Evans Wins Empire Pass Stage of 2014 Tour of Utah; Danielson Repeats as Overall Champion; Report, Results, Photos, Video

By Jared Eborn

August 10, 2014 – PARK CITY, Utah – Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson fended off all challengers and climbed his way to a second straight Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah championship.

The breakaway is shown here on the Wolf Creek Pass Climb and featured Park City local Tanner Putt (center, Bissell). They were caught near the base of the Empire Pass climb. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com
The breakaway is shown here on the Wolf Creek Pass Climb and featured Park City local Tanner Putt (center, Bissell). They were caught near the base of the Empire Pass climb. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com

Cadel Evans, the Australian 2011 Tour de France champion for BMC Racing Team, used a thrilling descent from Empire Pass into Park City to win Stage 7 presented by VLCM and Barracuda Networks. Evans, who was the winner of Saturday’s Queen Stage at Snowbird, charged ahead of Danielson, Lampre-Merida’s Chris Horner (USA) and Winner Anacona (COL) and Belkin-Pro Cycling’s Wilco Kelderman (BEL) into Park City to take his second Tour of Utah stage win in as many days.

 

Danielson rode a tactically strong race, marking his closest opponents and responding to each attack. Danielson finished fifth on Stage 7 and lost only five seconds of the 57 second lead he held entering the final day of the Tour of Utah.

 

“I knew I had good form. Coming in,” Danielson said, “I put my hand up and said ‘I want to win this race.’ “

 

Danielson completed the seven stages of ‘America’s Toughest Stage Race’ in 30 hours, 18 minutes and four seconds. Horner and Anacona rounded out the overall podium 52 seconds and 1:43 back, respectively.

Video of final 13 minutes of the stage:

The Stage 7 win was not necessarily in the game plan for Evans.

The peloton on the Wolf Creek Pass climb. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com
The peloton on the Wolf Creek Pass climb. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com

 

“Today was a surprise, actually,” Evans said. “After yesterday’s effort, I didn’t have too high of expectations for myself.”

 

Evans summited Empire Pass with Carter Jones (Optum) in full sprint. After 2 switchbacks, Evans dropped Jones on the descent and rocketed down the 50-60 mph descent to catch the yellow jersey quartet at the front. Evans descended with them until the last corner, when he took a wide and fast far outside-inside line, carrying far more speed than the others, and held it to the line for his second win in two days.

 

Evans finished sixth overall, 2:14 back. Ivan Basso (ITA) of Team Cannondale finished 42nd overall at 58:59 back while Trek Factory Racing’s Jens Voigt crossed the finish line 1:00:50 back and 45th overall.

 

Tanner Putt (Park City, Bissell) was part of an early breakaway that lasted to the base of the Empire Pass Climb. Putt rolled over the Wolf Creek Pass KOM in first to take a few KOM points, and add a few dollars to the Bissell Team’s prize money. Putt also pleased the crowd on Empire Pass by riding a wheelie over the top.

 

Another view of the peloton on the Wolf Creek Pass climb. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com
Another view of the peloton on the Wolf Creek Pass climb. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com

The Empire Pass caused some shuffling in the Top 10 overall as Anacona’s ride moved him one spot up in the overall standings ahead of BMC Racing Team’s Ben Hermans (BEL) and onto the final overall podium. Drapac Pro Cycling’s Lachlan Norris (AUS) slipping into 10th with a strong Stage 7 ride.

 

Belkin’s Moreno Hofland (NED), the winner of Stage 1 and Stage 3, pulled out of the race during Stage 4. BMC’s Michael Schar (SUI) took the Stage 2 win in Torrey. Danielson took control during Stage 4 at Powder Mountain and Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Eric Young (USA) sprinted to victory in Kamas during Stage 5.

 

Team SmartStop p/b CyLance’s Jure Kocjan (SLO), who finished second in three stages, won the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. Hincapie Sportswear Development’s Joey Rosskopf (USA) used three strong mountain rides to win the Ski Utah King of the Mountain jersey while BMC’s Dylan Teuns (BEL) was named the Subaru Best Young Rider. Anacona’s strong effort supporting Horner earned the Colombian the Stage 7 Vivint Most Aggressive Rider jersey.

 

With three riders in the overall top 13, Lampre-Merida took the Washakie Renewable Energy best team award.

 

The Tour of Utah had four Utahns in the race with Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home’s Robbie Squire placed best at 21st overall, 14:50 back. Park City’s Tanner Putt, the two-time U23 USA champion, spent time in the Best Young Rider jersey and was part of several breakaways. Putt finished 35th overall, 50:57 back. Chris Putt, Tanner’s younger brother, was 58th at 1:12:59 back while local favorite Jeff Louder, United Healthcare, finished his final Tour of Utah in 75th, 1:27:35 behind.

 

The 2014 Tour of Utah reached new heights, went to record lengths and set numerous milestones. The 10th edition of the race traveled 753.8 miles, climbed 57,863 feet and stretched from Cedar City and Torrey in the south to Powder Mountain and Evanston, Wyoming on the north. With three UCI Grand Tour champions – Basso, Evans and Horner – in the field, the Tour of Utah was as competitive as ever as it lived up to its moniker as America’s Toughest Stage Race.

 

Tom Danielson rolls across the finish line in fifth place on the day, but in first place overall. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com
Tom Danielson rolls across the finish line in fifth place on the day, but in first place overall. Photo by Dave Richards, daverphoto.com

Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, said the race is growing as expected and the 2015 edition will be held from August 3-9 and new additions to the route are already on the drawing board.

 

“Our goal is to elevate the level of competitiveness,” Miller said. “This year we reached an all-time high and we want to continue to improve.”

Complete Stage 7 Results:

7 Stage
 America's Toughest Stage Race
 Organiser: Utah Cycling Partnership Inc.
 Stage: August 10, 2014
 Arrival classification: Stage 7 – Park City to Park City pb VLCM Barracuda
 Average speed of winner: 39.452 km/h<BR>24.514 mph
 Distance: 125,5km<BR>77,982m/(1087,4km &#151  1212,9km)<BR>(675,67m &#151  753,66m)
 Time of winner: 3.10'52”
 Commencement: 12:20 PM
Position Rider Team Team Time Gap Bonuses
1 21 EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:10:52 0:00:00 10
2 51 KELDERMAN Wilco BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 3:10:52 0:00:00 6
3 12 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:10:52 0:00:00 4
4 11 HORNER Christopher LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:10:52 0:00:00
5 1 DANIELSON Thomas TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 3:10:57 0:00:05
6 91 JONES Carter OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 3:11:02 0:00:10
7 24 HERMANS Ben BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:11:17 0:00:25
8 42 BENNETT  George CANNONDALE CAN 3:11:17
9 74 NORRIS Lachlan DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 3:11:17
10 23 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:11:17
11 28 TEUNS Dylan * BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:11:17
12 124 DINIZ CORREIA Alex FUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS FUN 3:11:17
13 15 KOSHEVOY Ilia LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:11:34 0:00:42
14 101 TVETCOV Serghei JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS JBC 3:12:53 0:02:01
15 31 BUSCHE Matthew TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:12:53
16 36 CHEVRIER Clement * TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:12:53
17 148 BRITTON Rob TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 3:12:53
18 137 BUTLER Christopher HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:12:53
19 26 WYSS Danilo BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:14:06 0:03:14
20 35 ZOIDL Riccardo TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:14:07 0:03:15
21 111 JARAMILLO DIEZ Daniel Alexander JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH 3:14:11 0:03:19
22 61 EUSER Lucas UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC 3:14:11
23 133 CARPENTER Robin * HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:16:22 0:05:30
24 132 ROSSKOPF Joseph HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:16:22
25 138 SCHMALZ Joseph HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:16:22
26 116 SQUIRE Robbie JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH 3:16:50 0:05:58
27 144 DE LUNA Flavio TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 3:17:04 0:06:12
28 108 DAVILA Luis Enrique * JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS JBC 3:17:25 0:06:33
29 25 SCHÄR Michael BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:18:35 0:07:43
30 22 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:18:35
31 13 CONTI Valerio * LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:18:35
32 118 LEECE Stephen JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH 3:18:35
33 135 SMITH Dion * HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:18:35
34 75 PHELAN Adam DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 3:18:35
35 47 WURF Cameron CANNONDALE CAN 3:18:35
36 158 ZEPUNTKE Ruben * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:18:35
37 152 DANIEL Gregory * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:18:35
38 105 CARLSEN Kirk JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS JBC 3:18:35
39 81 MEGIAS LEAL Javier TEAM NOVO NORDISK TNN 3:18:45 0:07:53
40 2 ACEVEDO CALLE  Janier Alexis TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 3:21:31 0:10:39
41 14 DODI Luca LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:21:37 0:10:45
42 153 EATON Daniel * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:22:22 0:11:30
43 117 COOKE Matt JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH 3:23:00 0:12:08
44 125 NAZARET Magno Prado FUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS FUN 3:23:05 0:12:13
45 155 ORAM James * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:23:18 0:12:26
46 154 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:23:18
47 151 PUTT Tanner * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:23:18 3
48 104 FRETER Johnathan * JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS JBC 3:23:18
49 113 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH 3:23:28 0:12:36
50 55 TJALLINGII Maarten BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 3:23:28
51 123 NICACIO Pedro Autran Dourado Dutra FUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS FUN 3:23:30 0:12:38
52 92 CANDELARIO Alexander OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 3:23:30
53 5 HOWES Alex TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 3:23:30
54 66 REIJNEN Kiel UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC 3:23:30 2
55 146 BERRY Joshua TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 3:23:30
56 143 KOCJAN Jure TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC 3:23:30 3
57 156 PUTT Chris * BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT 3:23:30
58 57 VAN WINDEN Dennis BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 3:23:30
59 106 RATHE Jacob JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS JBC 3:23:30 2
60 78 CANTY Brendan * DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 3:23:35 0:12:43
61 46 SALERNO Cristiano CANNONDALE CAN 3:23:35 1
62 94 ANTHONY Jesse OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 3:23:51 0:12:59
63 71 CRAWFORD Jai DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 3:23:51
64 34 WATSON Calvin * TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:27:54 0:17:02
65 27 ZABEL Rick * BMC RACING TEAM BMC 3:27:54
66 54 KEIZER Martijn BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 3:27:54
67 84 PLANET Charles * TEAM NOVO NORDISK TNN 3:27:54
68 65 LOUDER Jeffry UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC 3:27:54
69 43 MARANGONI Alan CANNONDALE CAN 3:27:54
70 32 ROULSTON Hayden TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:27:54
71 37 EASTMAN Ryan * TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:27:54
72 6 KING Benjamin TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 3:27:54
73 4 GAIMON Phillip TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 3:27:54
74 52 BOL Jetse BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 3:27:54
75 17 VACCHER Andrea LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:27:54
76 44 MOHORIC  Matej * CANNONDALE CAN 3:27:54
77 33 VOIGT Jens TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:27:54
78 18 WACKERMANN Luca * LAMPRE-MERIDA LAM 3:27:54
79 41 BASSO Ivan CANNONDALE CAN 3:27:54
80 131 CLARK  Oscar HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:27:54
81 67 DAY Benjamin UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC 3:27:54
82 72 HUCKER Robbie DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 3:27:54
83 7 MANNION Gavin TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 3:27:54
84 63 CLARKE Jonathan UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC 3:27:54
85 134 SKUJINS Toms HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD 3:29:29 0:18:37
86 126 PRESTES GARNERO Antonio Fernando FUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS FUN 3:30:15 0:19:23
87 62 BOLIVAR HERNANDEZ Isaac UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC 3:32:43 0:21:51
88 115 WREN Tyler JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH 3:35:19 0:24:27
89 77 SULZBERGER Wesley DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING DPC 3:35:19
90 95 SOLADAY Thomas OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES OPM 3:35:19
91 56 WAGNER Robert BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 3:35:19
92 38 KIRSCH Alex * TREK FACTORY RACING TFR 3:35:24 0:24:32
 Riders dropping out
68 SUMMERHILL Daniel UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM UHC
114 ROMERO AMARAN Luis JAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOME JSH
136 LEWIS Joseph HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAM HSD
141 TORCKLER Michael TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC
142 KLINE Shane TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC
145 MCCABE Travis TEAM SMARTSTOP SSC
 The following competitors were signed out from the race:
UCI Code Team Team Reason
157 USA19950902 BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAM BDT Not signed in
 Number of not started: 1
 Number of starters: 98
 Number remaining: 92
 Riders after time limit: —
 Riders dropping out: 68, 114, 136, 141, 142, 145 (=6)

 

2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah – General Classification

1. DANIELSON Tom (USA), TEAM GARMIN-SHARP GRS 30.18'04”

2. HORNER Chris (USA), LAMPRE-MERIDA +52″

3. ANACONA GOMEZ Winner (COL), LAMPRE-MERIDA +1'43”

4. HERMANS Ben (BEL), BMC RACING TEAM +1'46”

5. KELDERMAN Wilco (NED), BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM +1'49”

6. EVANS Cadel (AUS), BMC RACING TEAM +2'14”

7. JONES Carter (USA), OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES +2'57”

8. DINIZ CORREIA Alex (BRA), FUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS +3'48”

9. BENNETT George (NZL), CAN NONDALE + 4'00”

10. NORRIS Lachlan (AUS), DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING + 4'59”

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