Three Former Champions Among Rosters Announced for 2019 Tour of Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (July 31, 2019) – Preliminary rosters have been announced for the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, as 17 teams, featuring a total of 117 athletes from 24 countries, are expected to battle across 477 miles of northern Utah roads. The weeklong stage race begins Monday, Aug. 12 at Snowbird Resort with a Prologue time trial, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 18 in Park City. Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the Tour of Utah features 37,882 feet of elevation gain over the seven day competition.

The peloton. 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1, August 7, 2018, Cedar City, Utah. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.net

The UCI 2.HC-sanctioned stage race boasts an all-star field composed of national champions, Grand Tour veterans and Tour of Utah winners. A total of 22 athletes have proven themselves as national champions in road racing disciplines. Seventeen athletes have competed in one or more of the three-week Grand Tours of professional cycling — the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia or Vuelta a España. Eight of these riders raced at this year’s Giro, including 24-year-old Italian Giulio Ciccone of Trek-Segafredo, who captured a Stage 16 victory and claimed the King of the Mountain (KOM) classification title. Ciccone also held the yellow jersey at the 2019 Tour de France for two days after finishing second on the mountainous Stage 6 to La Planche des Belles Filles.

Ten riders have accounted for 18 stage wins and nine classification titles at the Tour of Utah since 2011, the year the event was first sanctioned internationally by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Among the Tour of Utah alumni are three General Classification (G.C.) champions with 2015 winner Joe Dombrowski (USA) and 2016 winner Lachlan Morton (Australia), both currently racing with EF Education First; along with 2017 winner Rob Britton (Canada) currently racing for Rally UHC Cycling.

The field of riders also includes two Utah natives. Taylor “TJ” Eisenhart of Arapahoe-Hincapie powered by BMC returns for a fourth time. His best finish in the Tour of Utah was seventh overall in 2016. The Lehi native finished 20th on G.C. last year. Park City's Tanner Putt returns to the Tour of Utah for a fifth time after a two-year absence, last racing in his home state in 2016 with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling. Putt had a top-10 finish on Stage 1 of that year's event.

“The Tour of Utah is a world-class sporting event as evident by the impressive field of riders from 24 countries,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Tour of Utah. “The resumé of the peloton includes former Tour of Utah overall champions and stage winners, road racing national champions and riders who have competed internationally in the Grand Tours of professional cycling. Fresh off the finish of the Tour de France, we are poised to host an exciting, highly-competitive cycling event in scenic Utah.”

2019 TOUR OF UTAH TEAMS:

  • 303 Project (USA)
  • Arapahoe-Hincapie powered by BMC (USA)
  • Aevolo (USA)
  • Canel’s-Specialized (Mexico)
  • Dauner-AKKON (Germany)
  • DC Bank Pro Cycling Team (Canada)
  • EF Education First (USA)
  • Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Hagens Berman-Axeon (USA)
  • Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
  • Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (Italy)
  • NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè (Italy)
  • Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)
  • Team BridgeLane (Australia)
  • Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis (USA)
  • Worthy Pro Cycling (Canada)

ROSTER HIGHLIGHTS:

UCI WorldTeams

EF Education First features two past Tour of Utah champions Dombrowski and Morton among a stacked seven-rider roster. Past Tour of Utah standouts include Americans Alex Howes, the Best Young Rider at the 2009 Tour of Utah and reigning U.S. Pro Road Race national champion, and Tejay van Garderen, a two-time stage winner including last year’s Prologue in St. George. Van Garderen, who turns 31 on August 12, will be looking to celebrate his birthday with another Prologue win. Dani Martínez, the reigning individual time trial (ITT) champion of Colombia, was the Best Young Rider at the 2015 Tour of Utah, competing for Team Colombia.

Trek-Segafredo brings a total of six riders, led by the Italian Giulio Ciccone. Ciccone scored a Stage 6 win at Snowbird Resort at the 2017 Tour of Utah, finishing sixth in the G.C. that year. Supporting Ciccone will be Americans Kiel Reijnen (USA) and Peter Stetina. Reijnen is a two-time stage winner in Utah and finished third on Stage 4 in Salt Lake City in 2018. Stetina rode to a third-place finish on Stage 5 last year, vaulting him to 10th on G.C.

UCI Pro Continental Teams

Rally UHC Cycling is led by 2017 winner Rob Britton. All seven riders have past experience in Utah, including Americans Gavin Mannion and Ty Magner. Mannion, riding for UnitedHealthcare, finished second overall at the Tour of Utah in 2017, while Magner, representing Holowesko-Citadel, captured the Stage 1 victory that same year.

Israel Cycling Academy returns to Utah for a third year. Former Colombian Road Race champion Edwin Avila Vanegas is a featured climber, who grabbed two third-place finishes at the 2018 Tour of Utah. All-rounder Ben Hermans of Belgium finished second overall at last year’s Tour of Utah, as well as fourth overall in 2014 when he was racing for BMC Racing Team. Reigning ITT champion of Israel, Guy Niv, is one of two riders fresh off the Giro d’Italia.

Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM will be racing in Utah for the first time. On its seven-rider roster are several riders with Grand Tour experience, including Italian Edoardo Zardini. Finishing fourth on G.C. at this year’s Tour of Hungary, he previously raced at the 2015 Tour of Utah for Bardiani-CSF. A 2017 Utah alumnus is Italian Simone Velasco, who captured a big win at the one-day UCI Trofeo Laigueglia in Italy. Colombian Dayer Quintana, the younger brother of Giro and Vuelta champion Nairo Quintana, moved from the Movistar Team to the Neri Sottoli squad this season. He finished seventh on G.C. at the 2019 Giro di Sicilia.

Hagens Berman-Axeon will be led by 21-year-old João Almeida of Portugal. He is the reigning Under-23 national champion in both the road race and ITT. The team also features the youngest rider in this year’s race, 19-year-old American Kevin Vermaerke. Coming off a 2018 season where he finished eighth overall in the men’s Junior Road Race world championships, he took the U23 crown at this year’s prestigious Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè brings two Italian riders who have had previous success in Utah. Marco Canola, who had two Top 10 finishes at the Giro d’Italia this year, was a stage winner in Salt Lake City in 2017. His teammate, Ivan Santaromita, who also raced the Giro in May, finished 18th on G.C. at the 2017 Tour of Utah. Sho Hatsuyama, a former road race champion of Japan, returns to Utah for a second time.

UCI Continental Teams

Worthy Pro Cycling, which raced three times in Utah as Silber Pro Cycling, features American sprinter Travis McCabe, who captured two stage victories in Utah in 2019. He has earned the most hardware from the Tour of Utah since 2016, with a total of four stage wins and two overall Sprint titles. He also is the reigning U.S. Pro Criterium national champion. Among his teammates who have finished high in the G.C. at Utah are Serghei Tvetcov (Romania), third overall in 2017 with Jelly Belly and 14th overall in 2018 with UHC; Jonny Clarke (Australia), seventh overall in 2017 with UHC; and Keegan Swirbul (USA), seventh overall in 2018 with Jelly Belly.

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling is led by Canadian James Piccoli, who won this year’s G.C. title at the Tour of the Gila. He finished 10th overall at the 2017 Tour of Utah. American Eric Young, who took the silver medal at this year’s U.S. Pro Criterium championships, has won two stages in Utah (2014, 15). Mexican riders Ulises Castillo and Alfredo Rodriguez have both earned podium spots in Utah. Castillo finished second on Stage 1 in 2018, and second overall in the Sprint classification. Rodriguez finished second on Stage 4 in 2017.

Canel’s-Specialized, the only Mexican squad with a Continental license, makes its inaugural appearance in Utah. The team will be led by Óscar Eduardo Sánchez Guarin, who won the KOM title at the 2019 Tour de Beauce. The team also features several national champions representing Mexico, including the reigning Road Race national champion Ignacio Prado Juarez. He also finished second in the ITT championship.

Aevolo has the youngest roster in Utah, with the average age of 19.7 years for its seven riders. Only one rider, 21-year-old American Alex Hoehn, has previously raced in Utah. In the Best Young Rider classification, he finished fourth in 2017 and 2018. Last year, racing as the U23 Road Race national champion, he finished 17th in the G.C. American teammate Cade Bickmore won a 2019 U.S. Collegiate Varsity national title in the road race for Marian University. Nineteen-year-old Gabriel Francisco is the reigning U23 ITT champion of Costa Rica.

Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis, previously known as Jelly Belly Pro Cyclign, is the longest-running professional bicycle racing team in the U.S. Competing for a seventh time in Utah, the team features an All-American roster. The lone rider with Tour of Utah experience is Stephen Bassett, who rode previously for Jamis and Silber pro teams. This year, Bassett won the G.C. and KOM titles at the Joe Martin Stage Race and took the silver medal at the U.S. Pro Road Race championship in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. He will be joined by Samuel Boardman, who placed third on G.C. at the 2019 San Dimas Stage Race, and Quinten Kirby, who won a silver medal at 2018 U.S. U23 Criterium championships.

Arapahoe-Hincapie powered by BMC features the two Utahns, Eisenhart and Putt. American Brendan Rhim took the G.C. crown and Sprint classification title at the 2019 Tour de Beauce, and was sixth overall at the 2019 U.S. Pro Road Race championship. Former Latvian ITT champion Andzs Flaksis finished third this year in his country’s Road Race championship.

Team BridgeLane returns for a second year, featuring seven riders from Australia and New Zealand. Only Hayden McCormick has seen action in Utah riding with One Pro Cycling in 2016. He won the bronze medal at this year’s New Zealand ITT championships, and was sixth in the road race event. Teammate Chris Harper, who took second in the 2019 Australian Road Race championship, captured G.C. titles this year at the Tour of Japan and Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc.

303 Project returns with six of its seven riders having experience at the Tour of Utah. South African Johann van Zyl was third in the KOM classification in 2015 racing for MTN-Qhubeka. Flavio de Luna, a former Mexican ITT champion, finished 19th overall at the 2015 Tour of Utah for Team Smartstop.

DC Bank Pro Cycling Team makes its first appearance in Utah. Former U.S. Pro Road Race champion Greg Daniel won the KOM classification at the 2015 Tour of Utah while riding for Axeon-Hagens Berman. At the 2017 Tour of Utah, Eder Frayre of Mexico finished 17th on G.C. riding for Elevate-KHS. This year, American Matthew Zimmer has been on form with second overall at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay and fourth overall at the Joe Martin Stage Race.

Dauner-AKKON also makes its debut at the Tour of Utah. Six of the seven riders are from Germany, including 36-year-old veteran Philipp Mamos, the oldest rider in the Tour. The other five German riders are 23 years old and younger, led by Dominik Bauer, who was fourth in the 2019 U23 Road Race national championships. The lone American is 26 year-old Oliver Flautt, who won the AutoBahn Country Club Road Race at the 2018 Intelligentsia Cup.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. It remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. The Tour is also part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (@tourofutah), Instagram (@thetourofutah) and YouTube (Tour of Utah).

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