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Joyce 6th, Costa Stays 2nd Overall

Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team’s Colin Joyce finished sixth to notch his third top 10 finish at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Thursday while teammate Adrien Costa remained second overall, seven seconds off the lead.

Joyce was runner-up on Monday’s opening stage and placed ninth on Tuesday. Thursday’s stage winner was Travis McCabe, who delivered the Holowesko-Citadel presented by Hincapie Sportswear its second win in three days. Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) was second and Sebastian Haedo (Team Jamis) was third.

utah16st4-axeon-costa-920Adrien Costa leads the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey classification (left) and he is the Subaru Best Young Rider classification leader as well. (Davey Wilson photos.)

Joyce said he wanted to wait as long as possible to launch his sprint – like he did on Monday – since the last 600 meters were directly into the teeth of a headwind.

“I was originally trying to be in good position, then wait as long as possible to start sprinting all out,” he said. “Unfortunately, I found myself first wheel with 500 meters to go and I wasn’t attentive enough to jump back in the group. I lost too many places there.”

Costa finished 29th and in the same time as the stage winner as Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis) became the first rider to keep the lead for consecutive days. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling) is third, nine seconds back of Morton.

Costa, the youngest rider in the race at age 18, also remains the leader of two jersey classifications: best young rider and king of the mountains.

Axeon Hagens Berman’s Eddie Dunbar was part of an eight-man breakaway that slipped the pack about 20 kilometers into the 154-kilometer race and survived until the first of three circuits in the finish city of Kearns.

The Irish Under 23 national time trial champion said it was not originally his intention to be part of the day’s escape.

“I was just on the right wheel at the right time,” Dunbar said. “I noticed that all the other American continental teams were represented. I thought it would be good to have someone in there for our sponsors. Near the end, the coordination between the riders wasn’t that great.”

Friday’s Stage 5 is a virtual repeat of last year’s Stage 3, which Axeon Hagens Berman’s Logan Owen won in a bunch sprint finish. The winner of the Under 23 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège earlier this year, Owen said he is feeling good after a challenging day Wednesday.

“Today, I think everybody was a little bit tired from the climbs yesterday,” Owen said. “I wasn’t amazing today, but my legs weren’t terrible. I am sure I will be feeling good tomorrow.”
Dunbar in the Break

utah16st4-axeon-dunbar-920Irish Under 23 national time trial champion Eddie Dunbar helped drive the day’s breakaway. (Casey B. Gibson photo.)

About Axeon Hagens Berman
The Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team represents the next generation of professional cyclists. Founded in 2009 by former professional cyclist and Olympic bronze medalist Axel Merckx, we are cycling’s premier development program. Through our first eight seasons, we have advanced 18 riders to the WorldTour ranks. Axeon Hagens Berman team and staff work diligently to ensure our program remains the best. Through careful rider selection, instruction and guidance, we annually achieve winning results for a vibrant and original brand that represents the future of the sport. We give future stars their shot to ride against WorldTour teams and prove themselves. #PROVEIT

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