2017 Tour of Utah Stage 2: Bookwalter Wins First Mountain Top Finish of 2017 Tour of Utah at Snowbasin Resort

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Single file on the rivet! 2017 Tour of Utah Stage 2 from Brigham City to Snowbasin. Photo by Steven Sheffield
Single file on the rivet! 2017 Tour of Utah Stage 2 from Brigham City to Snowbasin. Photo by Steven Sheffield

Bookwalter Wins First Mountain Top Finish of 2017 Tour of Utah at Snowbasin Resort

By Lyne Lamoureux

American Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing Team powered away in the final meters of the climb to Snowbasin Resort to win Stage 2 presented by America First Credit Union of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Sepp Kuss (USA) of Rally Cycling finished second, with the same time as Bookwalter.

I didn't exactly imagine it, but it was always a hope,” Kuss said of taking over the overall lead at the Tour of Utah. “I trained super hard for this race. I think when you prepare for a race, you can kind of envision it, but I didn't expect to be in this position today. I'm super excited and surprised.”

By virtue of a tie breaker, Kuss secured the general classification lead which puts him in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships overall leaders jersey. After launching a surprise solo attack in the final kilometer, Canadian James Piccoli of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling held on for third on the stage.

It's the first year that the team is here and that I'm here. We've been preparing for a month now at altitude at Park City and doing all the courses. We're super well prepared for this race and really happy to be here. Hopefully we show that we were a good pick,” said Piccoli about his Elevate-KHS team.

Bookwalter covered the 94-mile course on Tuesday from Brigham City to Snowbasin Resort in three hours and 38 minutes. “At the end, it was just about picking the right moment and timing it right, and gambling a little too. Coming into this race a little more relaxed and not having my whole season or months of prep riding on this race served me well because I could sort of sit back and say if these guys stayed away, well, it's not like I've been staring at the big asterisk on my calendar, at this day for months. This race obviously means a lot to me and I'm inspired to do well here but that laid back approach helped.” said Bookwalter, who finished third overall at the 2015 and 2016 Tour of Utah.

As expected, the first mountain-top finish of the 2017 Tour of Utah brought major changes to the overall leaderboard, with Bookwalter moving into second overall, tied on time with Kuss. Piccoli slots into third, also with the same time. Sixth on the stage, American Robin Carpenter, Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sportswear moves up to fourth overall, two seconds down. Neilson Powless (USA), Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team moves up to eighth place overall and takes over the WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey.

Ty Magner (USA) of Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sportswear, who wore the Larry H. Miller Dealerships leader jersey after winning Stage 1 in Logan on Monday, dropped to 52nd on G.C., more than 17 minutes off the lead.

Sunny conditions greeted the riders for the start of Stage 2 presented by America First Credit Union in Brigham City this morning. Attacks started immediately from the start, as the riders started the ascent up Sardine Canyon, the first of three Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climbs.

Numerous riders tried to escape but the large numbers of riders off the front doomed all moves to failure. One such rider was BMC Racing Team's Joey Rosskopf who took top points on the first KOM. More attacks followed but it took 28 miles of racing before a breakaway was established. Initiated by Rosskopf, the reigning U.S. Pro Time Trial champion, three riders managed to escape and gain a maximum of five minutes and 10 seconds on the field.

The break included Oscar Clark (USA), Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team, and Marco Canola (ITA) of Nippo-Vini Fantini. Meanwhile in the field, Rally Cycling took position at the front to control the gap. With 40 miles to go, the gap was down to under two minutes. The trio was ultimately reeled in on the second KOM of the day, the climb up North Ogden Divide.

Bookwalter was appreciative of the work put in by his BMC Racing Team, including his teammate Rosskopf. “The only thing I could have done to do their effort justice today was to win,” he said. “ Coming into this race, I was pushing him to ride G.C., he was a little less confident, said he was comfortable being aggressive. We've seen it before that he's really good at doing that, he's been good here. The ride he did on the climb too was just incredible. He was out there all day, covered in salt, and he came back, he was still riding at the front, popping guys out of that group. He's an animal, definitely hasn't seen his limits, still getting better.”

What's going on back there? 2017 Tour of Utah Stage 2 from Brigham City to Snowbasin. Photo by Steven Sheffield
What's going on back there? 2017 Tour of Utah Stage 2 from Brigham City to Snowbasin. Photo by Steven Sheffield

The technical descent led to more attacking but the field down to 40 riders was all together as they started the final climb to the finish line. Canadian Adam De Vos of Rally Cycling countered an attach by Jhonnatan Narvaez (POR) of Axeon Hagens Berman and quickly established a gap to the field. With three kilometers, De Vos was fully committed to his attack, head down and giving it everything he had.

Adam has a super good finishing kick himself. We decided that the climb might not be selective enough to have attacks go from the bottom and have big time gaps. I think when he saw Neilson's teammate go near the bottom, he followed that and it ended up being a pretty good move. And he was out there until the last k[ilometer]. A strong ride by him,” said Kuss.

Powless, who is the reiging U-23 Road Race national champion, said about the climb, “It was pretty stop and go I think. It wasn't a crazy steep uphill finish, it was a bit more tactical so it was a bit more explosive. I tried to go a couple of times, but no one was really letting me go either. I had one other teammate Jhonnatan in the group which was really nice, he went pretty early on and when we caught him, I think he ended up going again before the finish which was really impressive. It helped me a lot too, because it's really nice to have a teammate up the road, if we catch him, I know he's strong and he'd still probably be able to hang in as well. On an uphill finish like this, you're really just trying to get to the last kick as fresh as possible because that's when a lot of gaps are going to happen.”

Jacob Rathe (USA) of Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Maxxis retained the Utah Office of Tourism KOM jersey. After taking top points in the first sprint line in Wellsville, Chris Lawless (GBR) of Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team takes over the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. Canadian De Vos was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey. Danny Pate (USA) of Rally Cycling, who has been racing for more than 17 years as a pro, was voted America First Credit Union Fan Favorite for Stage 2, in the category of Most Loved Veteran.

Stage 3 presented by Workfront marks the return of the popular individual time trial (ITT), last held in 2011. Starting at an elevation of 7,300 feet, the course climbs 1,725 vertical feet and provides a tough 5.6-mile ascent of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. The course travels from the Donut Falls Trailhead parking at Reynolds Gulch to the front door of Brighton Ski Resort. The route passes Solitude Ski Resort, towering spruce trees and rock vistas that are part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. With a 5.5 percent average gradient, the course should favor a strong rider who excels at high altitude.

It could be the most decisive day of the race,” Bookwalter said of Stage 3. “But it's a new stage, hard to know. Traditionally, we see pretty big time gaps on Snowbird too. Last time I was here (Big Cottonwood Canyon) two years ago, [Joe] Dombrowski put a minute into second place, it's all open.”

Kuss agreed, “I think it will be fairly decisive. It's a pretty fast time trial for an uphill TT, but I think the altitude will definitely play a role because it starts off pretty high on Big Cottonwood. I think it will test a lot of different abilities that than a normal TT might not or a flat TT especially.”

 

RESULTS AND STANDINGS 

www.tourofutah.com/race/results

Stage 2 presented by America First Credit Union – Top 10

  1. BOOKWALTER Brent (USA) BMC RACING TEAM 3:38:12
  2. KUSS Sepp (USA) RALLY CYCLING 3:38:12
  3. PICCOLI James (CAN) ELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLING 3:38:12
  4. MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco (ESP) HANGAR 15 BICYCLES 3:38:14
  5. MURPHY Kyle (USA) CYLANCE CYCLING 3:38:14
  6. CARPENTER Robin (USA) HOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR 3:38:14
  7. BRITTON Robert (CAN) RALLY CYCLING 3:38:14
  8. POWLESS Neilson (USA) AXEON HAGENS BERMAN 3:38:14
  9. CLARKE Jonathan (AUS) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM 3:38:14
  10. MANNION Gavin (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM 3:38:14

General Classification (After Stage 2) – Top 10

  1. KUSS Sepp (USA) RALLY CYCLING 8:35:01
  2. BOOKWALTER Brent (USA) BMC RACING TEAM 8:35:01
  3. PICCOLI James (CAN) ELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLING 8:35:01
  4. CARPENTER Robin (USA) HOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR 8:35:03
  5. DILLIER Silvan (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM 8:35:03
  6. MANNION Gavin (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM 8:35:03
  7. POWLESS Neilson (USA) AXEON HAGENS BERMAN 8:35:03
  8. MURPHY Kyle (USA) CYLANCE CYCLING 8:35:03
  9. FRANKINY Kilian (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM 8:35:03
  10. BRITTON Robert (CAN) RALLY CYCLING 8:35:03

AWARD JERSEYS

  • Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall leader – Sepp Kuss (USA), Rally Cycling
  • Utah Sports Commission Sprint leader – Chris Lawless (GBR), Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team
  • Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain – Jacob Rathe (USA), Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Maxxis
  • WCF Insurance Best Young Rider – Neilson Pawless (USA), Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team
  • Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider – Adam De Vos (CAN), Rally Cycling
  • America First Credit Union Fan Favorite – Danny Pate (USA), Rally Cycling

Full Results:

 Organiser: Utah Cycling Partnership    
 Stage: Tuesday2017   
 Arrival classification: Stage 2 – Brigham City to Snowbasin Resort pb America First Credit Union    
 Category: Men Elite    
 Average speed of winner: 25.817 mph    
 Distance: 9391m —2258m) 
 Time of winner: 3.38'12”    
 Commencement: 9:45 AM    
      
PositionRiderTeamTeamTimeGap
1BOOKWALTER BrentBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:38:120:00:00
2KUSS SeppRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:38:120:00:00
3PICCOLI JamesELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:38:120:00:00
4MANCEBO PEREZ FranciscoHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:38:140:00:02
5MURPHY KyleCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:38:140:00:02
6CARPENTER RobinHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:38:140:00:02
7BRITTON RobertRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:38:140:00:02
8POWLESS NeilsonAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:38:140:00:02
9CLARKE JonathanUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:38:140:00:02
10MANNION GavinUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:38:140:00:02
11FRANKINY KilianBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:38:140:00:02
12DILLIER SilvanBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:38:140:00:02
13FICARA PierpaoloAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:38:200:00:08
14EISENHART TaylorHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:38:200:00:08
15BUTLER ChristopherCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:38:220:00:10
16ELLSAY NigelSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:38:220:00:10
17NAVAEZ PRADO Jhonnatan ManuelAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:38:270:00:15
18TVETCOV SergheiJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:38:290:00:17
19MOLINA CANET AntonioCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:38:340:00:22
20DE VOS AdamRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:38:360:00:24
21ARANBURU DEBA AlexCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:39:030:00:51
22SOLA ARJONA ManuelCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:39:050:00:53
23ROSSKOPF JosephBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:39:050:00:53
24SWIRBUL KeeganJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:39:240:01:12
25ORONTE EmersonRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:39:310:01:19
26FRAYRE MOCTEZUMA EderELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:40:020:01:50
27JARAMILLO DIEZ Daniel AlexanderUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:40:260:02:14
28CICCONE GiulioBARDIANI CSFBRD3:40:440:02:32
29LOCKWOOD CoryELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:40:510:02:39
30NORRIS LachlanUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:41:240:03:12
31ROTA LorenzoBARDIANI CSFBRD3:42:010:03:49
32WACKERMANN LucaBARDIANI CSFBRD3:42:010:03:49
33SENNI ManuelBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:42:010:03:49
34SANTAROMITA IvanNIPPO – VINI FANTININIP3:42:010:03:49
35ZAMPARELLA MarcoAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:42:010:03:49
36VAN WINDEN DennisISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:43:490:05:37
37MÜLLER PatrickBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:46:140:08:02
38RUBIO HERNANDEZ DiegoCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:46:590:08:47
39HOEHN AlexELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:48:180:10:06
40BOIVIN GuillaumeISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:49:190:11:07
41SERRANO RODRIGUEZ GonzaloCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:49:190:11:07
42ELMIGER MartinBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:49:190:11:07
43BARTA WilliamAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:49:190:11:07
44KRASILNIKAU AndreiHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:49:190:11:07
45BERNARDINETTI MarcoAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:49:190:11:07
46SQUIRE RobertHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:49:190:11:07
47COMPANIONI RubenHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:49:190:11:07
48VELASCO SimoneBARDIANI CSFBRD3:49:190:11:07
49CANOLA MarcoNIPPO – VINI FANTININIP3:49:330:11:21
50ANDREETTA SimoneBARDIANI CSFBRD3:53:570:15:45
51LEMUS DAVILA Luis EnriqueISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:54:080:15:56
52ACEVEDO CALLE Janier AlexisUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:54:080:15:56
53GARIBAY CONTRERAS Orlando TrinidadCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:54:080:15:56
54ALBANESE VincenzoBARDIANI CSFBRD3:55:510:17:39
55SIMION PaoloBARDIANI CSFBRD3:55:510:17:39
56BERLATO GiacomoNIPPO – VINI FANTININIP3:55:510:17:39
57CALABRIA FabioTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
58MCCULLOCH BrianELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:55:510:17:39
59CÔTÉ Pier-AndréSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
60FISHER SteveHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:55:510:17:39
61BROWN ConnorELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:55:510:17:39
62BROWN CortlanHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:55:510:17:39
63BANUSHI BesmirAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:55:510:17:39
64MARSHALL KalerHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:55:510:17:39
65BRAND SamTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
66RODRIGUEZ VICTORIA Jose AlfredoELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:55:510:17:39
67KOISHI YumaNIPPO – VINI FANTININIP3:55:510:17:39
68BOHLI TomBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:55:510:17:39
69WINN ChristopherHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:55:510:17:39
70BERRY JoshuaJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:55:510:17:39
71DIAZ CORRALES Andres MiguelCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:55:510:17:39
72POLI UmbertoTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
73WILLIAMS TylerISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:55:510:17:39
74TUREK DanielISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:55:510:17:39
75VAN IJZENDOORN HendrikusTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
76CASTILLO SOTO Ulisis AlfredoJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:55:510:17:39
77GAGNE JulienSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
78MARTINS SANDOVAL UriAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:55:510:17:39
79RATHE JacobJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:55:510:17:39
80BENITO DIEZ Miguel AngelCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:55:510:17:39
81OIEN JustinCAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGACJR3:55:510:17:39
82GALARRETA UGARTE DavidAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:55:510:17:39
83HALILAJ RediAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO3:55:510:17:39
84BROWN JonathanAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:55:510:17:39
85MARANGONI AlanNIPPO – VINI FANTININIP3:55:510:17:39
86RICE MichaelAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:55:510:17:39
87OWEN LoganAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:55:510:17:39
88LAWLESS ChristopherAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:55:510:17:39
89BASSETT StephenSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
90HAEDO Lucas SebastianUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:55:510:17:39
91OLIVEIRA RuiAXEON HAGENS BERMANAHB3:55:510:17:39
92FLAKSIS AndzsHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:55:510:17:39
93CIMA DamianoNIPPO – VINI FANTININIP3:55:510:17:39
94NIV GuyISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:55:510:17:39
95MAGNER TylerHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:55:510:17:39
96MURPHY JohnHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:55:510:17:39
97JEAN EmileSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
98RAÏM MihkelISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:55:510:17:39
99PATE DannyRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:55:510:17:39
100SOUCY Marc-AntoineSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
101MCCLURE ReidTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
102SLACK ErikHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:55:510:17:39
103JOYCE ColinRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:55:510:17:39
104SCHMALZ JosephELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGELV3:55:510:17:39
105SNIPE GROVE Samuel HunterCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:55:510:17:39
106ROBERGE AdamSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
107BEYER ChadHANGAR 15 BICYCLESCYN3:55:510:17:39
108HUFFMAN EvanRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:55:510:17:39
109LEWIS BryanCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:55:510:17:39
110DE KEIJZER GerdTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
111CLANCY StephenTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:55:510:17:39
112CHEYNE JordanJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:55:510:17:39
113MARCOTTE EricCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:55:510:17:39
114JONES ChristopherUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:55:510:17:39
115LAW ScottCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:55:510:17:39
116ZUKOWSKY NickolasSILBER PRO CYCLINGSPC3:55:510:17:39
117YECHZKEL AvivISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYICA3:55:510:17:39
118YOUNG EricRALLY CYCLINGRLY3:56:030:17:51
119MCCABE TravisUNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAMUHC3:56:030:17:51
120SHELDEN TaylorJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:56:060:17:54
121STERBINI SimoneBARDIANI CSFBRD3:56:080:17:56
122MORTON AngusJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:57:310:19:19
123CLARK OscarHOLOWESKO/CITADEL RACING P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEARHCR3:57:310:19:19
124MENZIES KarlCYLANCE CYCLINGCPC3:59:290:21:17
      
 Riders dropping out    
 32CHERHAL CorentinTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN 
 86ELORZA PAGALDAI MikelAMORE & VITA – SELLE SMP P/B FONDRIESTAMO 
      
      
 Number of not started: 0    
 Number of starters: 126    
 Number remaining: 124    
 Riders after time limit: —    
 Riders dropping out: 32    
      
 Last calculated: 1-08    
 Classification software: StageRace 2005 software — www.stagerace.com    
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