Race: Tour of Utah
Start/Finish: Park City, UT
Distance: 125.5 kilometers
Overview: Sunday marked the final day of racing for Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour of Utah, also known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race.” Today’s stage, which included arguably the most difficult climb of the week up Empire Pass with an average gradient of 10 percent and sections that exceed 20 percent, started and ended in Park City amidst thousands of cheering fans.
Following two short circuit laps through the streets of downtown, the peloton escaped into the mountains. A breakaway and several chase groups formed, but the lead pack of four riders remained off the front as they raced back down Main Street in a sprint to the finish line. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) took the top spot while defending champion Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp), who came in fifth on the stage, claimed the overall race win for the second year. Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished strong and is already looking ahead to the upcoming USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.
“The race was lightning fast from the gun today. I worked hard to stay with the front group on the last climb, but it was impossible to follow them,” said Megias. “I’m really looking forward to the race in Colorado now that we are acclimated to the elevation and have a week of racing in the mountains under our belts. I feel really good and my form is strong heading into the USA Pro Challenge.”
Results: Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) finished first, followed by Wilco Kelderman (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) in second and Winner Anacona Gomez (Lampre-Merida) in third.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, will race again at the USA Pro Challenge, beginning Monday, August 18 in Aspen, CO.