Kristofer Dahl takes Tour of Utah stage 1 sprint victory
Kristofer Dahl Silber Pro Cycling wins bunch sprint after break away caught with 5kms to go on the finishing circuit in Cedar City. Joe Dombroski Cannondale-Drapac finishes comfortably in the Peleton
Stage 1 from Zion Canyon to Cedar City rolled out neutralized zone of 16 miles until after the tunnel and boom the attacks started. Eventually a 4 man breakaway consisting of Daniel Jaramillo (UHC), Simon Pellaud (IAM), Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Matteo Dal-Sin (Silber Pro Cycling).
The 4 man breakaway established a lead of 5 minutes, with Daniel Jaramillo taking the KOM points.
Rally seemed to be controlling the Peloton with 50 miles to, and then Phil Gaimon and team Canondale-Drapac took over the pace setting and started to chase.
With 31 miles to go the Peloton had close the gap to around 3 minutes. BMC Racing helped Cannondale-Drapac at the front in the chase.
Daniel Jaramillo taking the second KOM points.
Simon Pellaud (IAM) and Matteo Dal-Sin (Silber Pro Cycling) attacked on the descent getting a gap on the other 2 breakaway riders.
With 15 downhill miles to go the Peloton really put the hammer down and started top chase full gas.
By the time the two leaders Simon Pellaud (IAM) and Matteo Dal-Sin (Silber Pro Cycling) entered Cedar City the gap was down to 1 minute 30 seconds.
The pair were caught by the flat out Peleton with 3.5 miles to go.
Trek and IAM Cycling came to the front to take up the pace. With 1 km Robin Carpenter had a slight advantage, but it cam edown to a chaotic bunch sprint that saw Kristofer Dahl take the sprint just in front of Colin Joyce (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Rick Zabel (BMC Racing).
Previous winner Joe Dombroski finished comfortably in the Peloton in 33rd place alongside his Cannondale-Drapac temmates, who took up the chase of the breakaway from team Rally, with Phil Gaimon notably starting to reel the breakaway back, in the early stages on the climb of Bristlecone.
2016 Tour of Utah Stage 1 Results
1 DAHL Kristofer SILBER 3:07:19. 3:07:18.8
2 JOYCE Colin AXEON 3:07:19. s.t.
3 ZABEL Rick BMC RACING 3:07:19. s.t.
4 MCCABE Travis HOLOWESKO 3:07:19. s.t.
5 OWEN Logan AXEON 3:07:19. s.t.
6 CASTILLO SOTO Ulises Alfredo JELLY BELLY 3:07:19. s.t.
7 TANNER David IAM CYCLING 3:07:19. s.t.
8 LEDANOIS Kevin FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT 3:07:19. s.t.
9 NAUD Pierrick RALLY 3:07:19. s.t.
10 PUTT Tanner UNITEDHEALTHCARE 3:07:20. s.t.
11 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao AXEON 3:07:20. s.t.
12 CANOLA Marco UNITEDHEALTHCARE 3:07:20. s.t.
13 HOWES Alex CANNONDALE-DRAPAC 3:07:20. s.t.
14 SMITH Dion ONE PRO CYCLING 3:07:20. s.t.
15 BASSETT Stephen JAMIS 3:07:20. s.t.
16 SQUIRE Robbie HOLOWESKO 3:07:20. s.t.
17 POWLESS Neilson AXEON 3:07:20. s.t.
18 MCCORMICK Hayden ONE PRO CYCLING 3:07:20. s.t.
19 BEYER Chad LUPUS 3:07:20. s.t.
20 ROSSKOPF Joseph BMC RACING 3:07:21. s.t.
21 SENNI Manuel BMC RACING 3:07:21. s.t.
22 COMPANIONI Ruben JAMIS 3:07:21. s.t.
23 LOUBET Julien FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT 3:07:21. s.t.
24 COSTA Adrien AXEON 3:07:21. s.t.
25 HORNER Christopher LUPUS 3:07:21. s.t.
26 ORONTE Emerson RALLY 3:07:21. s.t.
27 BETTIOL Alberto CANNONDALE-DRAPAC 3:07:21. s.t.
28 MEGIAS LEAL Javier NOVO NORDISK 3:07:21. s.t.
29 BRAJKOVIC Janez UNITEDHEALTHCARE 3:07:21. s.t.
30 ACEVEDO COLLE Janier Alexis JAMIS 3:07:21. s.t.
31 NEILANDS Krists AXEON 3:07:22. s.t.
32 WARBASSE Lawrence IAM CYCLING 3:07:22. s.t.
33 KING Benjamin CANNONDALE-DRAPAC 3:07:22. s.t.
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
GAIMON Phillip CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
TALANSKY Andrew CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
DIBBEN Jonathan CANNONDALE-DRAPAC