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Title: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on July 24, 2018, 19:44
Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah

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True to its nickname as “America’s Toughest Stage Race," the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will dish out 536 miles of racing and 43,780 feet of elevation gain this summer.

The Tour of Utah course will offer a total of nine Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs. It is the fifth time in 14 years that the Tour has included more than 43,000 feet of climbing. The highest climb of the race comes on Stage 1 near the ski resort town of Brian Head at 10,600 feet above sea level. Returning to the Tour are the summits of three legendary climbs -- Mount Nebo, Little Cottonwood Canyon and Empire Pass, the latter two classified as Hors Category (HC, or beyond classification). Mount Nebo is the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range. The six-mile ascent of Little Cottonwood Canyon will take riders to the “Queen Stage” finish at Snowbird Resort on Stage 5 and the seven-mile incline across Empire Pass with pitches of more than 20 percent will set up the showdown in Park City for Stage 6 on the final day of racing.

Source (https://s3.amazonaws.com/tourofutah-rails/press_centers/documents/000/000/172/original/Release_-_2018_Route_Announce_6-6-18_maplink.pdf?1528309948)

Prologue  »  St. George  ›  St. George   (5.3km)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2uivtky.png)

They just can't resist a squashy cat in Utah. A prologue this time. The first one since 2011 when Henao was the name on everyone's lips.

Stage 1  »  Cedar City  ›  Cedar City   (162.5km)

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Very similar to stage 1 in 2014 when Hofland won a large group sprint.

Stage 2  »  Payson City  ›  Payson City   (142.6km)

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DNF Morton won this stage the previous two times, but he won't be back this year.

Stage 3  »  Antelope Island  ›  Layton City   (167.4km)

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Stage 4  »  Salt Lake City  ›  Salt Lake City   (110.1km)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/wgypdt.png)

Very similar circuit to last year's entertaining final stage. The important difference is that the finishing line is now potentially within reach of more of the quick guys (only McCabe and Canola were able to get in the mix in 2017).

Stage 5  »  Canyons Village  ›  Snowbird   (152.6km)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/34zj81w.png)

Back to the pre-2017 configuration of Guardsman Pass ----------> Snowbird. Last year they went over American Fork Canyon instead which meant 30km of flat before the final climb.

Stage 6  »  Park City  ›  Park City  (123.4km)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/15q3dwn.png)

It's back. :)


Previous Winners
2008 Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
2009 Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Rock Racing
2010 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Mellow Johnny's
2011 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
2012 Johann Tschopp (SUI) BMC Racing Team
2013 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
2014 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
2015 Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale - Garmin
2016 Lachlan Morton (AUS) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
2017 Rob Britton (CAN) Rally Cycling

Official Website (https://www.tourofutah.com/)
Official Twitter (https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/with_replies)
Startlist (https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-of-utah/2018/startlist)
#TOU18 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/tou18?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash)
Tour Tracker (http://tourtracker.tourofutah.com/)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on July 24, 2018, 19:52
Competing teams:

UCI WorldTour

• BMC Racing Team (USA)
• EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale (USA)
• Mitchelton-Scott (Australia)
• Trek-Segafredo (USA)
• Team LottoNL-Jumbo (Netherlands)

UCI Pro Continental

Bardiani CSF (Italy)
• Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)
• Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources (USA)
• Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
• Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini (Italy)
• Rally Cycling (USA)
• UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

UCI Continental

• 303 Project (USA)
• Aevolo Cycling (USA)
• Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling (USA)
• Jelly Belly Cycling Team p/b Maxxis (USA)
• Silber Pro Cycling (Canada)
• mobius BridgeLane (Australia)

mobius replaced Bardiani who couldn't afford to come.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 25, 2018, 00:45
I can't believe it's already time for this again. Wow.

Quite the course profile on pretty much every stage. It's beautiful out there. I've never biked but I've skied at Snowbird and Alta. Nothing like those mountain-top views. Absolutely breathtaking.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on July 27, 2018, 18:29
#holowesko

http://www.hincapieracing.com/double-time/

TJ Eisenhart
Brayan Sanchez
Bryan Gomez
Ruben Companioni
Andrei Krasilnikau
Andrew Dahlheim
Joe Lewis

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DiltIS2VAAAVJ3r.jpg)

11th last year for Eisenhart, but with more WT teams this year he may struggle to even match that.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 02, 2018, 18:22
#elevate

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjmyeKtUwAEXHVh.jpg)

Piccolo was 10th last year, but his climbing in the main was pushing the top-5.

#trek

https://twitter.com/TrekSegafredo/status/1025029779001626629

Stetina had a poor California. Pressure will be on to perform. Could Conci or Eg do better?

#bmc

https://www.bmc-switzerland.com/int-en/experience/the-feedzone/ambitious_bmc_racing_team_roster_set_for_the_larry_h_miller_tour_of_utah/

Tom Bohli (SUI)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Alexander Evans (AUS)
Kilian Frankiny (SUI)
Freddy Ovett (AUS)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Tejay van Garderen (USA)

A strong team, but does it contain the winner?
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: M Gee on August 02, 2018, 23:37
I can't believe it's already time for this again. Wow.

Quite the course profile on pretty much every stage. It's beautiful out there. I've never biked but I've skied at Snowbird and Alta. Nothing like those mountain-top views. Absolutely breathtaking.
When I was a kid, we went skiing every chance we got. That was in NH. A few years later, when I was grown enough to be on my own, I went to work out west. Drove out. On the way, I stopped at some ski mountain and rented some skis. Talk about breathtaking! I got to the top of the lift, and felt like I was looking straight down forever. It certainly took my breath away, and my courage. I have to admit, I got back on the lift, and never went skiing again. The scale is just completely different. My loss perhaps.

It was in later years that I got big into cycling and started racing. I've never seen a ROAD that I was too scared of to take on - but I've seen plenty of mountain courses where I would not go - not ever. In part because I can handle a bike well enough on pavement, but all those rocks and cliffs require more agility than I ever had.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: M Gee on August 04, 2018, 00:55
. . .

DNF Morton won this stage the previous two times, but he won't be back this year.

 . . .

Whatever happened to him? I don't recall hearing his name in a while.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2018, 09:16
Whatever happened to him? I don't recall hearing his name in a while.

Riding for #didata .

Not so many DNFs these days, but unable to translate his Jelly Belly form into anything of note in the WT. Pretty much any result he has ever got has been in the US. Just seems unable to make that step up to the next level.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2018, 09:55
#uhc

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Djs8eziXgAMTBqz.jpg)

The soft deadline had passed for the team without any news of potential future sponsors, so this is a good shop window for the riders to show what they can do.

To be honest though even the best that their top riders (Mannion, Tvetcov and McCabe) can probably hope for is a sideways (or very slightly upwards) transfer to Rally or Holowesko. I can't see the European PCT teams being overly interested unless it's Mannion to Aquablue.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2018, 15:32
#nippo

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjwHYf5XgAIe5XJ.jpg)

All about Santaromita really. Ponzi has had a poor year and Cima is still very young.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2018, 20:21
Since there are a fair few Mexicans in the start list here, this is quite a timely article.

https://www.velonews.com/2018/08/from-the-mag/mexican-cycling-falls-short-in-developing-homegrown-talent_473966
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2018, 07:37
#academy

https://twitter.com/LuisE_Lemus/status/1025906689101332480

Hermans must be one of the favourites coming after his win in Austria. It's been a while since he raced here with BMC, but came fourth on that occasion and has been out in Utah training since at least the 28th.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2018, 20:52
#aevolo

https://aevolocycling.exposure.co/full-steam-ahead-aevolo-motivated-for-tour-of-utah

Laurent Gervais
Alex Hoehn
Luis Villalobos
Fernando Islas
Gage Hecht
Lance Haidet
Michael Hernandez

Lots of talent here to keep an eye on. The team won a clean sweep at the US U23 championships recently winning the crit, TT and RR titles, but it's worth noting that Hagens Berman only sent 1 rider. Apropos the article above they also include two of the Mexicans that are competing. Both did benefit from some junior racing in Europe, but whether that was financed by the Mexican Federation or off their own bat I don't know.

#jumbo

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dj1CI4HWsAEOeaM.jpg)

Powless was another one who had a poor California. Outperformed on that occasion by babyface Toelhok. Could it be Bouwman's turn to do the same here.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2018, 20:57
https://twitter.com/velonews/status/1026191801705623552

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The action gets underway on Monday in St. George, which sits in a desert valley near the Arizona border. Temperatures are expected to climb well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately for the Utah peloton, it won’t be long before the race climbs to higher altitudes, where — hopefully — cooler weather and compelling racing awaits

:flustered
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2018, 21:04
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2z8t1ee.png)

Some handy info on the start and finish times for each stage. I think you need to add on 7 hours for UK time and 8 for continental Europe. So early evening finish for the prologue, but everything else is past a lot of folk's bedtimes.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2018, 08:25
Okay, enough with the roster news.

Leadbelly's Leading Lights

:onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1

Woods

:onfire1 :onfire1

Haig
Van Garderen
Hermans
Britton

The prologue is on road bikes, but TJ should still be able to put 20+ seconds into most of his competitors. However I just can't see him being able to defend that kind of lead.

My instincts said to put Britton on one star, but that seemed overly harsh for the defending champ. We'll have to see how he gets on.

:onfire1

Powless
Mannion
Piccoli
Tvetcov

There are plenty of other top-ten candidates, but these are the ones I can see challenging for the top-5.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2018, 08:42
Sprinting Stars

Three potential sprints, but there's no guarantee that all the fast men will be there to contest them. Climbing + altitude + heat could claim some victims before the finishing line.

:onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1

Philipsen

Should be the quickest, but there are other guys who can climb a bit better.

:onfire1 :onfire1

Magner
McCabe
Cote

McCabe is definitely one who should be able to contest all three stages (assuming a break doesn't take it).

:onfire1

Rodriguez
Avila
Reijnen

Not exactly the deepest sprinting field. Even someone like Howes might fancy his chances for a top-5.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: search on August 06, 2018, 09:02
Not exactly the deepest sprinting field. Even someone like Howes might fancy his chances for a top-5.

the PCS "Top sprinters" statistic has #jumbo Maarten Wynants in 2nd :D
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2018, 20:40
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dj73lurU0AAuMIF.jpg)



A BMC 1-2-3 isn't that much of a surprise. What is though, is 6 EF-Drapac riders in the top-21, including such TT luminaries as Woods, Dombro and Carthy. Must have had their Weetabix this morning.

I think pretty much all of the serious GC guys are within twenty seconds of TJ. Nobody of real note lost out big time.

Oh yeah, Brayan TTs as well as his brother.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 06, 2018, 21:40
I missed the live feed (because I'm an idiot) but I do love the absence of TT bikes for the prologue.  :)

I really do wish that TT bikes were banned from road racing altogether. But I digress...

Looks it was a scorcher today, with temps supposedly up to 107F/41C?!  :o

I'm also encouraged (as I mention in the chat) that Todd Gogulski sounds to be one of the commentators. I've always enjoyed his insight. I used to love his commentary on the Giro back when Universal Sports was still a thing, and cycling was actually accessible to me through conventional cable TV.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Joelsim on August 06, 2018, 22:19
Damn, I came on to say Brayan TTs as well as his brother...
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 08, 2018, 05:37
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkCeb5OUwAAQymn.jpg)

Very easy for McCabe in the end. The people who might have given him something serious to think about (Philipsen, Magner and Cote) were all 16+ minutes back down the road.

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 08, 2018, 05:38
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvN4cjhwxvU
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 08, 2018, 14:29
Nice of them to include slo-mo footage of the ever-classic Bell Lap Victory. :win  :S :shh

I would not want to be "that guy."  :D

That seems to happen every year at one of these races. You'd think they be speaking to at least one teammate in the run-up to the line? Not an enviable position to find oneself in.


Oh boy, I only just realized that the very moment of glory is actually captured in the thumbnail for that video. Poor dude.  :-x
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 08, 2018, 18:23
There were a few teams who might be a bit peeved after that stage. Aevolo and Mobius both missed out on the break. Creed tried to make an excuse about a rider getting a puncture at the wrong moment, but Andreu correctly poo-pooed that.

The biggest loser however would have to be Elevate. Their best rider Piccoli was a DNS due to fever/illness and then their sprinter Rodriguez was a DNF. Maybe Frayre or Cheyne can do something to rescue the race for them.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 08, 2018, 18:33
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkFalvtUUAAU89e.jpg)

On the menu for today.

This is what happened in 2016....



....and in 2014.

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 08, 2018, 22:24
According to Twitter, it appears that Sepp Kuss is going to win tomorrow as well.  :D

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1027301817640599552
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2018, 05:37
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkHhsZdUUAEHXev.jpg)

Very impressive from Kuss. Attacked from the peloton, well it must have been ~12km from the summit, and just kept on going. Woods and then Dombrowski both tried to bridge, but neither could make it. A couple of others tried to get away on the descent, but from what I understand Bookwalter brought them back.

30 seconds definitely isn't game over.



Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2018, 17:39
https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/1027561615863017472

I wondered what had happened.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2018, 18:19
https://twitter.com/VincentMGee/status/1027437727539589121
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 10, 2018, 02:42
Friday's Stage 4, for what looks like such a silly race profile, might be fun to watch. For those attending, with a good position to view from, it could definitely be rewarding.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/wgypdt.png)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WK7KRkpwF0


So ten laps around the capital of Salt Lake City. Each lap 6.8 miles/ 11km. With what looks like a nice, punchy climb each time around. Should make for some nice aggressive racing.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 10, 2018, 05:31
https://twitter.com/dustinbessette/status/1027668488817659904

Philipsen beaten fair and square. Didn't see that happening.

Break took a long time to establish yesterday. It was a strong one and a lot of teams had representation, but with Britton only 2 minutes down in the GC, they were never going to be given enough rope.

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2018, 05:35
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkSVipmVAAAzHX3.jpg)

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2018, 05:35
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ejFJusJaoU
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 11, 2018, 13:19
Seven-man break rode idiotically and gave away their lead. They started playing around way too early, didn't cooperate, and gave up all the work they had put in. They were looking around with over 2k to go, so it's no wonder they got caught.

Nice throw-to-the-line by Jasper though.  :cool
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2018, 17:35
Was the stage a bit of a dud then? I only lasted a couple of laps last night, but I remember last year's one being quite exciting with lots of break action (attacks, reforming and repeat).
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 12, 2018, 00:52
Was the stage a bit of a dud then?

I had to step out with a few laps remaining, thinking I'd make it back before the end. I got back one minute after the winners crossed the line. :fp But from the replay it didn't seem all that engaging. If the break had held it may have made it more exciting, but they got closed down with about 400 meters to go, so it all happened very quickly.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 12, 2018, 01:35
Today's Stage 5 was much more entertaining though!  :cool

It seemed for awhile that nothing intriguing was going to unfold. The Guardsmans Pass proved to be too steep for any attacks, and the loooooong descent to the base of the Snowbird wasn't technical enough to allow for any separation. But once they reached the final climb, EF-Drapac put four riders on the front and tried to bully the peloton. It looked, for a brief moment, that it might be a testing ground. But all the while, Sepp Kuss carried on like he was enjoying a relaxed ride in the park and easily followed EF's lead.

Then when Drapac tried the tough-guy routine, pretending like they were Domo–Farm Frites on a Classics stage, trying to send one guy after another to snap the elastic, they were ones who ended up getting an "Education" as Super Sepp humiliated them with a casual attack of his own, and quickly put the insurgents in their place along with the rest of the field. 
:D

It was amazing how quickly, and seemingly effortlessly, he distanced everyone, with the minor exception of Ben Hermans who valiantly held onto to a distant second place.

For those of us watching live, it was disappointing that the camera crew/director made zero effort to show any images of the peloton implosion that was taking place. The cameras followed Kuss all the way to the line, with occasional updates on the laboring Hermans who was mostly over a minute behind the fearless leader. The field was getting decimated further back, but we were never allowed even a glimpse—even though Kuss had launched himself with over 8km remaining. But it was truly impressive to witness the ease with which he mostly carried himself all the way to victory. Even after crossing the line, he looked ready to do it all over again.

Barring any serious setbacks, he seems well poised to seal the overall tomorrow. He's on another level than any of his challengers. He looked so fresh and spry today, and seemed to have plenty left in the tank for one more assertive ride tomorrow. No one looks even close to threatening him on GC.

It was mildly amusing to watch the shattered remains of the entire field trickle in at the finish, almost exclusively one at a time. It was as if there were two different races taking place, or as if a sportive had just followed in the wake of the pros.
 :P

(https://s27394.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/KussCelebrateUtah5_081118-046-560x315.jpg)






Oh, TeJay finished the stage, too. Eventually. Over seven minutes back.



I've no idea how I pulled off that little pcs trick, because I haven't the slightest idea how that even works. It was just a little copy/paste with a lucky guess.
 ;)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2018, 08:59
Frankiny had a great ride too yesterday. In the break all day and despite only having 30 seconds or something (memory could be playing tricks there) at the bottom, still managed to finish 15th only 3m05 down.

I have bigged up Kuss in the past, but I'm being careful about reading to much into one race. Dombro did something very similar (maybe even more impressive) back in 2015 and he's gone on to do very little. I don't want to say "Let's see him do it in Europe first", but maybe "Let's see him do it at 1000m+ lower down".

TJ wasn't the biggest loser of the day. Mannion was at 13m59 down. Funnily enough that doesn't get a mention on the UHC race report.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 13, 2018, 01:40
Once again, Sepp Kuss  #jumbo animates the stage at just the right time to seize the day and cement his GC dominance.

The fun started on the final climb up Empire Pass. Kuss had run out of teammates by that point, which perhaps emboldened Jack Haig  #mitchelton to challenge Sepp and make a jump. Apparently Jack hadn't consulted with EF-Drapac  #efd on the futility of such a move, as Kuss easily matched the effort only to leave Haig in his re-view mirror. At the time, Frankie Andreu's TourTracker advice was for Kuss to sit tight and just follow wheels, as the time gaps were in his favor. Fortunately Sepp didn't have Frankie's voice in his audio feed. It wasn't long before Kuss reeled in Nate Brown's  #efd solo effort up ahead as the summit approached.

By now it was raining at the finish, which meant the last 10km or so would be on wet roads. Kuss had the advantage of a sufficient time gap to allow him to gently work his way down the slick twists and turns of the descent, while frequently checking behind on the status of Jack Haig who had, by now, been joined by a determined Brent Bookwalter  #bmc.

With the duo in hot pursuit, Kuss was forced to keep a nervous eye on the road behind him, and it looked, ever-so-briefly, on the final ascent to the line, that the stage might be up for grabs. But Kuss was just too strong out of the saddle, and comfortably crossed the finish line, arms outstretched, with his third stage win of the race, and the overall lead secured. And for good measure, he also captured the mountains classification.  #yellow  #blue
 :cool

(https://www.sltrib.com/resizer/T8NITPe8-TEceoryC8R1cZnw73w=/0x600/smart/filters:quality(86)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-sltrib.s3.amazonaws.com/public/ZICQ3ZTIEJERTOVQLP2VTLCTX4.jpg)



Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 13, 2018, 02:10
For the life of me, I can't figure out how to post the GC results with the pcs tag.
Help, please.  :)



A nice little epilogue to this cycling adventure though:

Kuss set to make grand tour debut at 2018 Vuelta (https://www.velonews.com/2018/08/news/kuss-set-to-make-grand-tour-debut-at-2018-vuelta-says-lotto-ds_474545)  :snooty

Quote
According to LottoNL-Jumbo sports director Sierk Jan de Haan, it’s a decision that has been in the works for a little while.

“Our team, our directors, my colleagues, we decided this before Utah so we already saw that he was growing and doing well,” de Haan told VeloNews in Utah. “But what he performed here, it’s overwhelming.”

“When I found out that it [the Vuelta] was kind of in the cards a few months ago, it definitely gave me a lot of motivation,” Kuss said after Sunday’s stage in Utah.

“It’s going to be super hard. I’ve never done anything like it so I’ll just take it week by week and see how I feel about it.”
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2018, 05:35
Nice write ups the past couple of days Drumbo. :cool

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to post the GC results with the pcs tag.
Help, please.  :)

We can't anymore, but the final stage result does include the GC/KoM/Points tabs unlike the earlier stages.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 13, 2018, 07:18
We can't anymore, but the final stage result does include the GC/KoM/Points tabs unlike the earlier stages.

Well so it does!  :cool I hadn't realize that those links were active within the screenshot.  :)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: search on August 13, 2018, 07:41
The GC code is always the number of the final stage +1

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2018, 19:06
The GC code is always the number of the final stage +1

I was almost certain that it had been changed.

On one hand I can see that it works for Utah here, but I just tried it for Portugal and no dice.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2018, 19:13
https://twitter.com/velonews/status/1028713150391013377
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2018, 10:36
A few ruminations.

#1

#uhc

To be honest though even the best that their top riders (Mannion, Tvetcov and McCabe) can probably hope for is a sideways (or very slightly upwards) transfer to Rally or Holowesko.

I did mention in race chat that I'd slightly changed my view on one rider and that would obviously be 2x stage winner McCabe. EF-Drapac do shop at the lower end of the market and even if he continued to not show much in Europe, he could get home wins here in Utah and Colorado and be in the mix in California.

#2

#axeon need some climbers.

They had a win and a second place from Philipsen, but for me they had a fairly anonymous race. They probably were involved in some of the breaks, but I'm struggling to remember it. To be fair this wasn't there strongest team. The Oliveiras are in Glasgow, Bjerg was in Denmark, but where was their best climber Almeida? Surely this would have been decent prep for l'Avenir?

Anyway for me they need to make the team a bit more rounded in 2019. Merckx did just start following Villalobos on Twitter......