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[2.HC] Tour of Utah
« on: August 03, 2019, 10:18 »
Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 12th - 18th August



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.

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Prologue  »  Snowbird  ›  Snowbird   (5.3km)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



The third new finish.

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



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.

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #1 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 10:31 »
    Stage start and finish times:



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

    Stages 4 and 5 will be far too late for most. :zzz2
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #3 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.


    Whereas Stage 3 looks the same stage after some pro took an eraser and modified the peaks more to their liking.  :D



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

     :P
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #4 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #5 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
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #6 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
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 20:48 »
    #nippo



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

    #ef



    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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #8 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:
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    - 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
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #9 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #10 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #11 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

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    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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #12 on: August 11, 2019, 01:38 »
    Looks to me like a bit of a work in progress...

    Prologue  »  Snowbird  ›  Snowbird   (5.3km)







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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #13 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
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #14 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #15 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #16 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.  :cool

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    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


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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #18 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #19 on: August 12, 2019, 13:42 »
    They'll be riding the prologue on...road bikes, I hope? :pray
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #20 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 (for those who aren't geo-restricted) 30 minutes before that. 
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #21 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #23 on: August 12, 2019, 23:39 »


    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.

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #24 on: August 12, 2019, 23:56 »
    Dauner Watch

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

    Bauer was best on the day. Coming in 48s down.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #25 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

     :)

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    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
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #26 on: August 13, 2019, 09:02 »
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #27 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

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    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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #28 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.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Utah
    « Reply #29 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
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