Lachlan Morton retains Yellow Jersey as Travis McCabe wins Bunch Sprint
Travis McCabe (HSD) outsprinted Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) and Sebastian Haedo (JAM) in a bunch sprint in Kearns on Stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.
It was a flat, windy and hot stage - pushing 86F. There was also no let up in the speed as the Peloton finished the 95.7 miles in 3'23'' an average speed of 27.6 mph.
Early in the stage there was an escape of six riders.The gap reached no more than three minutes and that included Matthew Busche of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, Eddie Dunbar of Axeon Hagens Berman, Nicolae Tanovitchii of Lupus Racing, Hayden Mccormick of ONE Pro Cyling, Joseph Lewis of Team Hincapie and Danny Pate of Rally Cycling.
The breakaway was kept in check by Lachlan's Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis team. By the time they entered the finishing circuit the gap was down to 20 seconds.
Elie Gesbert solo'd off the front of the peloton after they caught the break. Philip Gaimon (Cannondal-Drapac), Peter Setina (Trek-Segafredo), Robin Carpenter (HSD) plus 9 other riders got in a break, which looked like it could stay away with 30 seconds and 2 laps of the finishing circuit remaining.
The break was too big to work. Only 3 or 4 riders were working, so it all come bak together with Silber taking up the pace setting.
Dyan Teuns (BMS) attacked a got a small gap. With 2kms to go the riders hit 86 kph on a slight downhill that they couldn't pedal.
With 1km Trek-Segafredo came to the front for Reijnen.
McCabe timed his final sprint to perfection and flew past Reijnen, Hedo and the other sprinters to easy take the stage win. His turn of speed was simply amazing he out-classed most of the sprinters, accelerating ahead unrivaled.
Lachlan Morton finished in the bunch and retained the yellow jersey with a slim margin over Adrien Costa and Andrew Talansky, 7 and 9 seconds respectiveky.
One more day until the race hits big climbs!
Saturday, Aug. 6, is the “Queen Stage” of the Tour of Utah, after covering 114 miles (183.4 km) and 11,165 feet of climbing, the race will finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort for a record ninth consecutive year. The showdown for the true climbers begins with an 11-percent gradient, Category 1 climb across Guardsman Pass, followed by a 14-mile descent through Big Cottonwood Canyon. The race concludes with the final legendary six-mile HC climb of Little Cottonwood Canyon, past the throngs of fans at Tanners Flat, for the finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Stage 4, Top 20, Tour of Utah
1 MCCABE Travis Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team 3:23:47
2 REIJNEN Kiel Trek - Segafredo ,,
3 HAEDO Lucas SebastianTeam Jamis ,,
4 CANOLA Marco UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
5 YOUNG Eric Rally Cycling ,,
6 JOYCE Colin Axeon Hagens Berman ,,
7 JARAMILLO Daniel Alexander UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team ,,
8 RATHE Jacob Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
9 ZABEL Rick BMC Racing Team ,,
10 DIBBEN Jonathan Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team ,,
11 OWEN Logan Axeon Hagens Berman ,,
12 SMITH Dion One Pro Cycling ,,
13 DE NEGRI Pier PaoloNippo - Vini Fantini ,,
14 DAHL Kris Silber Pro Cycling 0:01
15 LIENHARD Fabian BMC Racing Team ,,
16 BIDEAU Jean Marc Fortuneo - Vital Concept ,,
17 BOHLI Tom BMC Racing Team ,,
18 CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis ,,
19 POWLESS Neilson Axeon Hagens Berman ,,
20 PELLAUD Simon IAM Cycling
Overall General Classification after Stage 4
1. MORTON Lachlan David JELLY BELLY 14:54:40
2. COSTA Adrien AXEON +7 secs
3 TALANSKY Andrew CANNONDALE-DRAPAC +9 secs
4. ATAPUMA HURTADO Darwin BMC RACING +1m 32 secs
5. ROSSKOPF Joseph BMC RACING +1m 32 secs
VIDEO: Tour of Utah 2016 - Stage 4 - Final Kilometers