Rory Sutherland Wins Opening Stage of the 2012 Tour of Utah

The Tour of Utah Peloton on Stage 1 of the 2012 edition. Photo: Steven Sheffield.

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By Jared Eborn

 

OGDEN – The only thing hotter than the temperatures for Stage One of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah might have been the action on the roads.

 

With the thermometer slipping past the 100-degree mark by the time the 131-mile race ended, the 129-rider field was greeted to the 2012 edition of ‘America’s Toughest Stage Race’ with yet another epic instrument of suffering.

 

And by the time all was said and done, UnitedHealthCare’s Rory Sutherland blew past a lead group of 40 strong riders to take the victory on Ogden’s Historic 25th Street.

 

“It’s been six years of trying to do it and it finally worked,” said Sutherland, describing his team’s long-awaited trip to the top step of a podium in an American UCI-sanctioned race. “The first day of the tour, we managed get the yellow jersey and a stage win. Everything else from here on is a bonus, so we can try and enjoy this tour more than normal.”

 

Liquigas-Cannondale’s Damiano Caruso was second with BMC’s Brent Bookwalter close behind in third.

 

Sutherland’s burst of speed came after one long day of work. Stage One began in Ogden and returned after a loop through the Ogden Valley, the Morgan Valley and East Canyon with a quick trip down to Henefer for good measure.

 

After a few uneventful attempts to establish a breakaway, a group of four riders finally escaped and worked on building a gap as the peloton approached Trapper’s Loop for the first time. Ben Jaques-Maynes (Bissell), David Williams (Competitive Cyclist), Caleb Fairley (Spidertech p/b C10) and Eduard Beltran (EPM-UNE) sped off into the distance while the peloton braced itself for the remainder of the week’s work. After Champion System’s Willliam Clarke bridged the gap to make it a five-man break, the lead stretched to more than 10 minutes as they rolled past East Canyon Reservoir.

 

Paced by the Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek and Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda teams, the peloton rallied to bring the breakaway riders back over the final 60 miles of the stage. Though Jesse Anthony, the 2011 winner in Ogden’s Tour of Utah stage, had left the group and bridged to make it a six-man break, the chase group of 100-plus riders was too strong for the breakaway to succeed. After the catch was made on the ascent of the North Ogden Divide, a group of 40 pulled away from the field and fired off attack after attack as the finish line approached.

 

Utah favorite Dave Zabriskie nearly made his solo attack stick as he bolted from the field with 5K to go and built a 10-15 second advantage, only to be pulled back in with a little more than three kilometers left to race.

Sutherland patiently waited until the race entered downtown Ogden and worked his way to the front of the group as they swept through a trio of 90-degree turns in the final kilometer. Sitting in third wheel and without his customary leadout train coming out of the final turn, Sutherland said he waited a few seconds to pick his line and sprung his attack at just the right moment, winning the race pulling away.

 

“To get that (the win), at altitude, in hot temperatures, is a pretty hard way to start the Tour. The last climb was definitely hard, especially after how far we had already ridden,” said Sutherland, who lives and trains in Colorado. He recently won the 2012 Tour of the Gila in New Mexico and Tour de Beauce in Quebec. “I’ve been trying to win one of these for six years in the U.S. and finally had the abilities to get one done. So this is huge for me and for my team.”

 

The 10-second time bonus gives Sutherland a 4-second edge over Caruso and 6-second lead over Bookwalter. The bulk of the 40-man lead group finished safely together and has a 10-second gap to make up for a shot at the yellow jersey.

 

“The final 20 kilometers were pretty chaotic,” said Bookwalter “You have a climb like, that close to the finish and you just try to make it over the climb … and survive.”

 

Jaques-Maynes took advantage of his time in the breakaway to win the Ski Utah King of the Mountains jersey. Bontrager-Livestrong’s Lawson Craddock (USA) captured the Subaru Best Young Rider (under 23) and today’s second-place finisher Caruso will wear the XO Communications Sprint jersey.

 

Skyline High grad Connor O’Leary (Bontrager Livestrong) was the highest placed Utah-based athlete to finish Stage One, 4:45 behind the leaders.  He was awarded the Miller Light Best Utah Rider jersey.

 

Two-time defending Tour of Utah champion Levi Leipheimer, along with 2009 Tour of Utah winner Francisco Mancebo, 2012 Olympian Chris Horner and Dave Zabriskie all finished safely in the pack of 40 riders behind Sutherland.

 

Stage Two, rare team time trial, will be held Wednesday at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele. The 13.5-mile course is a three-lap race against the clock on the fast and flat race track west of Salt Lake City. Teams will race together in a tight formation with the team’s time being that of the fifth rider to cross the finish line. Racing begins at 12:45 p.m. and will wrap up at approximately 3:45 p.m.

 

Stage 1 Results:

 

Position No. UCI Code Rider Team Team Time Gap Bonuses Penalty
1 91 AUS19820208 SUTHERLAND Rory UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:25:41 0:00:00 10
2 53 ITA19871012 CARUSO Damiano Liquigas-Cannondale LIQ 5:25:41 0:00:00 6
3 21 USA19840216 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00 4
4 153 USA19920220 CRADDOCK Lawson Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:25:41 0:00:00
5 72 CZE19871115 KOENIG Leopold Team NetApp APP 5:25:41 0:00:00
6 24 SUI19860929 SCHÄR Michael BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00
7 16 USA19760522 VANDEVELDE Christian Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:25:41 0:00:00
8 22 SUI19861209 FRANK Mathias BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00
9 111 USA19751015 BALDWIN Christopher Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:25:41 0:00:00
10 23 ITA19840430 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00
11 83 USA19831205 EUSER Lucas Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:25:41 0:00:00
12 132 USA19730501 BAJADALI Andrew Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:25:41 0:00:00
13 84 USA19870219 FAIRLY Caleb Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:25:41 0:00:00
14 121 ESP19760309 MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:25:41 0:00:00
15 82 MEX19900126 DE LUNA Flavio Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:25:41 0:00:00
16 27 SUI19880927 FLUECKIGER Mathias BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00
17 124 USA19861205 JENKINS Max Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:25:41 0:00:00
18 31 USA19711023 HORNER Christopher Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:25:41 0:00:00
19 32 NZL19900407 BENNETT George Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:25:41 0:00:00
20 33 USA19850509 BUSCHE Matthew Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:25:41 0:00:00
21 117 USA19880515 KYER Julian Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:25:41 0:00:00
22 163 COL19800513 COLORADO HERNANDEZ Francisco Jarley EPM-UNE EPM 5:25:41 0:00:00
23 96 AUS19781211 DAY Benjamin UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:25:41 0:00:00
24 1 USA19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi Omega Pharma-QuickStep OPQ 5:25:41 0:00:00
25 102 USA19880216 BUTLER Chris Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:25:41 0:00:00
26 151 NZL19920628 ATKINS Joshua Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:25:41 0:00:00
27 15 USA19870808 STETINA Peter Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:25:41 0:00:00
28 93 IRL19830907 DEIGNAN Philip UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:25:41 0:00:00
29 162 COL19881124 CASTIBLANCO CUBIDES Jorge Camilo EPM-UNE EPM 5:25:41 0:00:00
30 41 NED19910325 KELDERMAN Wilco Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:25:41 0:00:00
31 11 USA19780313 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:25:41 0:00:00
32 51 USA19821114 DUGGAN Timothy Liquigas-Cannondale LIQ 5:25:41 0:00:00
33 134 USA19810108 CREED Michael Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:25:41 0:00:00
34 143 USA19790805 COOKE Mathew Team Exergy XRG 5:25:41 0:00:00
35 152 USA19910207 BOSWELL Ian Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:25:41 0:00:00
36 26 USA19900628 WARBASSE Lawrence BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00
37 25 SUI19820701 TSCHOPP Johann BMC Racing Team BMC 5:25:41 0:00:00
38 43 NED19870607 KRUIJSWIJK Steven Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:25:41 0:00:00
39 17 USA19790112 ZABRISKIE David Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:25:41 0:00:00
40 154 USA19910512 DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:25:41 0:00:00
41 131 USA19850612 ANTHONY Jesse Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:26:52 0:01:11
42 133 USA19750226 CANDELARIO Alexander Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:26:52
43 165 COL 1988081 OYOLA OYOLA Robigzon Leandro EPM-UNE EPM 5:26:52
44 75 SUI19860625 WYSS Marcel Team NetApp APP 5:26:52
45 114 USA19890227 JONES Carter Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:26:52
46 127 USA19750123 OLHEISER Mike Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:26:52
47 141 USA19730903 RODRIGUEZ Fred Team Exergy XRG 5:26:52
48 47 NED19901130 GOOS Marc Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:26:52
49 166 COL19820604 PIAMONTE RODRIGUEZ Freddy Orlando EPM-UNE EPM 5:26:52
50 167 COL19900118 BELTRAN SUAREZ Eduard Alexander EPM-UNE EPM 5:26:52
51 107 AUS19830803 WURF Cameron Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:26:52
52 88 DEN19811204 VANDBORG Brian Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:26:52
53 86 CAN19830110 ROTH Ryan Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:26:52
54 161 COL19840828 INFANTINO ABREU Rafael EPM-UNE EPM 5:26:57 0:01:16
55 2 SVK19850221 VELITS Martin Omega Pharma-QuickStep OPQ 5:30:16 0:04:35
56 3 SVK19850221 VELITS Peter Omega Pharma-QuickStep OPQ 5:30:16
57 62 NED19880927 VAN ZANDBEEK Ronan Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:30:16
58 142 COL19840120 DIAZ CORRALES Andres Team Exergy XRG 5:30:16
59 34 USA19890322 KING Benjamin Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:30:16
60 54 USA19830131 KING Edward Liquigas-Cannondale LIQ 5:30:16
61 156 USA19910618 O’LEARY Connor Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:30:16
62 52 ITA19850106 AGNOLI Valerio Liquigas-Cannondale LIQ 5:30:16
63 55 ITA19801210 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo Liquigas-Cannondale LIQ 5:30:16
64 46 NED19890701 SLAGTER Tom Jelte Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:30:16
65 36 AUT19821223 ROHREGGER Thomas Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:30:16
66 113 USA19780922 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:30:16
67 126 USA19870331 SHELDON Taylor Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:30:16
68 118 USA19900303 SCHMALZ Joseph Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:30:16
69 147 MDA19881229 TVETCOV Serghei Team Exergy XRG 5:30:16
70 76 SUI19821015 DIETZIKER Andreas Team NetApp APP 5:30:16
71 81 CAN19900428 BOILY David Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:30:16
72 66 FRA19810929 SPRICK Matthieu Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:30:16
73 155 USA19910824 MANNION Gavin Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:30:16
74 101 USA19850110 LEWIS Craig Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:30:16
75 14 USA19910313 RATHE Jacob Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:30:16
76 157 NZL19930617 ORAM James Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:30:16
77 85 CAN19900927 HOULE Hugo Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:30:16
78 138 USA19770529 ZWIZANSKI Scott Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:30:16
79 77 SUI19850822 HOLLENSTEIN Reto Team NetApp APP 5:30:16
80 87 CAN19830523 ROUTLEY Will Team Spidertech p/b C10 SPI 5:30:16
81 137 CAN19871002 SALAS Sebastian Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:30:16
82 97 USA19790806 JONES Christopher UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:30:16
83 98 USA19771208 LOUDER Jeffry UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:30:16
84 168 COL19911016 GOMEZ PINEDA Javier Eduardo EPM-UNE EPM 5:32:25 0:06:44
85 136 USA19760522 MUMFORD Reid Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:32:25
86 74 ITA19870803 BENEDETTI Cesare Team NetApp APP 5:32:25
87 64 FRA19840502 HUGUET Yann Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:32:25
88 45 AUS19900926 MATTHEWS Michael Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:32:37 0:06:56
89 148 USA19830704 JOHNSON Sam Team Exergy XRG 5:34:01 0:08:20
90 145 USA19850103 SCHMITT Morgan Team Exergy XRG 5:34:01
91 73 GER19830713 SCHILLINGER Andreas Team NetApp APP 5:34:01
92 5 BEL19880814 HOORNE Jeroen Omega Pharma-QuickStep OPQ 5:34:01
93 94 GER19780127 FORSTER Robert UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:34:01
94 42 NED19890908 BOL Jetse Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:34:50 0:09:09
95 128 USA19861209 BURNETT Ian Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:34:50
96 144 SUI19891006 GIANETTI Noe Team Exergy XRG 5:34:50
97 95 USA19870618 KEOUGH Jacobe UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:34:50
98 125 USA19880619 WILLIAMS David Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:34:50
99 38 SUI19810509 ZAUGG Oliver Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:34:50
100 122 AUS19830121 NANKERVIS Tommy Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:34:50
101 158 BEL19920417 STUYVEN Jasper Bontrager Livestrong Team BLS 5:34:50
102 108 CHN19840128 XU Gang Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:34:50
103 61 GER19870407 GRETSCH Patrick Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:34:50
104 35 NED19810308 POSTHUMA Joost Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:34:50
105 146 USA19870525 CARLSEN Kirk Team Exergy XRG 5:34:50
106 71 POL19801027 HUZARSKI Bartosz Team NetApp APP 5:34:50
107 44 NED19851226 LEEZER Thomas Rabobank Cycling Team RAB 5:34:50
108 63 NED19850515 STAMSNIJDER Tom Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:34:50
109 65 FRA19890510 BONNIN Thomas Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:34:50
110 56 ITA19880106 BENFATTO Marco Liquigas-Cannondale LIQ 5:34:50
111 112 NZL19801006 VENNELL Jeremy Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:34:50
112 116 USA19901029 VANIAS Alex Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:34:50
113 106 GER19840817 FRIEDMANN Matthias Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:34:50
114 12 USA19840602 FARRAR Tyler Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:34:50
115 67 GER19861031 KLEMME Dominic Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:34:50
116 68 SWE19900216 AHLSTRAND Jonas Team Argos-Shimano ARG 5:34:50
117 13 AUS19890312 HAAS Nathan Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:34:50
118 18 USA19880101 HOWES Alex Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda GRS 5:34:50
119 4 IRL19850607 BRAMMEIER Matt Omega Pharma-QuickStep OPQ 5:34:50
120 92 AUS19790711 CLARKE Hilton UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team UHC 5:34:50
121 135 CAN19850822 COOPER Marsh Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies OPT 5:34:50
122 123 NED19831212 RABOU Thomas Competitive Cyclist Racing Team RCC 5:34:50
123 104 CHN19860213 JIAO Pengda Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:39:25 0:13:44
124 105 CHN19880315 LIU Biao Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:40:46 0:15:05
125 6 ITA19801127 CHICCHI Francesco Omega Pharma-QuickStep OPQ 5:41:52 0:16:11
126 164 COL19870317 RINCON DIAZ Ramiro EPM-UNE EPM 5:41:52
127 103 AUS19850411 CLARKE William Champion System Pro Cycling Team CSS 5:41:52 10
128 115 USA19880607 BARTON Chris Bissell Pro Cycling BPC 5:44:42 0:19:01
129 37 GER19710917 VOIGT Jens Radioshack-Nissan-Trek RNT 5:44:42
 Number of not started: 0
 Number of starters: 129
 Number remaining: 129
 Riders after time limit: —
 Riders dropping out: —
 Last calculated: 7-08, 17.01 (Mountain Daylight Time)
 Classification software: StageRace 2005 software  —  www.stagerace.com
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