2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1: McCabe Conquers Cedar City Sprint with Third Career Win; Report, Results, Photos

0
1069

American Tejay van Garderen Retains Leader's Jersey After First Day of Climbing

2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1 Complete Photo Essay by Cottonsox Click here

By Lyne Lamoureux – Travis McCabe of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team surged past the field in a chaotic sprint finish to win Stage 1 presented by America First Credit Union at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Tuesday.

The riders were definitely not able to take in the beauty of the canyon on teh climb. 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1, August 7, 2018, Cedar City, Utah. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.net

Coming into this, I trained really hard. I've had a few months now of just being home and training. Utah was a big goal,” said McCabe, who lives and trains in nearby Arizona. He took advantage of a late race attack by his teammate Serghei Tvetcov to claim his third stage win in three years at the Tour of Utah.

Taking that third win was what I was waking up every morning, dreaming about. Every year it's always come later on the race and so to get it the second day is pretty incredible. I tried really hard to get a really good time trial yesterday with hopes of taking over the jersey but I got second behind Tejay and I probably won't get it tomorrow. Getting three wins in three years is pretty awesome. I love the Tour of Utah, I really do, it's one of my favorite races I do every year. I'm an Arizona boy, we're neighbors. I feel that this is the closest thing that I have to a home race and when I come here I always look to be on form and be my best.”

A bike length separated McCabe from second-place Ulises Castillo of Jelly Belly Cycling Team p/b Maxxis, and Edwin Avila of Israel Cycling Academy following in third.

Overall race leader Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team retained his Larry H. Miller Dealerships leader’s yellow jersey by finishing safely in the peloton. By capturing the 10-second finish time bonus, McCabe moved up to second in the General Classification (G.C.), only two seconds back. Joey Rosskopf of BMC Racing Team is in third place overall, a further two seconds down. Fourth in the G.C., Neilson Powless of Team LottoNL-Jumbo retained the WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey.

Blue skies and warm weather greeted the 115 racers at the start of Stage 1 presented by America First Credit Union in the fourth-time host city of Cedar City. The start and the finish were held on the campus of Southern Utah University. After a flurry of attacks in the first 40 minutes of racing, four riders managed to escape to form the main breakaway of the day. Evan Huffman of Rally Cycling, George Simpson of Elevate KHS, Daan Olivier of Team Lotto NL-Jumbo and Lionel Mawditt of Jelly Belly pb Maxxis worked well together to increase their lead.

The podium: Travis Mccabe (UHC) 1st, Castillo Soto (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 2nd, Avila Vanegas (Istrael Cycling Academy). 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1, August 7, 2018, Cedar City, Utah. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.net
The podium: Travis Mccabe (UHC) 1st, Castillo Soto (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 2nd, Avila Vanegas (Istrael Cycling Academy). 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1, August 7, 2018, Cedar City, Utah. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.net

Everything was going to plan for the BMC Racing Team. “Our plan was to let a breakaway get up the road to stop the attacks.” van Garderen explained. “We found a breakaway that we were comfortable with, let them get a little time, establish a chase and we were banking on a couple sprinter's teams to help close the gap in the final so that we didn't have to do all the work today. We were able to keep things relatively under control, it was a hard fought day.”

The four escapees built a lead that grew to over five minutes before starting to climb up Parowan Canyon for the highest climb of the week near Cedar Breaks National Monument, topping out at 10,600 feet.

It was the first time I raced at this altitude which makes it pretty hard, but I think it was a really nice climb. The steep gradients I like, so I enjoyed it,” said Olivier about the Category 1 climb, which gains 4,500 vertical feet in 15 miles, with some sections at Brian Head Ski Resort challenging riders with a 15 percent gradient.

Huffman, then Simpson had trouble following the pace on the steeper pitches as they approached the top of the climb. “We had four riders, working pretty well together. Splitting up on the climb a little bit, it was kind of the limit for me, I'm not so good at the really steep stuff so I suffered through it. Luckily they sat up at the top for the long descent for the next climb,” said Huffman who was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey

After re-forming on the descent, the break shattered on the next KOM at Bristlecone. Under pressure from the chasing peloton, Olivier continued solo and claimed the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey.

With 20 miles to go, the gap to the lone rider was down to under two minutes with teams chasing to bring about a bunch sprint. One team that did not participate in the chase was UnitedHealthcare.

I really had to just make it up over the big climb. It was a pretty fast pace, we lost a few of the bigger sprinters like Ty Magner on that climb because of the tailwind. Pace was pretty hard, we were on the pedals the whole day. We were expecting that. We didn't really contribute too much to the chase because we could tell that guys on the breakaway were starting to come off, a little early on, like 90 K in the race. We let it play out,” McCabe explained.

Attacks were launched from the front. Luis Lemus of Israel Cycling Academy took a solo flyer with 20 kilometers to go, caught and passed Olivier as he approached Cedar City. But his move was doomed.

More attacks flew from the field as they raced around the finishing circuits. “In the sprint, there aren't really any big sprinters team because it's such heavy climbing race this year so I floated along, waiting for the opportune time for me to sprint, opened it up with 250 meters to go and won,” said McCabe.

McCabe also claimed the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. Nathan Brown of EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale was voted America First Credit Union Fan Favorite, in the category of Best Ambassador (Statesman).

Stage 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 8, returns to Payson City for a third time. The focus of the day will be the towering peak of Mount Nebo, making a seventh appearance in the Tour that was last featured in 2016. This year, the 88.6-mile (142.6 km) route will start and finish in Payson City. After a 12-mile circuit north of town into Utah County, the race will return to Payson for a sprint in front of historic Peteetneet Museum and pass through the start/finish area at Memorial Park. The route will then travel south through the orchards and lavender fields along Old U.S. Highway 91 for a sprint line in Nephi, then the final push on the Category 1 ascent across Mount Nebo. The cyclists will summit the roadway at 9,300 feet for the one KOM on the day, then have a twisting 22-mile descent for the finish back into the classic western town of Payson.

Brief Results:

Stage 1 presented by America First Credit Union – Top 10

  1. MCCABE Travis (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE – 4:17:05
  2. CASTILLO SOTO Ulises Alfredo (MEX) JELLY BELLY pb MAXXIS – 4:17:05
  3. AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades (COL) ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY – 4:17:05
  4. BOOKWALTER Brent (USA) BMC RACING TEAM – 4:17:05
  5. REIJNEN Kiel (USA) TREK-SEGAFREDO – 4:17:05
  6. CIMA Damiano (ITA) NIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINI – 4:17:05
  7. MURPHY Kyle (USA) RALLY CYCLING – 4:17:05
  8. PONZI Simone (ITA) NIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINI – 4:17:05
  9. BOUWMAN Koen (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO – 4:17:05
  10. RICE Michael (AUS) HAGENS BERMAN AXEON – 4:17:05

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION (After Stage 1) – Top 10

  1. VAN GARDEREN Tejay (USA) BMC RACING TEAM – 4:23:32
  2. MCCABE Travis (USA) UNITEDHEALTHCARE – 4:23:34 +0:00:02
  3. ROSSKOPF Joey (USA) BMC RACING TEAM – 4:23:36 +0:00:04
  4. POWLESS Neilson (USA) TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO – 4:23:39 +0:00:07
  5. HUFFMAN Evan (USA) RALLY CYCLING – 4:23:42 +0:00:10
  6. EENKHOORN Pascal (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO – 4:23:43 +0:00:11
  7. TVETCOV Serghei (ROU) UNITEDHEALTHCARE – 4:23:43 +0:00:11
  8. BROWN Nathan (USA) EF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALE – 4:23:43 +0:00:11
  9. BOUWMAN Koen (NED) TEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBO – 4:23:45 +0:00:13
  10. DOMBROWSKI Joe (USA) EF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALE – 4:23:45 +0:00:13

AWARD JERSEYS

  • Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall leader – Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
  • Utah Sports Commission Sprint leader – Travis McCabe (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
  • Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain – Daan Olivier (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • WCF Insurance Best Young Rider – Neilson Powless (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  • Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider – Evan Huffman (USA), Rally Cycling Team
  • America First Credit Union Fan Favorite – Nathan Brown (USA), EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale

Stage 1 Complete Results:

Organiser: Utah Cycling Partnership
Stage: August 7, 2018
Arrival classification: Stage 1 – Cedar City to Cedar City
Category: Men Elite – 2.HC
Average speed of winner: 24.407 mph
Distance: 104,57m/(3,2932m —
Time of winner: 4.17'05”
Commencement: 10:50 A

 

PositionNo.RiderTeamCountryTimeGapBonuses
193MCCABE TravisUNITEDHEALTHCAREUSA4:17:050:00:0010
2126CASTILLO SOTO Ulises AlfredoJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISMEX4:17:050:00:006
361AVILA VANEGAS Edwin AlcibiadesISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYCOL4:17:050:00:004
423BOOKWALTER BrentBMC RACING TEAMUSA4:17:050:00:00 
556REIJNEN KielTREK-SEGAFREDOUSA4:17:050:00:00 
672CIMA DamianoNIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINIITA4:17:050:00:00 
75MURPHY KyleRALLY CYCLINGUSA4:17:050:00:00 
875PONZI SimoneNIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINIITA4:17:050:00:00 
932BOUWMAN KoenTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBONED4:17:050:00:00 
1086* RICE MichaelHAGENS BERMAN AXEONAUS4:17:050:00:00 
1182* BENNETT SeanHAGENS BERMAN AXEONUSA4:17:050:00:00 
12131* CHRETIEN Charles-EtienneSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
1392ACEVEDO CALLE Janier AlexisUNITEDHEALTHCARECOL4:17:050:00:00 
1411MEYER CameronMITCHELTON-SCOTTAUS4:17:050:00:00 
1545DOMBROWSKI Joseph LloydEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALEUSA4:17:050:00:00 
1641BROWN NathanEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALEUSA4:17:050:00:00 
1733* EENKHOORN PascalTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBONED4:17:050:00:00 
18112FRAYRE MOCTEZUMA EderELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGMEX4:17:050:00:00 
1926ROSSKOPF JosephBMC RACING TEAMUSA4:17:050:00:00 
20134MASBOURIAN NicolasSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
2147WOODS MichaelEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALECAN4:17:050:00:00 
2212HAIG JackMITCHELTON-SCOTTAUS4:17:050:00:00 
2331KUSS SeppTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBOUSA4:17:050:00:00 
2497MANNION GavinUNITEDHEALTHCAREUSA4:17:050:00:00 
25142* HECHT GageAEVOLOUSA4:17:050:00:00 
2662HERMANS BenISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYBEL4:17:050:00:00 
27156FONT MAS Bernat303 PROJECTESP4:17:050:00:00 
2854EG NiklasTREK-SEGAFREDODEN4:17:050:00:00 
2974SANTAROMITA IvanNIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINIITA4:17:050:00:00 
3051STETINA PeterTREK-SEGAFREDOUSA4:17:050:00:00 
311BRITTON RobertRALLY CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
32141* VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ Luis RicardoAEVOLOMEX4:17:050:00:00 
33101EISENHART Taylor (T.J.)HOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOEUSA4:17:050:00:00 
3421VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC RACING TEAMUSA4:17:050:00:00 
35125BURKE JackJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISCAN4:17:050:00:00 
3643CARTHY Hugh JohnEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALEGBR4:17:050:00:00 
3764PLAZA RubenISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYESP4:17:050:00:00 
38137* ZUKOWSKY NickolasSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
397ORONTE EmersonRALLY CYCLINGUSA4:17:050:00:00 
4081* ANDERSON EdwardHAGENS BERMAN AXEONUSA4:17:050:00:00 
4134OLIVIER DaanTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBONED4:17:050:00:001
4295JARAMILLO DIEZ Daniel AlexanderUNITEDHEALTHCARECOL4:17:050:00:00 
4391TVETCOV SergheiUNITEDHEALTHCAREROU4:17:050:00:00 
44106SANCHEZ VERGARA Brayan StivenHOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOECOL4:17:050:00:00 
4535* POWLESS NeilsonTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBOUSA4:17:050:00:00 
4642CANTY BrendanEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALEAUS4:17:050:00:00 
47143* HOEHN AlexAEVOLOUSA4:17:050:00:00 
48105COMPANIONI RubenHOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOECUB4:17:050:00:00 
4936WYNANTS MaartenTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBOBEL4:17:050:00:00 
50154DE LUNA DAVILA Flavio Alejandro303 PROJECTMEX4:17:050:00:00 
51123SWIRBUL KeeganJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISUSA4:17:050:00:00 
5214* HAMILTON LucasMITCHELTON-SCOTTAUS4:17:050:00:00 
53161* LYONS AngusMOBIUS BRIDGELANEAUS4:17:050:00:00 
5485* REVARD ThomasHAGENS BERMAN AXEONUSA4:17:050:00:00 
55113CHEYNE JordanELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
56136VANDALE DanickSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
5737* MAAS JanTEAM LOTTO NL-JUMBONED4:17:050:00:00 
582ELLSAY NigelRALLY CYCLINGCAN4:17:050:00:00 
59153EASTER Cullen303 PROJECTUSA4:17:050:00:00 
60151NEWKIRK Isaiah303 PROJECTUSA4:17:050:00:00 
6125FRANKINY KilianBMC RACING TEAMSUI4:17:050:00:00 
6294HAEDO Lucas SebastianUNITEDHEALTHCAREARG4:17:050:00:00 
63165* BROWN ConnorMOBIUS BRIDGELANENZL4:17:050:00:00 
6452* CONCI NicolaTREK-SEGAFREDOITA4:17:050:00:00 
65164* LIVINGSTONE PeterMOBIUS BRIDGELANEAUS4:17:050:00:00 
6696CLARKE JonathanUNITEDHEALTHCAREAUS4:17:050:00:00 
67167FINSTERWALD RussellMOBIUS BRIDGELANEUSA4:17:050:00:00 
6873HATSUYAMA ShoNIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINIJPN4:17:050:00:00 
69157BACA Antonio303 PROJECTMEX4:17:050:00:00 
703HUFFMAN EvanRALLY CYCLINGUSA4:17:050:00:002
7166SCHREURS HamishISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYNZL4:17:050:00:00 
7283* BROWN JonathanHAGENS BERMAN AXEONUSA4:17:050:00:00 
7324* EVANS AlexanderBMC RACING TEAMAUS4:17:050:00:00 
7471* CIMA ImerioNIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINIITA4:17:220:00:17 
7544CLARKE WilliamEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALEAUS4:17:250:00:20 
7657* RIES MichelTREK-SEGAFREDOLUX4:17:320:00:27 
7746HOWES AlexEF-DRAPAC pb CANNONDALEUSA4:18:000:00:55 
78152EASTER Griffin303 PROJECTUSA4:18:140:01:09 
7963LEMUS DAVILA Luis EnriqueISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYMEX4:18:370:01:32 
80115SIMPSON GeorgeELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGUSA4:18:370:01:323
8176MARANGONI AlanNIPPO-VINI FANTINI-EUROPA OVINIITA4:18:580:01:53 
82121SHELDEN TaylorJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISUSA4:19:070:02:02 
83122WOLFE BenjaminJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISUSA4:19:070:02:02 
8416* CHAVES RUBIO BrayanMITCHELTON-SCOTTCOL4:19:070:02:02 
85114BASSETTI SamuelELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGUSA4:17:050:00:00 
8615POWER RobertMITCHELTON-SCOTTAUS4:17:050:00:00 
87127MAWDITT LionelJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISAUS4:31:420:14:37 
8884* PHILIPSEN JasperHAGENS BERMAN AXEONBEL4:33:230:16:18 
8965SAGIV GuyISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYISR4:33:230:16:18 
9053DIDIER LaurentTREK-SEGAFREDOLUX4:33:230:16:18 
91124* MCGEOUGH CormacJELLY BELLY pb MAXXISIRL4:33:230:16:18 
92116MCCULLOCH BrianELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGUSA4:33:230:16:18 
9313BEWLEY SamMITCHELTON-SCOTTNZL4:33:230:16:18 
94103KRASILNIKAU AndreiHOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOEBLR4:33:230:16:18 
95144* ISLAS LOPEZ FernandoAEVOLOMEX4:33:230:16:18 
9655RAST GregoryTREK-SEGAFREDOSUI4:33:230:16:18 
97147* HAIDET LanceAEVOLOUSA4:33:230:16:18 
9827OVETT FreddyBMC RACING TEAMAUS4:33:230:16:18 
99133JEAN EmileSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:33:230:16:18 
100145* HERNANDEZ MichaelAEVOLOUSA4:33:230:16:18 
10167WILLIAMS TylerISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMYUSA4:33:230:16:18 
102132* COTE Pier-AndreSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:33:230:16:18 
10322BOHLI TomBMC RACING TEAMSUI4:33:230:16:18 
104102LEWIS JosephHOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOEAUS4:38:190:21:14 
10587* ZIJLAARD MaikelHAGENS BERMAN AXEONNED4:38:190:21:14 
106163COYLE JesseMOBIUS BRIDGELANEAUS4:38:190:21:14 
107135* ROBERGE AdamSILBER PRO CYCLINGCAN4:38:190:21:14 
108146* GERVAIS LaurentAEVOLOCAN4:38:190:21:14 
1096PATE DannyRALLY CYCLINGUSA4:38:190:21:14 
110107SCHMITT MorganHOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOEUSA4:38:190:21:14 
1114MAGNER TylerRALLY CYCLINGUSA4:38:190:21:14 
        
 Riders dropping out      
 104GOMEZ PEÑALOZA Bryan SteveHOLOWESKO CITADEL pb ARAPAHOECOL   
 117* RODRIGUEZ VICTORIA Jose AlfredoELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGMEX   
 155RAVELO AVILA Cristhian David303 PROJECTCOL   
 166CARMAN BenMOBIUS BRIDGELANEAUS   
        
 The following competitors were signed out from the race:      
No.UCI CodeTeamCountryReason   
11110051994206ELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLINGCANNot signed in   
16210046246045MOBIUS BRIDGELANEAUSNot signed in   
(Visited 206 times, 1 visits today)

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here