Race: Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Start/Finish: Zion National Park/Cedar City, Utah
Distance: 135 kilometers
Cedar City, Utah — The Tour of Utah, known as America’s toughest stage race, kicked off Monday under hot and sunny skies. The opening stage began with a 20-kilometer neutral rollout through Zion National Park and speeds picked up quickly upon exiting the park. A five-man breakaway immediately attacked, with four riders hanging on to stay together most of the stage, including Simon Pellaud (IAM Cycling), Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare), Adrien Costa (Axeon-Hagens Berman) and Matteo Dal-Cin (Silber).
“The pace was steady until the final KOM at 94km,” said Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director, Pavel Cherkasov. “Corentin was our first rider to struggle at the climb and wasn’t able to finish today. The rest of our young riders struggled as well, but were able to finish the race.”
Following two climbs, the peloton took on three laps around a downtown circuit in Cedar City. The breakaway nearly held on, but was absorbed shortly before the sprint finish. Javier Megias was Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider, crossing the finish line just two seconds behind the stage winner, Kris Dahl (Silber Pro Cycling).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing on Tuesday with Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah. The 157.7-km stage begins in Escalante and takes the riders over a category 2 ascent of Boulder Mountain before finishing in Torrey.
- 1st: Kris Dahl, (SILBER PRO CYCLING), in 3:07:18
- 2nd: Colin Joyce (AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN), same time as Dahl
- 3rd: Rick Zabel (BMC RACING TEAM), same time as Dahl
Preliminary Team Novo Nordisk Results:
- Javier Megias: 28th: 0:02 behind Dahl
- Rik van IJzendoorn: 113: 11:16 behind Dahl
- Stephen Clancy: 115th: 14:49 behind Dahl
- Brian Kamstra: 116th: “
- Gerd de Keijzer: 118th: “
- Corentin Cherhal: DNF