By Dave Iltis — This year’s Tour of Utah will feature a number of Utah riders and a locally based team.Hangar 15 Bicycles Pro Racing (was Canyon Bicycles Pro Racing) is Utah’s pro team. They received their first invite to the Tour of Utah in six years. Look for Paco Mancebo, Rob Squire, Cortlan Brown, Erik Slack, Kaler Marshall, Steve Fisher, Chris Winn, and Chad Beyer and others out on course. The new Hangar 15 jerseys will be similar to the iconic Canyon jerseys that have been part of Utah’s race scene for the last 10 plus years.
Another Utah rider to watch will be fan favorite TJ Eisenhart of the Holowesko Citadel squad. TJ finished 7th last year overall and will be in the mix as a favorite for the overall in 2017.
Park City’s Tanner Putt will likely return this year for UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling. He’s a rouleur with a great sprint, and likely leadout man for teammate Travis McCabe. Putt has potential to win a stage in the right conditions.
[Note that team rosters won’t be final until just before the race.]