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Title: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 03, 2019, 10:18
Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 12th - 18th August

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_banners/19088290/1469826585/600x200)

2019 is the 15th year for the men’s cycling stage race, known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” which will challenge the professional athletes with seven heart-pounding days of racing. The 2019 event will be held Aug 12-18, covering 477 miles of racing and 37,882 feet of elevation gain.

New territory will be covered on four days of racing, beginning with the mountain Prologue at Snowbird Resort that is perched at 8,000 feet above sea level. A few firsts also include circuits in North Logan City and North Salt Lake, and a challenging climb up and over the Olympic Parkway at Utah Olympic Park. Returning to the Tour are the summits of two legendary climbs -- Powder Mountain and Empire Pass -- both rated as HC, or beyond classification. Back by popular demand is the downtown Salt Lake City circuit race, held in the evening with eight laps past the Utah State Capitol and City Creek Canyon.

Source (https://s3.amazonaws.com/tourofutah-rails/press_centers/documents/000/000/203/original/Release_-_2019_Route_Announce_477_Miles_6-5-19F2.pdf?1559763569)

Prologue  »  Snowbird  ›  Snowbird   (5.3km)

(https://i.imgur.com/kZS7XMK.png)

More climbing in this year's prologue that last's, but the same winner wouldn't surprise.

Stage 1  »  North Logan  ›  North Logan   (139.9km)

(https://i.imgur.com/BnZQALk.png)

A new finish for the race in North Logan and it doesn't look easy. Not much time to recover inbetween each ascent.

Stage 2  »  Brigham City  ›  Powder Mountain   (135.8km)

(https://i.imgur.com/BlPV3yG.png)

First time they've been back to Powder Mountain since 2014 when Danielson won. There were big gaps that day.

Stage 3  »  Antelope Island  ›  North Salt Lake   (138.3km)

(https://i.imgur.com/1o4yj3N.png)

Another new finishing circuit which repeats somewhat the formula of stage 1. A tough short climb with not much recovery time. The difference is the finish line location in relation to the climb.

Stage 4  »  Salt Lake City  ›  Salt Lake City   (86.5km)

(https://i.imgur.com/B4UKxGj.png)

Third time in a row for this circuit. The finish line position looks to be back in it's 2017 placement which should rule out a lot of the sprinters.

Stage 5  »  Canyons Village  ›  Canyons Village   (128km)

(https://i.imgur.com/EllSaMp.png)

The third new finish.

Stage 6  »  Park City  ›  Park City  (125.9km)

(https://i.imgur.com/8lJdbSv.png)

Needs no introduction.

If you didn't actually look at the profiles, but just saw the length of each stage (all under 150km) and the amount of climbing in each one (all pretty low except 2 and 6 and they only have 2230m and 3051m respectively), you might think it's not going to be a tough race.

What climbing there is though is mainly towards the end of the stages, add in some altitude, those tough circuits and Powder Mountain and you have a race which should be interesting every day.

Previous Winners
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
2018 Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo

Official Website (https://www.tourofutah.com/)
Official Twitter (https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/with_replies)
Startlist (https://firstcycling.com/race.php?r=119&y=2019&k=start)
#TOU2019 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/tou2019?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash)
Tour Tracker (http://tourtracker.tourofutah.com/)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 03, 2019, 10:24


It fits in!

This is just provisional at the moment, but I can't see there being too many changes as most of the teams will be over there already doing some altitude preparation.

You can see a few stagiaires and new signings.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 03, 2019, 10:31
Stage start and finish times:

(https://i.imgur.com/BYXX20Q.png)

Add on 7hrs for the UK and 8 for continental Europe.

Stages 4 and 5 will be far too late for most. :zzz2
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 03, 2019, 15:13
Nothing seems to mark the passage of time for me like these U.S. races. I can't believe it's that time of year again.

Some interesting names to keep track of here. I have to admit  :-x, I'm quite curious about the  #ef squad, and will want to pay attention to their daily progress.

And of course the temporarily rebranded #floyd (Worthy) team, and Travis McCabe, will keep my attention. :floyd

I also can't help but notice the irony of certain U.S. domestic pros who have, in the past, to me personally, spouted nothing but vitriol and contempt at the mere mention of Chris Horner's name, but now find themselves riding for Hincapie. (But that's another topic for another sub-forum).

Some of the Stage profiles are unintentionally amusing to me.
Stage 1 looks like something I might scribble on a piece of paper as a lark.
(https://i.imgur.com/BnZQALk.png)

Whereas Stage 3 looks the same stage after some pro took an eraser and modified the peaks more to their liking.  :D
(https://i.imgur.com/1o4yj3N.png)


Add on 7hrs for the UK and 8 for continental Europe.
Stages 4 and 5 will be far too late for most. :zzz2

 :P
(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/AncientNauticalAmericanavocet-small.gif)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2019, 22:41
#trek

https://racing.trekbikes.com/stories/trek-segafredo-men/trek-segafredo-adds-two-stagiaires

Nicolas Debeaumarché (FRA)
Niklas Eg (DEN)
Juan Pedro López (SPA)
Jacopo Mosca (ITA)
Kiel Reijnen (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA)

No Ciccone. He was at San Sebastian and did well there, but he's already got the Giro and Tour in his legs. He needs a bit of rest if he's going to be any use in the Italian Classics.

So I can't see the team being any real threat to EF on the road. However it's a good opportunity for Lopez and Eg to show what they can do.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2019, 20:29
#aevolo

https://twitter.com/Aevolo_Cycling/status/1159888875491221505

L'Avenir claims 4 Aevolo[1] riders (including Hecht) and that is why they have three stagiaires riding here - Schunk (ex-CCB), Brunner (ex-303) and McGill.

Hoehn, in his last year at U23, is probably the one to watch out for.
 1. Hagens Berman are providing none. Must be the team's choice to not allow them to participate
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2019, 20:36
https://twitter.com/1JillCaree/status/1159818264219799552

I don't know if the prologue is due to use this road or not, but the stage is in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

:onfire2
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2019, 20:48
#nippo

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBhbK-ZXYAAGvA9?format=jpg)

Canola is a previous winner of the Salt Lake City circuit stage.

#ef

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBhDIXRXsAAPety?format=jpg)

No TJ after all, which is probably bad news for other teams who want to challenge for the GC. Martinez is on the comeback trail after a crash in training derailed his hopes of riding in the Tour. He did just win the Pan Am Games TT in Lima, but that's not at altitude, so GC hopes might rest more on DNF Morton who I thought looked strong in California.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: LukasCPH on August 09, 2019, 22:33
L'Avenir claims 4 Aevolo[1] riders (including Hecht) and that is why they have three stagiaires riding here - Schunk (ex-CCB), Brunner (ex-303) and McGill.
 1. Hagens Berman are providing none. Must be the team's choice to not allow them to participate
Hmm. Brunner is under normal contract with the team (mid-season transfer from 303), but Schunk, as you say, raced with CCB when they were a Conti team last year - and that ought to preclude him from a stagiaire deal:
Quote
Trainees
2.17.008
In the period between 1 August* and 31 December, each UCI Continental team or UCI women’s continental team may engage two under-23 trainees on the following conditions:
- The rider may not previously have ridden for a UCI road team;
[...]

It appears the UCI has no objection to this - but whether that is because the US scene is a bit different or simply because nobody noticed that Schunk is technically ineligible is anyone's guess. :shh
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 10, 2019, 00:44
No TJ after all, which is probably bad news for other teams who want to challenge for the GC.

:slow I don't understand.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 10, 2019, 05:40
:slow I don't understand.

It was just an unsubtle jibe at TJ.

If he was riding and leading after the prologue the team would likely attempt (and fail) to protect his lead rather than attack.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 10, 2019, 18:58
#neri

https://twitter.com/WSFR_Cyclisme/status/1160129131784429568

......and a new kit.

There was also news this week of a contract renewal for Zardini with the team, so it looks like they're sticking around.

#academy

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1160158292603211776

Hermans
Avila
Boivin
Niv
Schreurs
Badilatti
Earle

Hermans is in good form after his knee injury earlier in the season and by Geeeeeek standards he has a team to support him this week.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 11, 2019, 01:38
Looks to me like a bit of a work in progress...

Prologue  »  Snowbird  ›  Snowbird   (5.3km)

(https://i.imgur.com/kZS7XMK.png)

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1397/1799/products/minimal_20line_20drawing_20of_20a_20lying_20down_20nude_20woman_600x.jpg?v=1559494510)

(https://cdn.clipart.email/a44814267517b1b143faf0629a51367e_13426541highjpg_1024-300.jpeg)

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2019, 20:18
It's one thing to see squashy cats in race profiles, it's something entirely different to be seeing naked women. :D
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2019, 20:31
#rally

https://rallyuhccycling.com/news/britton-aims-to-conquer-utah-again/

Britton
Mannion
Magner
Murphy
Oronte
Ellsay
Huffman

#bridgelane

https://twitter.com/TeamBridgeLane/status/1160533907411894273

Sunderland
Harper
Bowden
Toovey
McCormick
Lindorff
Cooper

A stage win would be a realistic target for the team.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2019, 20:56
 :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1

Morton and Martinez

Tbh I have real difficulty seeing anything other than a EF win here. Even Dombro could get in on the act.

 :onfire1 :onfire1

Hermans and Piccoli

Piccoli's not been out of the top-two in stage races this year and nearly pulled off a 120km solo win at the Nats. He'll be busting to show what he can do after illness ended his race last year before it even really got started.

 :onfire1

Britton, Quinn, Swirbul, Tvetcov, Bassett and Harper

Bassett is the man of the year. Nearly winning the Nats as an amateur. Let's see what he can do here. Out of interest his team mate at First Internet Bank Cycling, Matt Zimmer who's also had a great season, has been picked up by DCBank and will be here too.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 12, 2019, 02:22
I don't know if the prologue is due to use this road or not, but the stage is in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Looks like things are a go. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/landslide-nearly-scuttles-tour-of-utah-prologue/)  :cool

Quote
Some Tour of Utah midday activities ahead of the race were canceled Saturday before the road to Snowbird was reopened, according to race organisers, but the team presentation went off without a hitch.

Monday's 5.3km opener uses just a small section of Little Cottonwood Road. The course itself was not affected by the slides, but access to the course was cut off until Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1154109099497402372


Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2019, 09:15
https://twitter.com/One2Go_Results/status/1160693795312156673
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2019, 10:12
Am I right to be worried about the German team #dauner here?

A quick scan of their six riders on First shows a complete lack of climbing results. If there was a sprint day or two here I could understand their presence, but with the altitude/big climbs/tough circuits I fear for them.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 12, 2019, 13:42
They'll be riding the prologue on...road bikes, I hope? :pray
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 12, 2019, 15:30
Stage start and finish times:

For those playing along at home, first rider off the line is four hours from...now.

Tour Tracker goes live (http://tourtracker.tourofutah.com) (for those who aren't geo-restricted) 30 minutes before that. 
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: LukasCPH on August 12, 2019, 17:31
Am I right to be worried about the German team #dauner here?

A quick scan of their six riders on First shows a complete lack of climbing results. If there was a sprint day or two here I could understand their presence, but with the altitude/big climbs/tough circuits I fear for them.
It could be that they simply haven't ever done any climbing races - that happens sometimes with Conti teams.

But even if that is so, they are in for a rough week.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: search on August 12, 2019, 19:19
https://twitter.com/EFprocycling/status/1160947425336422400
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2019, 23:39
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBzLVJrU8AAgMsi?format=jpg)

I missed it unfortunately. I skimmed through a replay on the Eurosport Player, but was getting annoyed by Tony Gibb too much and the occasional missing time graphics at the finish.

Powerful showing from Piccoli.

Hermans, Morton, Dombro, Swirbul all gave good performances despite their normal lack of TT prowess.

Harper surprisingly bad.

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2019, 23:56
Dauner Watch

https://twitter.com/timdk79/status/1161011166879072256

Bauer was best on the day. Coming in 48s down.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 13, 2019, 00:58
New kit smileys just in time for the Top 10.  :P

 1. #elevate
 2. #ef
 3. #worthy
 4. #axeon
 5. #rally
 6. #rally
 7. #ef
 8. #academy
 9. #worthy
10. #worthy

 :)

-----------

As stated in the chat:
The Tour Tracker was a mess for me. Very spotty video, occasional audio, often wouldn't load at all.  :S

Not sure if something needs to be reconfigured on my end, but I've never had any problems with The Tracker before.

I'm watching the 2-hour evening re-broadcast right now that Fox Sports is offering every night a couple hours after the race finish. The late afternoon live-time is actually not that convenient for me, so if Tracker problems persist it will likely be these evening shows that I'll have to wait for. (Although Frankie Andreu always bores me to tears.)

I had higher hopes for (Arapahoe/Hincapie) Ben Wolfe (43rd @:40), but I hadn't realized the degree of difficulty as the road went up as much as it did early in the course. (Is there no smiley for George's team?)

Three in the Top Ten for Floyd's Boys, though!  :cool
#worthy  #worthy  #worthy
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2019, 09:02
https://twitter.com/U23CyclingZone/status/1161179870690512902

12th for the youngster yesterday.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2019, 09:37
Dauner rider Sven Thurau is doing a race diary for Radsport.

https://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_116641.htm

Quote
On Monday it was getting serious and we all felt great respect for the course even before the start, with a three-kilometer climb and then a fast descent. In addition, the race was started at an altitude of 2450 meters and you get hard in the basics area.

When the second driver had to vomit at the finish, we knew what was going on. I drove our team as the last driver and got the same tip from all teammates: at first not overpace!

They think today's stage is one that is suited to them.

The climb (1.2km at 8.2% allegedly) doesn't look too bad on Streetview tbh, but it's difficult to judge. It's on a straight road with not much in the landscape to gauge the gradient by. I guess we'll find out later.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 13, 2019, 13:39
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1154853923246575617

Not sure why they don't include the profile map in these previews. Then again, I don't understand a lot of the promo behind this race.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 14, 2019, 03:55
Mostly boring Stage 1, with an early break that broke, and then another break that broke the peloton and provided a surprise ending.

 #neri Played it perfectly in the final few kms, and took stage honors as a result.

Sebastian Schönberger launched an aggressive attack to the line which forced his breakaway companions to react, or watch him win. As his effort was shut down, teammate Umberto Marengo took full advantage and rocketed past #ef Lawson Craddock,  #academy Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas, #303 Griffin Easter and  #axeon João Almeida  to take what was a surprisingly emotional win for both himself and his team #neri.

Maybe it's just the Italian flare on display, but you'd think they'd just won the Queen stage of the Giro by their reaction. The Tour Tracker commentators claimed it was 27-year-old Marengo's first professional win (which might explain the dramatic display) but PCS has him also listed as having won the 2017»8th Challenge du Prince - Trophée de l'Anniversaire (whatever that might be).

But his teammates and staff appeared equally invested in this Utah victory. It was nice to see how much it meant to them, even if it left me a bit bewildered.

#worthy turned out to be not so much on this stage, as they allowed the late break to steal the day. With Travis McCabe leading in the peloton behind, they must be left wondering what could have been.

In other news...
As  #elevate James Piccoli made a valiant effort to overcome a late mechanical and make his way back to the bunch, it turns out that he spent a bit too much time behind team vehicles in defense of his  #yellow. Lawson Craddock (another 27-years-old on the podium) nabbed himself his first leader's jersey by coming in second on the stage, and although Piccoli was originally listed as being in 2nd place, and six seconds back on GC, the judges have since relegated him to 13th after slapping a twenty second time penalty on him for his 4-wheeled drafting.

Piccoli is likely to make up for it on Stage 2, however, as gaps will be more significant on Powder Mountain.

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1161409712140591104

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1161422279974084609
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 14, 2019, 04:08
Stage 2 Preview
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1155223968334471180
(https://i.imgur.com/BlPV3yG.png)



[I'm going to bury the other stage previews here as well, so I don't have to keep searching back through Twitter each day. I'll shuffle them around as needed on a daily basis]
Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: search on August 14, 2019, 09:00
Umberto Marengo took full advantage and rocketed past #ef Lawson Craddock,  #academy Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas, #303 Griffin Easter and  #axeon João Almeida  to take what was a surprisingly emotional win for both himself and his team #neri.

I don't know much about him, but he won lots of amateur races over the past two years, so I guess he put quite a big effort into this "finally turning pro" thing. Usually no one picks you up at age 27 anymore, so first achieving that, and then even winning a high level stage must be quite a relief for him.

#elevate Piccoli got a 20s penalty for drafting by the way, which means he (for the moment) drops back to 13th in GC
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2019, 09:52
https://twitter.com/NeriSelleItalia/status/1161404364998795276



A crash in the peloton right at the end took out Canola and Reijnen. The American took a long time to get up. Trek say nothing is broken, but he's unlikely to start today.

The big loser again from the GC guys was Harper. He must be ill or summat.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: search on August 14, 2019, 12:53
First time they've been back to Powder Mountain since 2014 when Danielson won. There were big gaps that day.

...and they have added an additional section above the tree line (of 2.2 km length) in the end. In 2014 it topped at ~2500m

(https://i.imgur.com/eBsFXq9.png)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 14, 2019, 12:57
...and they have added an additional 2km in the end. In 2015 it topped at ~2500m

Did they truck more dirt to the top to make it go higher?

Or some other method?  :P

(https://media.wired.com/photos/59327f09a312645844995629/master/w_582,c_limit/IMG_5905.jpg)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2019, 16:47
Dauner Diary

https://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_116653.htm

I saw Bauer on the final lap at the back of the peloton on the climb, but he managed to hang in there and contest the sprint.

The riding right at the front of the peloton didn't seem to be punishment from Ciolek. Thurau says "As we learned in hindsight, we were able to see it in Eurosport's TV broadcast for quite some time". ;)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2019, 18:12
One person who shouldn't be fazed by today's finishing climb is Keegan Swirbul.

(https://i.imgur.com/YXDYoV9.png)

Back at the end of July he won the Mount Evans Hill Climb. If you can't remember it's a 44km climb up the highest paved road in the States. It starts at 2300m (!) and finishes at 4300m (!!!).

He finished just ahead of team mate Tvetcov and then there was a bit of a gap back to Bassett, Hoehn and Morton. Some clues maybe as to how today will pan out.

Just for some comparison, his time was still 2m30 down on the record of Danielson from back in 2004.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2019, 19:59
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1161711960381149186
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 15, 2019, 04:57
I missed it live, but watched the evening broadcast on Fox Sports without a clue as to what had transpired.

That was some sloooooow uphill racing. Add to that the extremely sparse roadside fans (only two or three in view at a time, mostly) and it felt like witnessing a practice run.

Fox Sports has Steve Brown (?) and Todd Gogulski in the booth, who I'm generally a fan of, as he's been there, done that, and offers some very legitimate race analysis. However, it tends to be somewhat humorless and dry—a bit like the end of today's stage atop Powder Mountain.

They did offer an interesting comparison to Alpe d'Huez (of course), after a few testimonials from riders as to how daunting the Powder Mountain finale really is. Gogulski himself did a recon of it for the cameras as well.

By the numbers (or their numbers, at least):
(It's too late for me to remember how to insert a proper table)

Climb Powder Mountain / Alpe d'Huez
Length 13.84 km ----------------13.84 km
Gradient 9%/16% ---------------8%/13%
Elev. Gain 1179 meters ----------1124 meters
Elev. at Top 2694 meters -------1850 meters

The dirt/gravel section at the very end was only a couple of hundred meters, and appeared to be more ceremonial than decisive in any way. But the climb itself proved to be quite decisive.

Peter Stetina #tdftrek launched the first assertive attack with 7.3 km remaining which prompted Joe Dombrowski #ef to follow suit. He was soon joined by Niklas Eg  #tdftrek, James Piccoli #elevate, and Ben Hermans #academy.

It wasn't long before Piccoli and Hermans distanced themselves from the others, only to catch, and immediately pass, Stetina with seeming ease. Piccoli applied the pressure, and it looked like he was in control. In the next breath, the moto reporter relayed that Piccoli had given him "The Look" as he passed by, which conveyed, to him, that Piccoli  "owned" this race. A thought reinforced by Gogulski as he felt that Piccoli would have the better sprint to the line if it came down to it.

But alas, before any further analysis could unfold, Ben Hermans (wearing a black armband in tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht) let it be known the he owned the day, as he distanced his breakaway partner at around 3.5 km to go, and never looked back. The gaps between the final five riders remained around 20 to 30 seconds for each of them, and fairly represented the GC rankings at the end of the day.

(http://www.content.granfondoguide.com/images/gf-2019-tou-stage2-winner.png)

Hermans not only took the stage win for his efforts, but secured the Leader's Jersey over Piccoli by 22 seconds in the GC. Previous leader Lawson Craddock #ef was 12th on the stage +3:10, and ended up 9th overall +2:56.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EB98AeiU8AAfhjy?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 15, 2019, 05:28


Being in the BOTD proved a rather costly effort. Five of the six riders involved finished up OTL. Austin Stephens was the only one who lived to fight another day.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 15, 2019, 14:19
Stage 3 Preview
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1156673503111856128

(https://i.imgur.com/1o4yj3N.png)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 16, 2019, 00:48
Stage 3 had a good, aggressive finish.

Lawson Craddock #ef took the reins in the final few Ks, and looked to be making a bid for a stage win. He and Kyle Murphy #rally held off ten determined pursuers, including James Piccoli  #elevate and Ben Hermans #academy, long enough to create some excitement.

Then Craddock broke loose and struggled desperately to be the first one over the summit of the final climb, hoping for an unhindered descent to the finish. But Ben Hermans once again had plans of his own. After comfortably following Piccoli's wheel, Hermans launched another dominant attack, for the second day in a row, that left everyone in his wake as he easily caught, and passed, Craddock just before the cresting the final uphill section. From there it was smooth sailing to the finish line, with a gap of over five seconds,  for his second consecutive stage win.

There's no doubt who the strongest rider is in this year's Tour of Utah.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECC9t38VUAAAakh?format=jpg&name=small)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 16, 2019, 05:57
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 16, 2019, 14:53
Stage 4 Preview
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1158077494936965120

Stage 4  »  Salt Lake City  ›  Salt Lake City   (86.5km)
(https://i.imgur.com/B4UKxGj.png)


Late stage this evening for most. Should be a short one though.

For me, this is about the same time I usually watch the TV re-broadcast, should I see be able to watch it live in its entirety. Tour Tracker goes live for me 7:30 pm. Although I'm just now seeing that TV coverage begins at 8:00 pm, so maybe that'll be live too? I guess I'll find out.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 17, 2019, 03:48
Stage 4 winner...

 *nz Heyden McCormick! (Team BridgeLane) :win

(https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/riders/bp/da/hayden-mccormick-2019.jpg)


















...of the Bell Lap.  :-x :lll :flustered
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjScyiiXcAI0Qao.jpg)


Poor dude. He was super aggressive in the final descent prior to the line—serious super-tuck while pedaling the whole way. He managed a gap over the peloton, and went all out. Only to raise his arms in the air...for what was only the start of the final lap. 
:S

But there may be more to it than what was immediately apparent.
https://twitter.com/TimBonvilleGinn/status/1162541001023664128

You have to feel for anyone putting on such a public display, only to have their dreams dashed in front of the finish-line crowd, with all the cameras rolling. If the bell was rung incorrectly ahead of time, then it's really hard to fault him, especially with all the noise of the finishing area only adding to any confusion.
 :(

If it's any consolation though, Hayden was awarded the Most Aggressive Rider jersey on the day. Hard to argue with that, I suppose.

All's well that ends well?
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECJAvwgVAAAP654?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 17, 2019, 04:38
If you prefer a more detailed account of Stage 4, I would recommend perusing what was very active Live Chat from last night.
 :P


It was pretty much straight-up racing right from the start. No neutral zone, just go, go, go.

Travis McCabe #worthy was active in the intermediate sprints, earning valuable points along the way.

Various breaks came and went. But once the final lap had been agreed upon by all, it seemed that McCabe would finally have his day in the (setting) Utah sun. Teammate Serghei Tevetcov well earned his pay, applying pressure, keeping the pace high, and staying active in the breaks at several points in the race.

When it came down the final upward sprint to the line, Travis had good position and the finish in sight. But from a few positions back, and with a powerful and sustained effort, #nippo Marco Canola, still bandaged and bruised from his crash on Stage 1, stole the show in emphatic fashion. His team had worked hard all race, and now we know why.

1. Marco Canola #nippo
2. Travis McCabe #worthy
3. Brendan Rhim #arapahoe

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1162569530129784832

In spite of missing out at the line (again), Travis earned enough points throughout the day to take over the Sprinter's jersey.  :)

GC remained unchanged.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 17, 2019, 18:22
Some of the highlights from yesterday's stage. ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/SKBdDwM.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/8WhIXIe.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/TQ9L0Y5.png)



Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 17, 2019, 18:49
4.2km at 6.3% sounds easy enough, but it's tougher than it looks.

https://twitter.com/mycolsapp/status/1162762765548888064
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 17, 2019, 19:23
Stage 5 Preview
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1159966703767437312

Stage 5  »  Canyons Village  ›  Canyons Village   (128km)
(https://i.imgur.com/EllSaMp.png)
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 18, 2019, 01:34
Not too much to report on.

Yesterday's hero, Hayden McCormick (Team BridgeLane) scored a hat trick by collecting all the top KOM points today. He was motivated after yesterday's unintentional media attention, and showed good legs throughout.

Travis McCabe #worthy kept the Sprint Jersey, and Ben Hermans #academy easily defended Yellow, putting more time into his GC rivals in the final uphill push to the line.

João Almeida #axeon held onto his Best Young Rider jersey, and Lachlan Morton #ef was awarded Most Aggressive.

Speaking of Hayden McCormick...

He and Lachlan Morton #ef struck out on the slopes of the final climb with about 7.5 km remaining, slowly reeling in the solo attack by McCormick's teammate Dylan Sunderland. After catching and dropping Sunderland, the duo worked well together, intent on keeping the rest of the chasers from spoiling their own podium ambitions. They then maintained their aggressive pace on the dirt road to the summit.

Some technical descending followed, with a near miss on one turn.
(They almost went the wrong way!  :o)

As the road turned up again towards the finish, Morton jumped from inside around a late bend from about 400 meters out. He powered up from long range, and juuuuuust beat a hard chasing McCormick to the line.

It would've been sweet vindication for the man from Team BridgeLane, but Morton was just too strong and timed his final attack well.

4.2km at 6.3% sounds easy enough, but it's tougher than it looks.
Indeed. It was.

Like I said, it was close. Very, very close.  *au vs  *nz
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECNb1T_U0AAyDDx?format=jpg&name=small)

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1162888557909819392

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1162890245706174469
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: LukasCPH on August 18, 2019, 16:48
Some of the highlights from yesterday's stage. ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/SKBdDwM.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/8WhIXIe.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/TQ9L0Y5.png)
So it was a sunny day? :D
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 18, 2019, 20:03
So it was a sunny day? :D

The later finishes for those two stages might be better timed for the viewing US population, but it comes with certain hazards. I have to say though I don't think I've ever seen race footage spoilt that badly (just to be clear, it was for a very short time and only at certain points on the circuit). Don't most cameras have some sort of filter to reduce those effects?

As for today's stage (just starting). Hermans hasn't looked in trouble so far, but from what I remember last year, he did struggle a bit on the Empire Pass climb and only regained his second spot in GC on the descent.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 18, 2019, 20:05
Forgot the results!

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 19, 2019, 03:06
I'm too tired and too preoccupied for detailed commentary this evening. Will try to offer something tomorrow as I could use a self-review of the final stage anyway.

25+ Ks of downhill in the latter part of the stage meant not much action until the road started to go up again.

Stage 6  »  Park City  ›  Park City  (125.9km)
(https://i.imgur.com/8lJdbSv.png)


But when it did, the race got sorted proper. I will say, 21-year-old  *pt João Almeida  #axeon rode very impressively. Smoothly pedaling his way up Empire Pass, with seemingly little effort, he showed himself to be a serious future contender.

In the end...
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1163228003154817024

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1163233167488106496

I was glad to see James Piccoli  #elevate being rewarded for his efforts. He put himself out there day after day. Nice to see him make more than one trip to the awards presentation.
https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1163226702098522112

https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1163232022862499840

Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 19, 2019, 09:29




I do worry a little bit about the future of the race.

It's a busy time of year with Binck Bank, ARoN, Burgos, Czech Tour and l'Avenir all going on at the same time and the effect of that was obvious in the amount of WT teams present and the drop off in level of riders this year. The thing is it could get worse in 2020 with the Olympics. I don't know the exact dates of the races in Tokyo, but even if it's several weeks apart from Utah it could still produce a knock-on effect as other races shuffle their positions a bit later in the calendar.

More positive news from earlier in the year was that two American races had applied for this new Pro Series or whatever it's called (the rebranded UCI ranking for HC). Utah must be one, so it's not all doom and gloom.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Leadbelly on August 19, 2019, 09:36
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1163283798848692224
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 19, 2019, 15:25
Riders hate dumb stages too. [Quote may have been embellished.]  :shh

Truer words were never spoken:
Quote
"Bike racing has a script," said EF Education First's Joe Dombrowski, winner of the final stage in Park City and third overall. "The breakaway goes away. Someone chases the breakaway. And if it's a stage where someone is pretty confident they can win, then they're going to bring the breakaway back, and they're going to race for the win.

"There's this whole period in between where we're just kind of riding around," Dombrowski said. "The longer the stage, the longer the amount of time we're just sort of riding around. It's not really interesting. In the Tour de France, that's when they start showing helicopter shots of castles and whatever else.

"So I think that having shorter stages is a good move, and I think we're seeing see other races doing that, too," he continued. "From my perspective, in this race there wasn't much time when we were sort of just noodling. At races when we are, I think it's kind of boring. I don't think it's particularly exciting for the people watching and, in the end, I don't think it really changes the result."
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: LukasCPH on August 19, 2019, 15:27
Some possible explanation for the weird #floyd --> #worthy name change:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/floyd-landis-tour-of-utah-demand-that-team-change-name-was-personal/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/floyd-landis-tour-of-utah-demand-that-team-change-name-was-personal/)

Landis says it was personal, that the race organisers didn't want his name on any equipment at their race.
Title: Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
Post by: Drummer Boy on August 19, 2019, 15:51
Some possible explanation for the weird #floyd --> #worthy name change:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/floyd-landis-tour-of-utah-demand-that-team-change-name-was-personal/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/floyd-landis-tour-of-utah-demand-that-team-change-name-was-personal/)

Quote
"I was back in Utah in 2009, I think, and I stayed with Greg Miller and his family," Landis said. "From what I understand he's told people, 'Floyd looked me in the eye and told me he didn't dope.' So maybe he's still bitter about that. But if that's the type of thing that gets you worked up, maybe cycling isn't the sport for you."
 :D
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"Frankly, it's why there's no money in cycling. It's ridiculous. People are always complaining why there's no money in cycling. But instead of doing this objectively and looking at the team's value, their making decisions on purely personal vendettas. Honestly, I've had enough of that in my life."
:floyd

#floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd

(https://www.outsideonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/migrated-images_parent/migrated-images_40/HomepageSlideshow_FloydLandis_062111_Article.jpg?itok=T04XipHn)