Reijnen Wins Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah in 5-Up Sprint – Results, Report, Photos

Reijnen Sprints to Win in Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah

The peloton in stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by daverphoto.com
The peloton in stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by daverphoto.com
The jersey awards after stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by daverphoto.com
The jersey awards after stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by daverphoto.com
Keil Reijnen (UHC) sprints for the win on Stage 1, 2015 Tour of Utah, daverphoto.com
Keil Reijnen (UHC) sprints for the win on Stage 1, 2015 Tour of Utah, daverphoto.com
Tanner Putt (UHC) leading the charge chasing down the break, Stage 1, 2015 Tour of Utah, daverphoto.com
Tanner Putt (UHC) leading the charge chasing down the break, Stage 1, 2015 Tour of Utah, daverphoto.com
Johann van Zyl charging through,  Stage 1, 2015 Tour of Utah, daverphoto.com
Johann van Zyl charging through, Stage 1, 2015 Tour of Utah, daverphoto.com

August 3, 2015 – Logan, Utah –

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 Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling and Taylor Phinney (USA) of the BMC Racing Team, who finished second and third respectively, at the Stage 1 presented by Smith's finish in Logan.

Stage 1 presented by Smith's began in Logan amid wet conditions and covered 132.1 miles, the longest opening day in the 11-year Tour of Utah history, with 6,553 feet of elevation gain.  The Tour of Utah began today with 121 riders, representing 24 countries, on a 712-mile journey across Utah and Idaho for seven days of racing, August 3-9. Upgraded to a 2.HC sanctioned stage race by the international governing body of cycling, Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), the 2015 Tour of Utah  offers a total of 51,442 feet of elevation gain for the week.

“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 really easy to put yourself in a box, to say, okay 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 and 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.”

Wily riders Reijnen, Howes and Phinney took advantage of the terrain in the finishing circuits to connect to the dwindling early breakaway in the final four miles.

“I felt pretty terrible with 15 kilometers to go, I was shivering for an hour. Then I took my jacket off and went back to the car and [BMC Racing Team DS] Jackson [Stewart] told me the time gap. I just put it together that the sprinters team were working really hard and that with the wet, and also the tiny little climb on the circuit, it could be a good opportunity to go for it,”explained Phinney who was sidelined 62 weeks since fracturing his left leg and injuring his left knee in a crash in May of 2014 at the USA Cycling national road championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Phinney flashed back to his commentating days last summer when he saw Howes and Reijnen attack. “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. So 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.”

The riders climbed Logan Canyon for the first Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climb at 7,799 feet 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.

Seven riders escaped in the early miles of the stage and established a 14 minute lead over the peloton at one point during the stage. The breakaway consisted of Johan Van Zyl (South Africa) of MTN-Qhubeka pb Samsung, Carlos Ramirez (Colombia) ofTeam Colombia, Joe Schmalz (USA) of Hincapie Racing, Emerson Oronte (USA) of Team SmartStop, Greg Daniel (USA) of Axeon Cycling, David Williams (USA) of Jamis Hagens-Berman p/b Sutter Home and Josh Berry (Australia) of  Team Budget Forklifts.

The breakaway riders worked together to push their gap to almost 15 minutes in the rain as the temperatures plummeted to 58 degrees. Behind, a combination of general classification and sprinters teams, such as Drapac Professional Cycling, Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team and Airgas Safeway Cycling Team, led the chase at the front of the field.

The gap was down to six minutes by the time the breakaway riders rounded Bear Lake to start the climb up Logan Canyon for the second time. Three riders fell off the pace, leaving Daniel, Van Zyl and Oronte to continue to battle at the front. The trio hit speeds of 45 mph on their descent on the wet roads heading back to Logan and the finishing circuits.

More teams, including Bardiani-CSF and Team Colombia followed by BMC Racing Team, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team and Drapac Professional Cycling added riders in the rotation, reducing the gap to three minutes with 11 miles to go.

Facing a headwind on a descending false flat, the trio of escapees were still working together, and trying to hold everyone off with less than eight miles to go. Oronte was dropped two miles later. Van Zyl and Daniel held a gap of 25 seconds as they entered the first of two finishing circuits. Sensing a possible bunch sprint, sprinters teams manned the front of the field but three savvy riders jumped away.

Initially, Reijnen, Howes and then Phinney bridged across to the duo and immediately went to the front to set a fast pace. Though only 10 seconds separated the five riders from the charging field on the bell lap, it was enough for the break to make it to the line. Reijnen came around Phinney, who led from the last corner, in the final 500 meters for the win.  Howes, Phinney, Daniel, and Van Zyl made up the top five, staying just ahead of the charging field. For Daniel and Van Zyl, the high placings were at some reward for being in the break all day.

Reijnen added, “When Taylor came across on the downhill, the peloton is not going to make any gains on us with him there, and with Alex and I on the kicker, it looked pretty good.”

“I didn't play the sprint so well. I had a little bit of a gap coming out of the last corner. I just hit it. I don't know, just a bit nervous I guess,”Phinney continued.

Eric Young (USA) of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies took the field sprint for sixth place, crossing the line four seconds later.

Daniel took the points for the two Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climbs and will wear the KOM jersey on Tuesday. Van Zyl was awarded the Vivint Most Aggressive Rider jersey and fans have chosen Utah’s Tanner Putt (USA) of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team as the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite.

Utah riders Tanner Putt, Chris Putt, and Robbie Squire finished safely in the main pack.

Stage 2 presented by Workers Compensation Fund will see the Tour start for the first time in Tremonton. The 100.3-mile stage 2 will start at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4. Racers will enjoy the wide, rural roads of Box Elder County, including the famous Fruit Highway (Hwy 89). Rolling along the Wasatch Front through Honeyville, Brigham City, Perry and Willard, the race will then enter Weber County and the city of Ogden. Unlike the relatively gentle slopes found earlier, this part of Stage 2 features a 10 percent average gradient as riders circle around Pineview Reservoir and tackle North Ogden Divide. Then comes the rapid descent back toward downtown Ogden. Fans will witness three laps around a 2.28-mile circuit with a thrilling finish on historic 25th Street.

 

2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Award Jerseys

  • Larry H. Miller Dealerships Leader – Kiel Reijnen (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • Utah Sports Commission Sprint Leader – Kiel Reijnen (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain Leader – Greg Daniel (USA), Axeon Cycling Team
  • Subaru Best Young Rider – Greg Daniel (USA), Axeon Cycling Team
  • Vivint Most Aggressive Rider – Johan Van Zyl (South Africa), MTN-Qhubeka pb Samsung
  • America First Credit Union Fan Favorite – Tanner Putt (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • Washakie Renewable Energy Best Team – Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling
Kiel Reijnen wins stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by Mark Deterline
Kiel Reijnen wins stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by Mark Deterline
5 Man Break at the end of stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by Mark Deterline
5 Man Break at the end of stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Photo by Mark Deterline

 

Organiser: Utah Cycling Partnership Inc.
Stage: August 3, 2015
Arrival classification: Stage 1 – Logan to Logan pb Smith's
Average speed of winner: 41.258 km/h<BR>25.636 mph
Distance: 212,5km<BR>132,04m
Time of winner: 5.09'02”
Commencement: 9:15 AM
Position UCI Code Rider Team Team Time Gap Bonuses Penalty
1 54 USA19860601 REIJNEN Kiel UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:02 0:00:00 10
2 3 USA19880101 HOWES Alex TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG 5:09:02 0:00:00 6
3 12 USA19900627 PHINNEY Taylor BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:09:02 0:00:00 4
4 111 USA19941108 * DANIEL Gregory AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:02 0:00:00 3
5 48 RSA19910202 VAN ZYL Johann MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:09:04 0:00:02 1
6 108 USA19890226 YOUNG Eric OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:09:06 0:00:04
7 71 ITA19900517 COLBRELLI Sonny BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:09:06
8 65 COL19941104 * MOLANO Sebastián COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
9 84 USA19920620 * CARPENTER Robin HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:06
10 121 ARG19830418 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:09:06
11 38 NED19900814 WIPPERT Wouter DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:09:06
12 24 POR19900125 SILVESTRE Fabio TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 5:09:06
13 58 USA19841215 MURPHY John UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:06
14 61 COL19891121 AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
15 116 USA19950325 * OWEN Logan AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:06
16 6 GER19930129 * ZEPUNTKE Ruben TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG 5:09:06
17 112 USA19930704 * EATON Daniel AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:06
18 4 USA19890322 KING Benjamin TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG 5:09:06
19 91 SLO19841018 KOCJAN Jure TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:09:06
20 117 POR19940706 * GUERREIRO Ruben AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:06
21 11 USA19840216 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:09:06
22 46 ALG19900109 REGUIGUI Youcef MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:09:06
23 32 AUS19920815 * KERBY Jordan DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:09:06
24 113 GBR19950330 * GEOGHEGAN HART Tao AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:06
25 94 USA19890512 MCCABE Travis TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:09:06
26 87 NZL19930303 * SMITH Dion HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:06
27 143 USA19910413 MCCUTCHEON Connor AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:09:06
28 15 SUI19860929 SCHÄR Michael BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:09:06
29 57 USA19920421 * PUTT Tanner UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:06
30 134 MDA19931223 * TANOVITCHII Nicolae JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:06
31 41 ERI19910105 BERHANE Natnael MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:09:06
32 75 ITA19900901 BONGIORNO Manuel Francesco BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:09:06
33 52 ITA19881226 CANOLA Marco UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:06
34 16 ITA19920311 * SENNI Manuel BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:09:06
35 81 USA19910503 MAGNER Tyler HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:06
36 74 ITA19891102 ZARDINI Edoardo BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:09:06
37 14 USA19890905 ROSSKOPF Joseph BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:09:06
38 105 CAN19910126 NAUD Pierrick OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:09:06
39 155 AUS19920117 * CANTY Brendan TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:09:06
40 141 USA19711023 HORNER Christopher AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:09:06
41 34 AUS19910823 PHELAN Adam DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:09:06
42 127 CRC19880421 BRENES OBANDO Gregory JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:09:06
43 63 COL19881124 CASTIBLANCO CUBIDES Jorge Camilo COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
44 36 AUS19891028 ROE Timothy DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:09:06
45 22 LUX19800415 SCHLECK Frank TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 5:09:06
46 145 USA19911106 EASTER Griffin AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:09:06
47 21 USA19850509 BUSCHE Matthew TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 5:09:06
48 2 USA19910512 DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG 5:09:06
49 96 CAN19840922 BRITTON Rob TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:09:06
50 42 IRL19850607 BRAMMEIER Matt MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:09:06
51 72 ITA19900304 BARBIN Enrico BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:09:06
52 85 USA19900401 SQUIRE Robbie HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:06
53 136 USA19910824 MANNION Gavin JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:06
54 138 USA19870331 SHELDON Taylor JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:06
55 73 ITA19870311 PIRAZZI Stefano BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:09:06
56 33 AUS19870121 NORRIS Lachlan DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:09:06
57 114 NZL19930617 * ORAM James AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:06
58 77 ITA19920716 * CHIRICO Luca BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:09:06
59 51 SLO19831218 BRAJKOVIC Janez UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:06
60 86 USA19900715 BRENNAN Mackenzie HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:06
61 83 USA19891030 HORNBECK John HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:06
62 146 MEX19940420 * MEDINA Gerardo AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:09:06
63 104 CAN19861012 WOODS Michael OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:09:06
64 133 MDA19880305 BRAICO Alexandr JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:06
65 92 MEX19900126 DE LUNA Flavio TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:09:06
66 25 ITA19931225 * BASSO Leonardo TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 5:09:06
67 62 COL19830313 CANO ARDILA Alex COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
68 23 FRA19920317 * BERNARD Julian TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 5:09:06
69 126 USA19890109 MILLER Carson JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:09:06
70 7 NED19910727 BOVENHUIS Jasper TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG 5:09:06
71 64 COL19960425 * MARTÍNEZ Daniel COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
72 66 COL19941026 * RAMIREZ BOTERO Carlos Mario COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06 1
73 68 COL19870328 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA José Cayetano COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
74 95 USA19880216 BUTLER Chris TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:09:06
75 93 CAN19821114 BELL Zachary TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:09:06
76 37 AUS19920416 * SPOKES Samuel DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:09:06
77 123 USA19780922 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:09:06
78 5 USA19830131 KING Edward TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG 5:09:06
79 43 AUS19861105 GOSS Matthew Harley MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:09:06
80 131 AUS19920102 * MORTON Lachlan David JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:06
81 142 MEX19920421 * LEMUS DAVILA Luis Enrique AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:09:06
82 132 AUS19890711 MORTON Angus JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:06
83 125 USA19911104 LEECE Stephen JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:09:06
84 47 RSA19860412 THOMSON Jay Robert MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:09:06
85 151 AUS19890213 TALBOT Brodie TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:09:06
86 153 AUS19890713 BOBRIDGE Jack TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:09:06
87 56 USA19890213 SUMMERHILL Daniel UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:06
88 115 USA19931107 * PUTT Chris AXEON CYCLING TEAM BDT 5:09:06
89 13 SUI19940126 * FRANKINY Kilian BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:09:06
90 67 COL19811127 PEDRAZA MORALES Walter Fernando COLOMBIA COL 5:09:06
91 26 AUS19930106 * WATSON Calvin TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 5:09:35 0:00:33
92 158 AUS19870602 ANDERSON Jack TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:09:41 0:00:39
93 148 USA19871027 EASTER Cullen AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:09:53 0:00:51
94 122 ARG19910125 TRILLINI Walter Gaston JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:09:53
95 135 USA19900622 FISHER Steve JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:53
96 101 USA19850612 ANTHONY Jesse OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:09:53
97 106 USA19770529 ZWIZANSKI Scott OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:09:53
98 82 USA19890220 CLARK Oscar HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:09:53
99 137 USA19880209 SLACK Erik JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS JBC 5:09:53
100 55 AUS19841218 CLARKE Jonathan UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:09:53
101 98 USA19900129 ORONTE Emerson TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:10:09 0:01:07 2
102 76 ITA19930830 * ANDREETTA Simone BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:10:39 0:01:37
103 17 USA19870808 STETINA Peter BMC RACING TEAM BMC 5:11:57 0:02:55
104 107 USA19860128 GAIMON Phillip OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:09:06 0:00:04
105 124 USA19880619 WILLIAMS David JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN p/b SUTTER HOME JHB 5:13:10 0:04:08 3
106 53 USA19790806 JONES Christopher UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM UHC 5:13:10
107 156 AUS19900905 BERRY Josh TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:13:10
108 88 USA19900303 SCHMALZ Joseph HINCAPIE RACING TEAM HSD 5:13:10 2
109 97 USA19880515 KYER Julian TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 5:13:10
110 44 RSA19900917 JIM Songezo MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:13:10
111 45 RWA19870102 NIYONSHUTI Adrien MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG MTN 5:13:10
112 35 AUS19890104 RUDOLPH Malcom DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:23:03 0:14:01
113 31 AUS19790409 BROWN Graeme DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 5:23:03
114 78 ITA19920210 * MANFREDI Andrea BARDIANI CSF BAR 5:23:03
115 147 USA19910717 GOTTLIEB Kevin AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:23:03
116 154 AUS19830121 NANKERVIS Tommy TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:26:56 0:17:54
117 102 USA19830820 SOLADAY Thomas OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:26:56 20
118 103 USA19790205 HUFF Charles Bradley OPTUM p/b KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 5:26:56
119 152 AUS19890614 O'SHEA Glenn TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:26:56
120 157 NZL19870412 TORCKLER Michael TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS BFL 5:26:56
121 144 USA19940716 * MAUCH Justin AIRGAS SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM AIR 5:26:56
The following competitors were signed out from the race:
UCI Code Rider Team Team Reason
1 USA19780313 DANIELSON Thomas TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN TCG Not signed in
Number of not started: 1
Number of starters: 121
Number remaining: 121
Riders after time limit: —
Riders dropping out: —
Last calculated: 3-08, 15.06 (Mountain Daylight Time)
Classification software: StageRace 2005 software — www.stagerace.com

 

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