Travis McCabe sprints to Stage 1 Victory as Van Garderen retains lead
Travis McCabe easily out-sprinted the peloton to win stage 1 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in Cedar City, his third career win at the race
The day's breakaway contained Evan Huffman (Rally), George Simpson (Elevate KHS), Daan Olivier (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Lionel Mawditt (Jelly Belly). The four stretched their lead to over five minutes.
They maintained their lead on the 1st Category climb up Parowan Canyon through the ski resort town of Brian Head into Cedar Breaks National Monument, climbing 4,500 ft in 15 miles with some pitches hitting 15%.
Mawditt took the day’s first KOM points.
Olivier dropped his breakaway companions with 55kms to go. BMC Racing led the chase, his lead was 2m 30s. Olivier crested the second category 4 KOM clinb of the day alone, before hitting the long descent towards Cedar City.
Olivier was reeled in by the peloton as the pack got ready for a final sprint on the 3 laps of the finishing circuit.
McCabe was several bike lengths in front as he crossed the line ahead of Ulises Castillo, Edwin Vanegas and Brent Bookwalter in fourth.
Stage 2 tomorrow will return to Payson for a sprint in front of historic Peteetneet Museum before coming back though the start/finish at Memorial Park. Racers will make the final push to the climb up the Category 1 Mt. Nebo. The long descent into Payson has been technical enough, and riders have a tough time chasing back on. Expect a lone rider or some group over the top to make it to the finish together.
VIDEO: Tour of Utah Stage 1 Final Kilometres
2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1 Top 5
1 USA McCABE Travis Team Smart Stop 4h17'05
2 MEX CASTILLO Ulises Alfredo Jelly Belly-Maxxis m.t.
3 COL AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades Israel Cycling Academy m.t.
4 USA BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team m.t.
5 USA REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo m.t.
2018 Tour of Utah GC after Stage 1
1 USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC Racing Team 4h23'31
2 USA McCABE Travis Team Smart Stop + 2"
3 USA ROSSKOPF Joey BMC Racing Team + 4"
4 USA POWLESS Neilson Team LottoNL - Jumbo + 7"
5 NED EENKHOORN Pascal Team LottoNL - Jumbo + 11