chasing group containing van Garderen and others.

Soon after, Murphy, Villalobos, and Carthy attacked and extended a 10-second lead on the group, while Bookwalter, Powless, and Mannion rejoined the van Garderen group.

Kuss continued his solo time-trial ride across the rolling plateau atop Mount Nebo into a stiff headwind. With seven miles to go, the yellow jersey group of nine riders regrouped with the three chase riders. Moments later Woods crashed taking a righthand turn. He quickly remounted and started to chase.

With five kilometers to go, Kuss still held a one-minute lead, and he was able to power ahead to the win. Amid a flurry of attacks from the chasing group, Powless snuck away to sprint to second place.

Stay tuned for more from the Tour of Utah.

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Alaphilippe sprints to his first Clásica San Sebastián win

After escaping on the final climb with Bauke Mollema, Julian Alaphilippe out-sprinted the Trek-Segafredo rider to win Clásica San Sebastián Saturday in Spain.

Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) is coming off of a sterling Tour de France that saw him win the king of the mountains classification as well as two stages. French champion Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) was third in the sprint from a small chase group at the end of the 228.7km race.

The finale was marred by a major crash in the peloton on a straight road that caught out a few favorites with around 20 kilometers to go.

Most notably, climbers Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Team Sky) were forced to abandon due to injuries. Emergency staff put a neck brace on Landa before moving him onto a stretcher. Bernal was also taken off the road on a stretcher.

LottoNL-Jumbo’s Antwan Tolhoek hit out with about nine kilometers to go on the early slopes of Alto de Murgil.

As the slope pitched up to 17 percent gradient, he was joined by Groupama-FDJ’s Rudy Molard. The duo had a slight lead over the chase group of four riders, but it wouldn’t hold.

Mollema rode clear and caught the early escapees. He was followed by Alaphilippe over the top of the last climb.

Tolhoek and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) chased about 30 seconds behind into the final kilometer, but they would not be able to catch the lead duo.

Alaphilippe led out the sprint with 500 meters to go, nervously checking over his shoulder to see if the chasers were approaching.

They weren’t, leaving it up to him and his Dutch companion to sprint for the win.

Mollema had no response to Alaphilippe’s turn of speed, and the Frenchman won his first Txapela Basque beret — the traditional prize given to the victor of Clásica San Sebastián.

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MTB nationals: Injury comebacks, repeat winners in West Virginia

High in the Allegheny mountains of West Virginia, atop Snowshoe mountain resort, national championships were awarded at USA Cycling’s National Mountain Bike Championships Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the pro cross-country race saw the two top favorites, teammates, and defending champions win Stars and Stripes.

In the men’s race, Howard Grotts outlasted a duel with his Specialized teammate Christopher Blevins to win by 1:39.

“It’s a pretty difficult course, but it suits me pretty well. The climbs are pretty good for me, the technical sections are a little tough being a little guy but it was still fun and we had great weather,” Grotts said. “Going to the World Cups wearing the Stars and Stripes is extra motivation to show up and push harder. It’s incredible representing the U.S. I look forward to wearing it at the World Championships this year.”

Blevins had a flat tire on the third of six laps and ended the day third.

Apart from the Specialized duo, Luke Vrouwenvelder had an exceptional race to finish second. Riding for his own coaching business, LukeVCoaching, the 23-year-old’s silver medal capped off a recovery from injury after he was hit by a car two months ago.

Grotts Blevins
Teammates Howard Grotts (R) and Christopher Blevins (L) after a hard-fought battle in the XC. Photo: Weldon Weaver

Like her Specialized teammate Grotts, Kate Courtney came into the Snowshoe race carrying the weight of a defending champion, and she was up to the task. Courtney pulled away on the first lap and won by 2:27 over Erin Huck (Construction Zone). Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) was third in her first start at elite mountain bike nationals.

“It’s always a tricky race at nationals, everyone brings their A-game, and the racing is really tough from the gun,” said Courtney. “We went out pretty hard and really battled through that singletrack. For me, today was all about riding within myself and setting my own pace. I’m really psyched I executed my plan, and I had a really, really great ride out there. The course got tacky enough and it was just a bit technical and slippery in the rooty sections. Overall, the course was great and we didn’t have any rain so it was a perfect race today.”

Erin Huck
Erin Huck came back from injury to win her third short track national title in a row. Photo: Weldon Weaver

Huck is another notable story to come out of nationals. At the second World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, in late May, she crashed during training and broke her hand. After two months of therapy and rest, she came storming back. In addition to her silver in the XC, she won the short-track on Sunday.

“It feels awesome. I just recently broke my hand and I came into this without really knowing what to expect with fitness, bike handling and just taking it minute by minute really. It felt really good,” said Huck. “I was definitely getting gapped on the turns, but then I got the flow. And just that last climb I absolutely buried myself. I was hoping to get second behind Kate, and I was able to put in an attack and get around Ellen. And I just kept going, seeing stars. It felt really really good to go hard.”

Courtney was second and Noble was again third.

Like Noble, Blevins — the under-23 national cyclocross champion — was racing his first elite mountain bike nationals. He got a bit of redemption Sunday by winning the short-track championships ahead of Grotts as rain began to fall at the end of the 20-minute race.

“It didn’t rain that long, but all the rain earlier in the week, and then dry, packed [conditions]. So it was super-slick once you got a little layer of moisture on top,” said Blevins. “I just really wanted this one. I had some bad luck yesterday, and sloppy riding in the rocks. Today, on the last lap, I was just motivated and had my eyes on it and was able to come away with [the win].”

Vrouwenvelder was outsprinted by Grotts and took third.

“Howard [Grotts] is always good going up and I just tried to stick with him, I let him set the pace. I wanted it to come down to a sprint up that last hill. I led in the last singletrack and I was able to hold it from there,” Blevins added.

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Giro Rosa Stage 10: Van Vleuten secures victory; Moolman-Pasio second, Spratt third

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten won the tenth and final stage, along with overall victory, of the Giro Rosa on Sunday. She won the stage by 27-seconds over a group of eight chasers, which included second and third place overall finishers Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla), and her teammate Amanda Spratt.

Van Vleuten said her tactic of constant aggression was the key to winning her first Giro Rosa overall title.

“Today’s stage win wasn’t premeditated, it just happened out there on the road, I felt that it was good to attack on the climb and carry some speed into the descent. It’s no secret that attack is the best form of defense and that was me defending the jersey. I felt good on the climb and it’s special to wrap up the GC by winning the last stage.”

Runner-up Moolman-Pasio said she was pleased with her podium position, but wants more out of future appearances at the Giro Rosa.

“It’s my first Giro Rosa podium. It would be wonderful to win this race one time in my career and this is the closest I’ve come so I’ll keep challenging. It’s quite an emotional experience to finish on the podium. Successfully standing here on the podium as an African is a big achievement for me, I am really proud of it.”

The 35-year-old van Vleuten scored her third victory today to secure the biggest win of her career.

Van Vleuten headed into the tenth and final stage with a hard-to-beat 3:35 lead over her nearest rival on the general classification, Moolman-Pasio.

A breakaway of 13 riders animated the early part of the day before being reeled in ahead of the final climb.

Moolman-Pasio was the first rider to attack on the final climb of the stage, but the Mitchelton-Scott team followed closely with van Vleuten stamping her authority on the race, counter-attacking the move by her teammate Spratt. The move was simply too strong for anybody to follow, and the Dutchman soloed away for the stage, and overall, win.

After one day’s break, the UCI Women’s World Tour will continue on Tuesday 17 July when they line up in La Course by le Tour de France.

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Giro Rosa Stage 9: Van Vleuten conquers Monte Zoncolan, increases overall lead

Annemiek van Vleuten took a phenomenal solo victory up the iconic Monte Zoncolan on stage 8 of the Giro-Rosa.

Wearing the Maglia Rosa, she crossed the line 40 seconds faster than Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla), her nearest rival in the GC, to extend her overall lead by three minutes and 35 seconds with one stage remaining.

“Today was epic on the Zoncolan, but I loved it. I was looking forward to this day and of course, defending the GC and the Maglia Rosa was my primary objective, but I also wanted to win this stage really, really badly.

“I didn’t recon the climb beforehand, but I knew it was steep and I actually had something left to attack Ashleigh because I really wanted to win and the last few hundred metres there were so many people clapping and cheering, it was so special, and I had a little bit of time to enjoy the moment.”

After the stage, Moolman-Pasio spoke about how proud she was of her ride.

“I am proud of my ride today,” Moolman-Pasio said. “Obviously, there is the disappointment of not winning the stage, but I went all in. On the steeper part of the climb I accelerated and got into a hard tempo and Annemiek [van Vleuten] could follow. I tried to keep the hard tempo and just before we hit the flatter section, she attacked. I took a few minutes to consolidate and towards the end I was coming back but ran out of climb. I’m onto second on GC but there is the element of disappointment to not take the stage win.”

Moolman-Pasio started the day third overall and had her eye on making up time on the overall classification as well as the stage win.

“It’s a tricky balance between taking time on the GC from other riders and to go for the stage win and in the moment I did what I thought was right. Annemiek was in the lead and didn’t have to work so I was driving the pace. All in all, I’m proud of the team’s effort and I’m just disappointed I couldn’t repay them with the stage win.”

After a fast start and once again many attacks, finally, a breakaway of three riders formed a one-minute lead over the peloton.

The race passed through a brief storm, which saw the peloton split slightly and the trio was finally reeled in with 15km remaining.

As the riders started the infamous climb, a high pace was set by Boels-Dolmans with Megan Guarnier causing the front of the race to reduce to around 15 riders.

On the first steep pitch, it was Moolman-Pasio who made a big acceleration, with only van Vleuten able to follow.

With confidence after dominating in the uphill time trial on Thursday, van Vleuten waited patiently before accelerating away from Moolman with two kilometers to go and to an emphatic solo stage win.

Van Vleuten’s teammate Amanda Spratt fought on behind, eventually crossing the line in third place to jump up into third place overall with one stage remaining.

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