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

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-6Bu4w5GyQ

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 — 1212,9km)<BR>(675,67m — 753,66m)
 Time of winner: 3.10'52”
 Commencement: 12:20 PM
PositionRiderTeamTeamTimeGapBonuses
121EVANS CadelBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:10:520:00:0010
251KELDERMAN WilcoBELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAMBEL3:10:520:00:006
312ANACONA GOMEZ WinnerLAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:10:520:00:004
411HORNER ChristopherLAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:10:520:00:00
51DANIELSON ThomasTEAM GARMIN-SHARPGRS3:10:570:00:05
691JONES CarterOPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIESOPM3:11:020:00:10
724HERMANS BenBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:11:170:00:25
842BENNETT  GeorgeCANNONDALECAN3:11:17
974NORRIS LachlanDRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLINGDPC3:11:17
1023EIJSSEN YannickBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:11:17
1128TEUNS Dylan *BMC RACING TEAMBMC3:11:17
12124DINIZ CORREIA AlexFUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOSFUN3:11:17
1315KOSHEVOY IliaLAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:11:340:00:42
14101TVETCOV SergheiJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:12:530:02:01
1531BUSCHE MatthewTREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:12:53
1636CHEVRIER Clement *TREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:12:53
17148BRITTON RobTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC3:12:53
18137BUTLER ChristopherHINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:12:53
1926WYSS DaniloBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:14:060:03:14
2035ZOIDL RiccardoTREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:14:070:03:15
21111JARAMILLO DIEZ Daniel AlexanderJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH3:14:110:03:19
2261EUSER LucasUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC3:14:11
23133CARPENTER Robin *HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:16:220:05:30
24132ROSSKOPF JosephHINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:16:22
25138SCHMALZ JosephHINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:16:22
26116SQUIRE RobbieJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH3:16:500:05:58
27144DE LUNA FlavioTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC3:17:040:06:12
28108DAVILA Luis Enrique *JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:17:250:06:33
2925SCHÄR MichaelBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:18:350:07:43
3022BOOKWALTER BrentBMC RACING TEAMBMC3:18:35
3113CONTI Valerio *LAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:18:35
32118LEECE StephenJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH3:18:35
33135SMITH Dion *HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:18:35
3475PHELAN AdamDRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLINGDPC3:18:35
3547WURF CameronCANNONDALECAN3:18:35
36158ZEPUNTKE Ruben *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:18:35
37152DANIEL Gregory *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:18:35
38105CARLSEN KirkJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:18:35
3981MEGIAS LEAL JavierTEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:18:450:07:53
402ACEVEDO CALLE  Janier AlexisTEAM GARMIN-SHARPGRS3:21:310:10:39
4114DODI LucaLAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:21:370:10:45
42153EATON Daniel *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:22:220:11:30
43117COOKE MattJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH3:23:000:12:08
44125NAZARET Magno PradoFUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOSFUN3:23:050:12:13
45155ORAM James *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:23:180:12:26
46154GEOGHEGAN HART Tao *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:23:18
47151PUTT Tanner *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:23:183
48104FRETER Johnathan *JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:23:18
49113JACQUES-MAYNES BenJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH3:23:280:12:36
5055TJALLINGII MaartenBELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAMBEL3:23:28
51123NICACIO Pedro Autran Dourado DutraFUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOSFUN3:23:300:12:38
5292CANDELARIO AlexanderOPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIESOPM3:23:30
535HOWES AlexTEAM GARMIN-SHARPGRS3:23:30
5466REIJNEN KielUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC3:23:302
55146BERRY JoshuaTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC3:23:30
56143KOCJAN JureTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC3:23:303
57156PUTT Chris *BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDT3:23:30
5857VAN WINDEN DennisBELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAMBEL3:23:30
59106RATHE JacobJELLY BELLY P/B MAXXISJBC3:23:302
6078CANTY Brendan *DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLINGDPC3:23:350:12:43
6146SALERNO CristianoCANNONDALECAN3:23:351
6294ANTHONY JesseOPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIESOPM3:23:510:12:59
6371CRAWFORD JaiDRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLINGDPC3:23:51
6434WATSON Calvin *TREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:27:540:17:02
6527ZABEL Rick *BMC RACING TEAMBMC3:27:54
6654KEIZER MartijnBELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAMBEL3:27:54
6784PLANET Charles *TEAM NOVO NORDISKTNN3:27:54
6865LOUDER JeffryUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC3:27:54
6943MARANGONI AlanCANNONDALECAN3:27:54
7032ROULSTON HaydenTREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:27:54
7137EASTMAN Ryan *TREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:27:54
726KING BenjaminTEAM GARMIN-SHARPGRS3:27:54
734GAIMON PhillipTEAM GARMIN-SHARPGRS3:27:54
7452BOL JetseBELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAMBEL3:27:54
7517VACCHER AndreaLAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:27:54
7644MOHORIC  Matej *CANNONDALECAN3:27:54
7733VOIGT JensTREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:27:54
7818WACKERMANN Luca *LAMPRE-MERIDALAM3:27:54
7941BASSO IvanCANNONDALECAN3:27:54
80131CLARK  OscarHINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:27:54
8167DAY BenjaminUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC3:27:54
8272HUCKER RobbieDRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLINGDPC3:27:54
837MANNION GavinTEAM GARMIN-SHARPGRS3:27:54
8463CLARKE JonathanUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC3:27:54
85134SKUJINS TomsHINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD3:29:290:18:37
86126PRESTES GARNERO Antonio FernandoFUNVIC BRASILINVEST-SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOSFUN3:30:150:19:23
8762BOLIVAR HERNANDEZ IsaacUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC3:32:430:21:51
88115WREN TylerJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH3:35:190:24:27
8977SULZBERGER WesleyDRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLINGDPC3:35:19
9095SOLADAY ThomasOPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIESOPM3:35:19
9156WAGNER RobertBELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAMBEL3:35:19
9238KIRSCH Alex *TREK FACTORY RACINGTFR3:35:240:24:32
 Riders dropping out
68SUMMERHILL DanielUNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAMUHC
114ROMERO AMARAN LuisJAMIS-HAGENS BERMAN P/B SUTTER HOMEJSH
136LEWIS JosephHINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR DEVELOPMENT TEAMHSD
141TORCKLER MichaelTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC
142KLINE ShaneTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC
145MCCABE TravisTEAM SMARTSTOPSSC
 The following competitors were signed out from the race:
UCI CodeTeamTeamReason
157USA19950902BISSELL DEVELOPMENT TEAMBDTNot 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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