Mathieu van der Poel – What can you say. The Dutchman is the star of the future after his spring campaign was topped with his stunning win in the Amstel Gold Race – Top Story. Race news from Amstel and the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey with reports, results, quotes and video. We look-forward to Flèche Wallonne and the Tour of the Alps, plus teams for the Tour of Utah. EUROTRASH Monday coffee time.
TOP STORY: Big Road Team for Van der Poel?
The unbelievable talent that is Mathieu van der Poel continues to amaze the cycling world. The Corendon-Circus is only in his first spring of road Classics and has made a big impression so far. With wins in the Amstel Gold Race, Brabantse Pijl, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Grand Prix de Denain, stages of the Tour of Antalya and the Circuit de la Sarthe, plus 4th in the Tour of Flanders and Gent–Wevelgem.
The big WorldTour teams couldn’t help but notice. “Yes, some large teams have already contacted us,” the Dutch champion told a press conference. Several large teams want to sign the 24-year-old Dutch champion. “There are indeed a few large teams that have called, but I am not going to mention names,” says Van der Poel. “It makes sense that there has been contact with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, for example, since Patrick Lefevere knows my father.”
Lefevere and all the other teams will have to wait: “I told all teams that they have to wait for the time being. I am still under contract with Corendon-Circus until 2023.”
After Sunday the price tag on Van der Poel will have gone up, only a WorldTour team, a rich one, will be able to afford the Dutch champion.
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Amstel Gold Race 2019
At the end of a stunning final 50 kilometers of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, young star Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) out-sprinted a group that he had towed up to Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky). It was a stunning show of power from the Dutch champion, a real ‘super star’ in the making.
The break of the day had a maximum lead of 8 minutes, it consisted of: Nick van der Lijke (Roompot-Charles), Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Gobert), Aaron Verwilst, Thomas Sprengers (both Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jérôme Baugnies (Wanty-Gobert), Michael Schär (CCC), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Grega Bole (Bahrain Merida), Marcel Meisen (Corendon-Circus) and Paolo Simon (Bardiani-CSF). At the 50 kilometer to go mark, the lead was down to 1 minute due to the Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Astana teams.
Mathieu van der Poel attacked on the Gulperberg (44K to go) and was joined by Gorka Izagirre (Astana). Izagirre didn’t work and they were caught. Dries Devenyns came to the front to send his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammate, Julian Alaphilippe up the road, he was joined by Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jakob Fuglsang. Alaphilippe attacked again and was joined Fuglsang managed. On the Eyserbosweg, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) caught Trentin 15 seconds behind Alaphilippe and Fuglsang. The peloton was over a minute down. On the Keutenberg Trentin and Kwiatkowski dropped woods and were close to the two leaders on last climb of the Cauberg. But Fuglsang put the pressure on to pull ahead again.
Fuglsang and Alaphilippe rode together with occasional attacks from the Dane. As they entered the last 4 kilometers the two leaders started to play poker and slowed down to a near walking pace. This allowed Kwiatkowski to catch them, but meanwhile Van der Poel was dragging the chase group up to the leading trio. With 300 meters to go Van der Poel caught the leaders and immediately started his sprint for the line. No other rider could get close.
Read the PEZ Amstel Race Report HERE.
Amstel Gold Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “This is certainly very special, I think it hasn’t sunk in yet. Nobody wanted to take over anymore. I then played all or nothing. At three or four hundred meters I just went. I was lucky that there was no wind, then I could keep it going until the finish. Unbelievable…”
Adrie van der Poel, winner in 1990, father of Mathieu: “Fantastic. When he smells or sees the finish, he grows above himself. This is something unique. All credit goes first to him and secondly to the team that has been working on it all week. It is a success for the entire team. In principle you know that things can happen, riders started looking at each other. Behind you race in a lost position and fight back to be able to participate again for the win. And then finish it like that. Super cool. Fuglsang and Alaphilippe too. These are riders who always ride. I would have more trouble with profiteers. But riders who want to ride, ride in those teams. Today they looked at each other a little too much. But that is not really our concern. Let’s mainly enjoy this. I have already realized that he has created a unique series. But I don’t think he realizes it yet.”
2nd, Simon Clarke (EF Education First): “If we expected to come back to Alaphilippe and Fuglsang, absolutely not, it must have been a hell of a race to watch on television, I was with Mollema all the way through the last lap and I knew there were at least 3-4 riders in front of us, I thought I was racing for 5th or 6th, and then I was picked up by a group of five, and I thought my race was over, but a little later we managed to get back to the front, get the men back and everything had to be redone. We fought for the best place possible, and it was the victory. It was an incredible race to do, but also an emotional lift for us because we did not know how it was going to end. This podium is huge for me. I had a very good start to the season with great places on Strade Bianche (8th) and Milan-Sanremo (9th). And even if it were only top 10, I felt that I was able to do this kind of results in the early season, and I am delighted to have lived up to these expectations.”
3rd, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I can be happy with this podium, but I hoped for more. Alaphilippe and I made a tactical mistake due to unclear information about our advantage on the second group, so we were surprised that they were able to come back. But like I said, I can be happy because my final sprint and the way I felt today gives great confidence towards the next races. Also, the team worked very well today, which makes it easier to perform like this. For now, I still think we missed an opportunity, maybe tomorrow I’m more satisfied with the third place.”
4th, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I was very motivated to do a good race and everything went really well for us, with Dries pushing a hard tempo on the climb and me attacking full gas minutes later. In the final three kilometers, Fuglsang didn’t work anymore and I took the responsibility, pulling alone in the headwind. The gap looked to be big enough to arrive with him at the finish and fight for victory, but somehow the others came from behind really fast and caught us. I’m a bit disappointed, but I’m not down and I am already looking forward to the next races.”
5th, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “When Alaphilippe went, I wasn’t positioned well enough to follow. We were a small bunch behind him and I tried to drive the pace. After the Cauberg I attacked but I wasn’t sure it was the right decision. Still, I rode at my own pace, I closed in on the chasing group and that’s when I really started pushing. In the final stretch, when I was on their wheel, Kwiato attacked, I made a move but suddenly, Van der Poel was on my wheel and went for a long sprint. I was able to hang in behind him but after going 15km solo and racing for 260km, I didn’t have much left in my legs. So, I am happy with my fifth place at the finish.”
6th, Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal): “Finishing sixth in my first Amstel Gold Race is almost like a dream come true. Before the race, I would have signed for something like this but today, the race unfolded to my advantage. I was on the limit during the final four to five climbs but I still managed to launch an attack and immediately ended up in a nice group. I only realized that we would join the two leaders the moment we had Kwiatkowski in our sights. Van der Poel managed to close the gap on his own. During the sprint for victory, I had to touch my brakes for a moment. Otherwise, a top five would have been possible. Before the Ardennes Classics, I would not have dared dreaming of performances such as these. However, I knew that I was in a good shape. Today, I was able to continue the same way I performed in the Tour of the Basque Country. But let us keep both feet on the ground towards Fleche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The team guided me perfectly today. I only had to follow and listen to the instructions of my experienced teammates. They brought me in a good position and informed me about the crucial points. It is kind of a luxury to race that way. I look forward to the coming week, where there won’t be any pressure to perform. I clearly took another step forward in my second year as a pro and that’s something I have to enjoy now.”
9th, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale): “The race kicked into gear very early; it was pretty disjointed. It’s nice to get to the finish line with a chance to go for the win in a race like Amstel. I didn’t panic today. I started to feel better and better as the kilometers ticked by. For my return to UCI WorldTour racing, this result bodes well for the next two events: the Flèche Wallonne (April 24) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 28). I was not certain how well I would go when I arrived here. So I am pretty happy with this result. This is actually my first top 10 at this race, and I see that my body is responding well after heavy workloads.”
DNF, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal): “I had a bad day today. I still felt good on the Kruisberg, but the lights went out on the Eyserbosweg. I don’t really have an explanation. It was hot today but for sure, no extreme temperatures. So I do not want to use that as an excuse. I felt really good in the Brabantse Pijl last Wednesday, so hopefully it was nothing more than an off-day and I can play my role coming Wednesday and Sunday. But it is of course not a nice feeling to get dropped.”
Amstel Gold Race Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 6:28:18
2. Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
5. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC
8. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama – FDJ
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2019
Dutch up and coming sprinter Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck – Quick-Step claimed his first ever stage win at the Presidential Tour of Turkey as he out-sprinted Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the end of Stage 3. Bennett, the winner of the first two stages, extended his overall lead while Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) made a notable come back on the podium of a bike race.
Ahmet Örken first on the move
117 riders took the start in Çannakale on the banks of the Dardanelles strait. Turkish national team rider Ahmet Örken was the first attacker of the day. After he got reeled in, he rode away again to form a 6-man breakaway along with Umberto Marengo (Neri-KTM), Victor Langellotti (Burgos-BH), Lindsay De Vylder (Vlaanderen-Baloise), Urko Berrade (Euskadi-Murias) and his teammate Feritcan Samli wearing the white jersey of the Beauties of Turkey sprint competition. Örken led out Samli in the sprint located at Troia, the home of the famous Trojan horse, and the two Turkish cyclists crossed the line of km 20.9 in that order with De Vylder in third place.
De Vylder hunting for primes
The Belgian took his revenge in the sprint prime at km 42.8 and was second to Marengo at the KOM at km 76.8. Örken was the first breakaway rider to wait for the peloton after completing his duty as a domestique in the Beauties of Turkey sprint. Langellotti was back in the pack with 30km to go. Marengo, Berrade, De Vylder and Samli were chased down by teams Bora-Hansgrohe, Lotto Soudal and Deceuninck-Quick Step. It was all together again with 10.5km to go.
A flag in Jakobsen’s bike
No attack took place in the last 10km as the peloton was facing a headwind. Different teams swapped the first positions of the bunch. Dimension Data was obviously focused on bringing Cavendish back to his sprinting sensations. Jakobsen got a fright as a flag got stuck in his bike but he managed to follow the plan that consisted in being led out by Max Richeze. Coming from behind, Bennett wasn’t able to overtake him, unlike on stage 1. This is Jakobsen’s third victory this year after stage 1 in the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal in February and the Scheldeprijs in Belgium last week. As he’s not scheduled for any Grand Tour in 2019, the second year pro from the Gelderland made the Presidential Tour of Turkey his big goal of the Spring while another part of his team is focused on the classics at this time of the year. He was full of praise for Turkish fans as he took their national flag on stage with him for the celebration.
Stage winner, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I was a bit far back going into the final kilometer, but I remained calm and confident. Max started his lead-out 400 meters from home and I left it late, because of the headwind. I got a little bit close to the barrier, as the wind was coming from the left, and a flag got caught in my shifter, but fortunately without any consequences, and I could finish off my team’s amazing work. Without my team it would have been impossible to win, that’s why this is their victory. Of course, I was the one who sprinted to the line, but only after benefiting from their exceptional job. The last meters were slightly uphill, which played a bit into my favor, as I like this kind of finishes. It gives me great pleasure to rack up another victory and be on the top step of the podium in a World Tour race ahead of guys like Bennett and Cavendish. We came here for at least a success, we got it and now we’ll see what else we can do on the remaining stages.”
2nd on the stage and overall leader, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The finale was a bit chaotic, but also hard and tricky due to the headwind. The guys did a really good job today and I am sorry that I couldn’t finish it off, but Deceuninck – Quick Step was stronger today. Of course, a win would have been great, but I just hadn’t the legs in today’s finale. But I will try it tomorrow again.”
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Stage 3 Result:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 2:50:12
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
4. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
5. Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6. Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7. Matthew Gibson (GB) Burgos-BH
8. Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM
9. Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon
10. Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Overall After Stage 3:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 11:04:08
2. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:20
3. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Manzana Postobon at 0:22
4. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:26
5. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM
8. Edgar Pinto (Por) W52-FC Porto at 0:29
9. Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:30
10. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana.
Turkey stage 3:
Australian pocket sprinter Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal claimed his first ever stage win at the Presidential Tour of Turkey with an impressive effort in the uphill finale of Stage 4 in Bursa where he outclassed Spain’s Juanjo Lobato of Nippo-Vini Fantini and Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett who retained the lead in the overall classification.
Willems and Samli up the road to defend their distinctive jersey
116 riders started stage 4 in Balikesir, the longest stage of the 55th Presidential Tour of Turkey with 194.3km to cover before reaching Bursa. One non-starter: Aleksandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates). Five riders went clear off the peloton right after flag off: Mauricio Moreira (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Lucas De Rossi (Delko-Marseille), Ander Barrenetxea (Euskadi-Murias), Thimo Willems (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Feritcan Samli (Turkish national team). There was absolutely no reaction from the peloton, so their advantage was already up to 2:30 after 5km of racing. It went quickly over eight minutes. Red jersey holder Willems sat up after passing first at the only KOM of the day at km 17.9, so did white jersey holder Samli after the Beauties of Turkey sprint at km 69.5 in the Manyas Bird Paradise National Park.
Braves De Rossi and Barrenetxea
After 85km of racing, the riders took a right hand turn that enabled them to exchange the headwind for a side wind and the time gap of the remaining three leaders went down slowly but surely as the bunch was mainly led by Austrian champion Lukas Pöstlberger from the Bora-Hansgrohe team of race leader Sam Bennett. Several teams swap turns at the helm of the peloton, including Dimension Data and Lotto Soudal who were inspired by the uphill finish in Bursa. The time difference was down to 1:50 with 42km to go when Moreira gave up, leaving De Rossi and Barrenetxea in the lead. The Frenchman dropped the Spaniard 25km before the end but they were reunited four kilometers further, with an advantage of 1:35 over the chasing peloton at the 20km to go mark.
Second win of the year for Ewan
It was all together again with 12km to go. Mauro Finetto (Delko-Marseille) tried to anticipate the bunch sprint in the hill leading up to the finishing line with 1.5km to go but it was a compact bunch rushing to the top. Almost two months after taking his first WorldTour victory of the season at the UAE Tour, also on stage 4 and also in an uphill finale, Ewan proved to have an excellent ratio power/weight/speed in the climbs. He had to dig deep to edge out Lobato and didn’t leave a chance to Bennett to come across. This is the victory the Australian was looking for to build his confidence ahead of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
Stage winner, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “Already after the first stages, although not having the best legs, I knew that a stage win would be possible, so I got more confidence as the race progressed and also my legs were feeling better as well. Actually, the last three to four kilometers uphill were harder than I first thought. I did some research online beforehand, but you can never really see the gradients that way. The team always kept me in a perfect position during the run-up to the finishing climb, so I didn’t have to fight too much before the roads started to rise. That way, I could save some valuable energy before the final kick-up to the line, which clearly helped me at the end. Sam Bennett would have been hard to beat, but when he was supposed to start his sprint, I noticed that he was pretty tired. That is when I made my move. I was lucky that I still had a good acceleration left in the end, with Lobato starting his sprint quite early. I did not produce my best sprint power ever but it seemed like I still had the most energy left. I took my two victories so far this year both in uphill sprints, but I am confident that I can still win during the flat finishes as well. I have been missing my lead-out man Jasper De Buyst. During the hectic finishes, I was maybe lacking that last guy to get me in the perfect position. The uphill finishes are therefore a little easier to position myself. It is a relief to take the victory here with the team constantly supporting me, and now I get to reward them with a win. There’s a little less pressure now going into the final days. I hope this victory gets the ball rolling for the Giro d’Italia, which will be my next race in a few weeks. I hope, once the Giro arrives, to be in the best possible shape.”
3rd on the stage and overall leader, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I really didn’t know what to expect today, a lot of guys were ready for a sprint and it was a tough finale at the end. I knew Caleb was sitting on my wheel, but I was already on the limit. I wanted him to go first but when he moved, I was on a big gear and struggled to follow him. Anyway, I think Caleb was the fastest today and I say congrats. It was pretty cold today, maybe that affected me a little, but I will try again to win another stage here in Turkey.”
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Stage 4 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal in 5:21:38
2. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Juan Sebastian Molano (Col) UAE Team Emirates
7. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
9. Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
10. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Overall After Stage 4:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 16:25:42
2. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:24
3. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Manzana Postobon at 0:26
4. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:30
5. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM
8. Edgar Pinto (Por) W52-FC Porto at 0:33
9. Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:34
10. Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM.
Turkey stage 4:
Due to exceptionally snowy conditions in the ski resort of Kartepe, the Queen Stage 5 was shortened by 4km but there was enough climbing for Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) to clinch his first victory in five seasons as a pro. As he bettered Merhawi Kudus (Astana) in the last 200 meters after dropping Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step), the Austrian took over from his team-mate Sam Bennett in the lead of the overall ranking.
Three riders in the lead
112 riders took the start of the queen stage in Bursa. Four non-starters: Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data), Oscar Cabedo (Burgos-BH) and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal). Ramunas Navardauskas of Delko-Marseille won the KOM price at km 14 ahead of red jersey holder Thimo Willems (Vlaanderen-Baloise) but it took 30km and numerous skirmishes before a breakaway took shape with Jose Viejo (Euskadi-Murias) and Robbe Ghys (Vlaanderen-Baloise) being rejoined by Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) to form a leading trio. They got an advantage of more than eight minutes. Ghys won the intermediate sprint at km 71.2, after which it kept decreasing until they got reeled in with 11km to go at the beginning of the hilltop climb to the ski resort of Kartepe.
Remco Evenepoel shows his climbing talent
Dimension Data set the tempo for most of the ascent, preventing any attack from taking place. Right after Delko-Marseille took the command of the group with 6km to go, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) rode away at the 5km to go mark. Evenepoel was first to catch him. The Belgian teenager continued solo 4.5km before the finishing line and was rejoined by Großschartner, Kudus and Conti with 3km remaining. Conti was first to let the other go. Kudus attacked with 1.8km to go but Großschartner bridged the gap within 1km to go and rode the Eritrean off 200 meters before the end.
Großschartner in the overall lead
This is a first for Großschartner in his pro career that started with CCC in 2016 before he moved to Bora- Hansgrohe in 2018. The 25 year old from Austria got his best result so far with second overall at the T our of Guangxi last year. He had a solid start of 2019 with 5th at the Vuelta a San Juan and 12th at Paris-Nice. On the eve of the grand finale of the 55th Presidential Tour of Turkey, he leads the overall ranking by 19 seconds over Conti and 25 seconds over Kudus.
Stage winner and overall leader, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am speechless, this is the first WorldTour victory in my career and my first leader’s jersey as well. I want to say thank you to the whole team for their amazing job today and during the whole week. In the finale, Michael Schwarzmann was so strong and helped position me for the final ascent. When we were just four riders at the front, I knew I could go for a stage win. Of course, I was careful as Kudus attacked, but then I went all in and was so focused, even if I couldn’t feel my hands I just kept going. I am more than happy with today’s win, to wear the leader’s jersey means a lot to me and of course I want to bring it home tomorrow, for me but also for Bora-Hansgrohe.”
2nd on the stage and overall, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a difficult stage both physically and mentally. The cold and the rain accompanied us all day and the final climb was very hard. I gave my best for the team and myself, although I suffer in this type of weather. Second place is a great result, I’m happy.”
3rd on the stage and overall, Merhawi Kudus (Astana): “We did everything what we had to do by the plan during the team meeting this morning. My teammates supported me as much as they can. When the climb starts they set a super hard pace, it was really great job. I felt good and I attacked at 2 km to go, but last kilometer with the snow was so cold, even I couldn’t pedal. Stage winner Felix Großschartner passed me 200 meters before the finish, and Valerio Conti only at the finish line. A bit disappointed, I tried my best, but finally weather conditions was not my favorite. Anyway I’m happy with this result, I want to thank all my team with a really great job and amazing support especially with today’s weather, it was all day raining and snow at the finish, I really appreciate it.”
4th on the stage and overall, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It was a very hard day and an extremely tough and steep climb, with punishing double-digit gradients. Add to this also the cold temperatures, the headwind and the snow, and you get a really, really hard stage. Actually, it was for the first time in my career that I raced in such terrible conditions and I am happy with how I managed to overcome this day of suffering. The team did a great job and protected me throughout the whole day and made sure I was in a good position when the road went up. The first two kilometers of the ascent were softer and so I moved in the first ten, because it was much easier to start it at the front as I could immediately find my rhythm. Then, with five kilometers to go, I responded to an attack of Conti and found myself alone in the front, so I rode my own tempo without overdoing it, before the others returned. I still had some energy in the legs to respond to an attack in the final, but when a second one came, I couldn’t do it again, because it was really hard on those 15% gradients.”
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Stage 5 Result:
1. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:17:13
2. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:09
3. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana
4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:16
5. Edgar Pinto (Por) W52-FC Porto at 0:40
6. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:51
7. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally-UHC Cycling at 0:58
8. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM at 1:03
9. Etienne van Empel (Ned) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM at 1:08
10. Rob Britton (Can) Rally-UHC Cycling.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Overall After Stage 5:
1. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe in 20:43:09
2. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:19
3. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana at 0:25
4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:41
5. Edgar Pinto (Por) W52-FC Porto at 0:59
6. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 1:07
7. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM at 1:19
8. Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Manzana Postobon at 1:26
9. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:29
10. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally-UHC Cycling at 1:30.
Australia’s Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal managed to prevent Sam Bennett from repeating the action from far out that made him a winner in Istanbul last year to clinch his second stage victory while Felix Großschartner claimed the first stage race victory of his career at the 55th Presidential Tour of Turkey.
Six riders in the lead
110 riders took the start of the Final Stage 6 of the 55th Presidential Tour of Turkey at Sakarya in the Bike Valley centre that will host the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon world championship in 2020. Two non-starters: Yuri Natarov (Astana) and Scott Davies (Dimension Data). 6 riders quickly went clear off the peloton: Mauricio Moreira (Caja Rural), Lorenzo Fortunato (Neri-KTM), Hayato Yoshida (Nippo), Emerson Oronte (Rally), Thimo Willems (Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Ahmet Akdilek (Turkey). The breakaway group was one rider down when Moreira sat up and awaited the peloton passed km 20. At km 24, the maximum time difference was reached with 5:10.
Willems wins the King of the Mountain price
The main sporting stake of the escape was for Willems to be crowned the King of the Mountains. Being two points down on Großschartner, he had to be first at the only KOM of the day at km 57.9 and he made it, beating Fortunato and Akdilek. Deceuninck-Quick Step and Lotto-Soudal set the pace of the peloton all the way to Istanbul. Akdilek lost contact with his four breakaway companions 15km before the end on Sultanahmet Square. Willems also won the last Beauties of Turkey sprint at km 158.9 but Turkish national team rider Feritcan Samli who proposed his girlfriend on the sign in podium prior to the last stage won this competition overall.
Ewan responds to Bennett
It was all together with 5.5km to go as Deceuninck-Quick Step looked like the most compact team ahead of the tricky finale leading up to the Blue Mosque. Just like in 2018, Bennett started sprinting from more than 1km to go but Ewan was attentive. The Australian capitalized on the confidence of his first stage victory to close on the Irishman and pass him before the last curve. He had time to enjoy his performance before crossing the line with his hands up in the air while Großschartner made it safely home to win the first stage race of his career at the age of 25. He’s the first Austrian winner in 55 editions of the Presidential Tour of Turkey.
Stage winner, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “It certainly was a finish where it would have been beneficial to have a full team but we were running a bit short with Jasper De Buyst not taking the start yesterday and Carl Frederik Hagen not being able to participate. So, we did all we could with the guys we had left. Harm Vanhoucke rode a complete day at the front of the bunch and Roger Kluge did a perfect job in the run-up to the final kilometer. Without him bringing me there, it would have been hard to win on a finish like the one today. I wasn’t really surprised by the attack of Sam Bennett because I watched last year’s finish and he did the same thing. Only last year, he managed to stay away. There were still some Deceuninck – Quick Step riders up there, so I knew it would be difficult for Bennett to make it till the very end. I took advantage of that and while I saw them fading a bit, my legs still felt pretty good. So, that’s when I jumped away and bridged to Bennett. I passed him right away because I wanted to be the first through the last corner. When I came around that final turn and seeing that I had a gap, I knew if I kept going as hard I could, the stage win would be mine. It was a really tough finish but I am very happy with how it turned out. Coming to the Tour of Turkey, I didn’t really know what to expect. Honestly, I don’t think I was in my best shape so I didn’t have too many expectations. As I could take two stage wins, it is much better than what I expected beforehand. For sure, it gives me confidence in the run-up to the Giro d’Italia. I still got some more form to gain but for sure, it is a good confidence boost!”
Final overall winner, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It is my first overall victory, like it is for the team Bora-Hansgrohe. I am so happy to have secured the overall win today. We were close to a stage win again but I think we did a great job today and the whole week. I knew that I am in a good shape and to take my first WorldTour stage win followed by the overall win is just a really big thing for me. I want to thank everyone, who was involved, helping me to achieve this.”
2nd overall, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates): “I am satisfied with this second place in a hard fought race. Today was not an easy day, the final was complicated and it was essential to keep the leading positions in the tortuous run in. I received excellent support from the team, I thank all the teammates. It is a result that gives me optimism in view of the Giro d’Italia. Thinking about Consonni, it was too bad, he came close on the final stage again and almost made the podium.”
3rd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “We have won our first WorldTour stage race, and I am really proud to be part of it. The whole team did an amazing job this week. Of course, I am delighted to have won again the sprint jersey here in Istanbul. I took this year two stage wins and three times podium, I think it was a great week, now it is time to head home, focusing on the upcoming goals.”
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Stage 6 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto-Soudal in 4:10:41
2. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:01
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:04
4. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:07
6. Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
7. Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
10. Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Final Overall Result:
1. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe in 24:53:58
2. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:19
3. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana at 0:25
4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:53
5. Edgar Pinto (Por) W52-FC Porto at 0:59
6. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 1:12
7. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:29
8. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM at 1:31
9. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally-UHC Cycling at 1:42
10. Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM at 1:48.
Flèche Wallonne 2019, Who Can Control ‘ALAF’?
This is where it all began. For sure, discerning cycling aficionados already had the chance to detect the signs of an exceptional talent in the winner of the Fougères stage on the Tour de Bretagne in 2013, then a few months later at the Plateau des Glières on the Tour de l’Avenir. But it was the climb up the Mur de Huy where Julian gave a dazzling glimpse of his explosive abilities by clinging to the wheel of Alejandro Valverde, who in 2015 won his 3rd Flèche Wallonne. The French youngster, who came up short against the Spaniard the following year, had to wait until the spring of 2018 to win with authority in Huy. And since this consecration, “Alaf” has become one of the dominant riders in the major one-day classics, with victories on the Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Despite a recent fall that forced him to retire from the Tour of the Basque Country, the world number one comes in as the favorite, and will have by his side his team mate Philippe Gilbert, winner eight years ago of the Flèche Wallonne and last Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix!
If Alaphilippe has won more classics than Gilbert at the same age, the same cannot be said of Peter Sagan, who he beat recently in Italy but has never clashed with on the Mur de Huy. The Slovak has ventured there only once, finishing a very honorable 12th place in 2013, which only needs to be improved for his return to the Ardennes. Since he lost the world champion jersey, Sagan has struggled to find his way to the top step of the podium (only one victory in 2019, on the Tour Down Under), and his successor seems to have lost the winning formula since slipping on the rainbow jersey. While he had nine victories at this time last year, Valverde has just one stage win on the UAE Tour in 2019… but in some ways he will race on home soil next Wednesday. Among the regular Flèche contenders, Dan Martin has finished on the podium three times and will ride this year with victory in mind. He will have to contend with former team mate Michal Kwiatkowski, who rode to 5th place in 2013 and 3rd in 2014 as well as Michael Matthews who finished 5th last year and Michael Woods, who in the Vuelta (Balcon de Bizkaia stage) showed some real dexterity while the others struggled. On another steep terrain, Romain Bardet managed to overtake the Canadian at the Worlds in Austria. The silver medallist in the World Championship will need at least the same form to win his first classic. It will also be the challenge for Adam Yates, Daniel Martinez and Rudy Molard.
Ø The rider sporting the number one also leads the world rankings, thanks to a start to the season that he has dominated in the face of little opposition just until the week of the Ardennes Classics. Diminished or not by a recent fall on the Tour of the Basque Country, Julian Alaphilippe heads to the Flèche Wallonne where he is most dangerous.
Ø If five-time winner Alejandro Valverde is still the man to beat on the Mur de Huy he could spoil the plans of the Deceuninck-Quick Step winning machine. Unless the world champion he succeeded, Peter Sagan, bounces back for his return to the race that could be his opportunity to get back on form in what has been a somewhat disappointing spring.
25 Teams, The Main Contenders:
Mitchelton-Scott: A.Yates (Gb), Albasini (Che)
Bahrain-Merida: Pozzovivo (Ita), Teuns (Bel), Dennis (Aus)
Deceuninck-Quick Step: Alaphilippe (Fra), Gilbert (Bel), Mas (Esp)
Lotto-Soudal: Vanendert, Wellens (Bel)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Van Gestel, Sprengers (Bel)
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team: G.Martin (Fra), Eiking (Nor)
Wallonie Bruxelles: Jules (Fra), Lietaer (Bel)
AG2R La Mondiale: Bardet, Cosnefroy (Fra)
Groupama-FDJ: Gaudu, Molard (Fra)
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits: Jes.Herrada (Esp), Simon (Fra)
Team Sunweb: Matthews (Aus)
Bora-Hansgrohe: Sagan (Svk), Schachmann (Deu)
Team Sky: Kwiatkowski (Pol), De La Cruz (Esp), Poels (Nld)
Israel Cycling Academy: Hermans (Bel)
Astana Pro Team: Fuglsang (Dnk), Fraile (Esp), Lutsenko (Kaz)
Team Jumbo-Visma: Gesink (Nld)
CCC Team: De Marchi (Ita)
Team Dimension Data: Kreuziger (Cze), Valgren (Dnk), Gasparotto (Ita)
Movistar Team: Valverde (Esp)
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias: Rodiguez, Bravo (Esp)
Team Katusha Alpecin: Haas (Aus), Boswell (Usa)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: D.Martin (Irl), Costa (Prt), Henao (Col)
EF Education First: Woods (Can), Martinez (Col)
Trek-Segafredo: Mollema (Nld)
Rally UHC Cycling: McNulty (Usa).
Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Flèche Wallonne
This year’s edition packs in eleven climbs, which will make for a harder than usual race.
Julian Alaphilippe returns to Flèche Wallonne, the site of his maiden one-day race victory, where last season he triumphed after a powerful all-in attack on the mythical Mur de Huy, launched just after the hill’s famous S-bend. The 26-year-old Frenchman, who currently sits on eight wins in 2019, will lead Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the prestigious Belgian Classic, which has made new tweaks for this edition, set to start from Ans for the first time in history.
Côte de La Redoute is out, but both Côte de Ereffe and and Côte de Cherave will feature three times instead of two, as was the case last year. Together with the Mur de Huy (1300 meters, 9.6%), which once again will be tackled on three occasions, the last time at the end of the day, after 194 kilometers, these climbs will make the race more difficult and could alter its dynamic, especially if some riders decide to throw caution to wind before the final hills.
Alaphilippe will be joined for the 83rd edition of Flèche Wallonne by Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Mikkel Honoré, Enric Mas, Pieter Serry and Petr Vakoc – a solid squad that will be hoping to feature once again in the business end of the race.
“Julian is in good form. He showed at Amstel that he has recovered after his crash in the Basque Country and will be very motivated to get a good result after last Sunday”, sports director Geert Van Bondt said. “This year’s circuit will be very hard and all eyes will be on us, but we have a strong team, capable of protecting Alaphilippe and bringing him in a perfect position at the start of the third and final ascent of the Mur de Huy.”
24.04 La Flèche Wallonne (BEL) 1.UWT
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Rémi Cavagna (FRA), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Mikkel Honoré (DEN), Enric Mas (ESP), Pieter Serry (BEL), Petr Vakoc (CZE).
Sports Director: Klaas Lodewyck (BEL) and Geert Van Bondt (BEL).
Sunweb to La Flèche Wallonne
Aike Visbeek – Team Sunweb coach: “La Flèche Wallonne is a race that is often decided in the same way, with the peloton arriving together at the bottom of the Mur de Huy. Last year we saw Michael do an impressive effort to come in fifth place so we will go all in to support him again this year. If there is a big group coming to the bottom of the Mur together, then teamwork and dedication are essential in getting to the right position at the perfect time. Jan will be road captain and we will also have the experience of Nicholas to guide the team to what we hope will be a top result.”
Jan Bakelants (BEL), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Lennard Kämna (GER), Michael Matthews (AUS), Nicholas Roche (IRL), Florian Stork (GER), Louis Vervaeke (BEL).
De Marchi to Headline CCC Team’s La Flèche Wallonne Rider Roster
Alessandro De Marchi is set to headline CCC Team’s La Flèche Wallonne rider roster on Wednesday (24 April) after impressing with a career-best result at Amstel Gold Race.
The race is expected to come down to the traditional battle on the final ascent of the Mur de Huy, Sports Director Piotr Wadecki explained. “We will start the race with De Marchi as our leader. I think he will be our best chance to make a good result. We have seen at his last few races, most recently Amstel Gold Race, that De Marchi is in really good shape and so if he has good legs here, I think he can be one of the guys climbing for a top ten finish. We will look to be active from the start of the race and we will definitely try to have someone in the breakaway but I think, once again, the race will come down to what happens on the final climb,” Wadecki said.
De Marchi is motivated for the second installment of the Ardennes Classics series. “I definitely took confidence out of Sunday’s race, one which I would say was not really suited to me and now, I will go into La Flèche Wallonne focused and ready for everything. At Amstel Gold Race, we saw that you can never give up and while you might get dropped at one point, if you keep trying, it is possible to come back to the first group and start to play again. I will stay attentive on Wednesday and try to be in a good place at the right time and I will try to fight all the way to the line,” De Marchi added.
La Flèche Wallonne (24 April)
Will Barta (USA), Josef Černý (CZE), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jonas Koch (GER), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA).
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Valerio Piva (ITA).
Vincenzo Nibali back to competitions at the Tour of Alps
The 2019 Tour of the Alps starts on next Monday from Kufstein, in the Austrian Tyrol. Edition 43 will run over 711 km in five stages, featuring 10 categorized climbs and takes in almost 14,000 vertical Alps.
The Tour of Alps also marks Vincenzo Nibali’s return to races after the Milano-Sanremo, closed in 8th place: “I am happy to go back to compete in this stage race, which is a competition I’m very fond of and where I won two editions in 2008 and 2013.”
“I have worked well over the last few weeks and this race will help me to understand where I am with my preparation and to better refine my condition in view of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and after the Giro d’Italia.”
Nibali’s coach Paolo Slongo underlines: “almost all the riders who will race the Tour of Alps – Vincenzo and his brother Antonio, Garosio, Agnoli and Pernsteiner – arrive from the Teide training camp where they have almost rode for 1400km in 11 days with nearly 30,000 meters of altitude difference. A good preparation with which I hope to reach good results in this race.”
TBM’s line-up for Tour of Alps:
Vincenzo Nibali, Antonio Nibali, Valerio Agnoli, Hermann Pernsteiner, Andrea Garosio and Meiyin Wang.
AG2R-La Mondiale team for the Tour of Alps
Initially scheduled for the Tour des Alpes, Alexandre Geniez has had to withdraw: “When he crashed at the Tour du Pays Basque on April 10 during the third stage, Alexandre suffered a contusion on his left hip. This injury did not allow him to resume training normally. He must observe a period of rest which obliges him to delay his return to competition. The date when he will be able to resume racing will be communicated later,” explained Eric Bouvat, head doctor for the AG2R-La Mondiale team.
Alexis Vuillermoz: “Following my abandonment at Tirreno – Adriatico, I suffered from a tendon-muscle injury of the adductor and hamstring. I could not train for two weeks. It’s never the ideal thing for goal-setting, but it’s all behind me now. I even had an intense training session before the start of the Tour des Alpes. This race, full of climbs and difficult, will allow me to find the rhythm of the competition. After a period of inactivity, it is difficult to set goals but I hope to have fun. After the five days of racing, I will join the team in Belgium to participate in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. This will be my last race before the Giro d’Italia.”
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè: Ready to Ride the Tour of the Alps
The Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè was ready for a double race. Last news is that the Tour of Croatia has been deleted so the team will be involved only in Tour of The Alps starting from Monday 22nd in Trentino.
7 #Orangeblue riders are ready to compete in Trentino for the Tour of The Alps from Monday 22nd of April. Other 6 riders where supposed to ride the Tour of Croatia, but the race has been delated.
The Tour of The Alps is goin to be very hard as usual even because many riders and competitors are ready to test their condition looking forward to the Giro d’Italia. To lead the team on the team cars Mario Manzoni and Alessandro Donati, that have selected a line-up ready to compete both I mixed and climb arrivals. Marco Canola, Moreno Moser and Nicola Bagioli will be the riders for the mixed roads, while Ivan Santaromita, Alejandro Osorio and Ruben Acosta will be the leaders for climb stages. Damiano Cima will be the supporting riders for his teammates.
The full line-up:
Marco Canola, Ivan Santaromita, Nicola Bagioli, Moreno Moser, Alejandro Osorio, Ruben Acosta, Damiano Cima.
DS Mario Manzoni: “Our riders just finished an important period of altitude trainings, we would like to aim to win at one stage here in Trentino to present ourselves at the Giro d’Italia with more determinations. As always, it will be a very demanding Tour, with Marco Canola for the intermediate stages, as well as Nicola Bagioli and Moreno Moser. Alejandro Osorio and Ivan Santaromita will be our leaders in the toughest stages, while Damiano Cima is an important supporting rider for his teammates.”
The race will be broadcasted by Rai Sport from the 2.00 pm every day to guarantee full coverage of the most important part of each stage.
14 Pro Cycling Teams Accept Early Invitations to Race in August at 2019 Tour of Utah
TOU Attracts International Flavor with Five Countries Represented at “America’s Toughest Stage Race”
Fourteen of the world’s best international and domestic men’s professional cycling teams have accepted invitations to compete at the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Aug. 12-18. Five countries are represented among the current lineup – Australia, Colombia, Israel, Italy, and the United States.
Two teams racing the Tour of Utah for the first time are from the UCI Pro Continental ranks with Manzana Postobon (Colombia) and Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (Italy). Among the returning U.S.-based teams, six have competed for five or more years in Utah — EF Education First, Trek-Segafredo, Hagens Berman Axeon, Rally UHC Cycling, Arapahoe l Hincapie powered by BMC and Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis.
The longest streak for competing at the Tour of Utah is 11 years and belongs to Rally UHC Cycling, a UCI Pro Continental team managed by Circuit Sport. Last year the team competed as Rally Pro Cycling. Another new name in the peloton is Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis. This squad competed for six years in Utah under the Jelly Belly Pro Cycling colors.
These teams have accounted for 37 stage victories and overall classification titles at the Tour of Utah since 2011, the year the Tour was elevated internationally by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Three additional teams will be added later this spring for “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” for a total of 17 teams in the final field of the UCI 2.HC stage race. Rosters for each team are expected to total 120 riders and will be announced in late July.
Teams Accepting Invitations (as of 4/18/19):
303 Project (USA)
Arapahoe l Hincapie presented by BMC (USA)
Aevolo Pro Cycling (USA)
EF Education Pro Cycling (USA)
Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling (USA)
Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)
Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
Manzana Postobon Team (Colombia)
Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (Italy)
NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè (Italy)
Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
Team BridgeLane (Australia)
Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis (USA)
“The Tour of Utah continues to attract a prestigious field of teams for seven days of fierce competition across our beautiful state,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. “The world-class quality of teams matched with the challenging terrain of Utah always creates a worthy champion. We expect the 15th edition of the Tour of Utah will again deliver triumphant moments at the finish line each day for the riders and spectators.”
Four of these teams will be competing in May at the Giro d’Italia, one of the three Grand Tours of men’s stage racing. EF Education Pro Cycling and Trek-Segafredo will participate as UCI WorldTour teams. Israel Cycling Academy and NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè are both UCI Pro Continental teams and received wild card entries for the event. It is the third year Israel Cycling Academy will compete in Utah and the fourth year for NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè.
The Tour of Utah will begin on Aug. 12 at Snowbird Resort for a prologue (short time trial), one of four ski resorts that is part of the event. The Tour will conclude on Aug. 18 in Park City. Additional host venues are North Logan City, Brigham City, Powder Mountain Resort, Antelope Island State Park, North Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, and Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. It remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. The Tour is also part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (Tour of Utah).
Utah 2018 stage 6 final:
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