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News and Updates for Tour of Utah 2015 Stage 2 | Natnael (MTN – QHUBEKA) FINISH 12TH

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Stage 2 Results
SLO 1 KOCJAN, Jure (TEAM SMARTSTOP) 3:37:27 USA 2 CARPENTER, Robin (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM) USA 3 BOOKWALTER, Brent (BMC RACING) USA 4 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) COL 5 AVILA VANEGAS, Edwin Alcibiades (COLOMBIA) USA 6 OWEN, Logan (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) USA 7 HOWES, Alex (TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN) NZL 8 SMITH, Dion (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM) USA 9 MANNION, Gavin (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS) RSA 10 THOMSON, Jay Robert (MTN - QHUBEKA) USA 11 MCCABE, Travis (TEAM SMARTSTOP) ERI 12 BERHANE, Natnael (MTN - QHUBEKA) SUI 13 SCHÄR, Michael (BMC RACING) ITA 14 BARBIN, Enrico (BARDIANI CSF) POR 15 GUERREIRO, Ruben (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) GER 16 ZEPUNTKE, Ruben (TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN) USA 17 HORNER, Christopher (AIRGAS-SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM) AUS 18 NORRIS, Lachlan (DRAPAC) CAN 19 WOODS, Michael (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES) USA 20 KING, Benjamin (TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN)

Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah offers a little bit of everything for all types of riders, so it should be an exciting stage. Join The Roar for live race updates and coverage from 4:30am (AEST).

After a late stage breakaway from Kiel Reijnen claimed a wet and windy win yesterday, today’s 162 kilometres (or 100 miles for American folk) between Tremonton and Ogden are predominantly flat, with only one major difficulty.

As the riders leave from Tremonton, the peloton face a 30-kilometre circuit before the first sprint of the day, back in Tremonton. The sprinters will want to keep the peloton together to gain sprint points, or time in general classification.

The next sprint comes at 62 kilometres. By this stage, the breakaway should get away, but there is the potential that the sprinters may get another opportunity to show their talent.

The next 60 kilometres are flat, until the riders start the only climb of the day, the category three test of North Ogden Divide. The climb itself is a brute, averaging over 9 per cent for 3.2 kilometres.

Do not expect all of the key sprinters to get over the top of this climb, but depending on how fast the leading general classification riders go up the climb, the sprinters may claw back to the leading group on the descent. However, the climb is completed with only 30 kilometres on the stage.

The official race website gave a description of the final events on today’s stage:

“This part of Stage 2 features a 10 per cent average gradient as riders circle around Pineview Reservoir and tackle North Ogden Divide. Then comes the rapid descent back toward downtown Ogden. Fans will witness three laps around a two-mile circuit with a thrilling finish on historic 25th Street, a fitting cap for a day that challenges every rider’s skill.”

The conclusion is likely to either see the breakaway fight for the stage, or a small group of punchy sprinters contest it.

Obviously yellow jersey wearer Kiel Reijnen looks on form, and he is one of the better climbers from this race’s group of sprinters. However, my favourite is Sonny Colbrelli, who finished yesterday second in the bunch sprint back in the peloton.

Yesterday, Bardiani did a lot of work over the final climb to reduce the gap, and with a steeper climb on offer today, they will again be looking to split the field to reduce the amount of sprinters in the bunch.

Other names to look out for include Alex Howes, Wouter Wippert (if he can get over the final climb), Eric Young, Jure Kojcan and Juan Sebastian Molano.

Also, GC contenders may attack on the climb and hold off the peloton on the 30 kilometre descent to the finish

 

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