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Look for Slovenian cycling star Janez Brajkovič to test his legs on the steep grades towards the finish on the queen stage

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01.08.2015 @ 18:19 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will bring 8 riders to the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah to contest seven stages from August 3rd to 9th. Billed as ‘America’s Toughest Stage Race,’ the event is the first major UCI stage race following the Tour de France and will see North American teams clashing with the largest teams from around the world.

 

The men’s race, starting on August 3rd and concluding on August 9th, is a category 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the top-ranked events in North America. The 2015 Tour of Utah will cover 712 miles and 51,442 vertical feet of climbing. Downtown Logan will set the race off in style with a daunting 132-mile route and 6500 vertical feet of climbing through Logan Canyon. The race then takes two loops around a challenging circuit, setting the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train up for a sprint opportunity. It takes on a series of hilly stages in the middle of the week, perfect for the agile sprinting duo of Kiel Reijnen and Marco Canola. With punchy climbs leading into downtown finishes, the climbing abilities and tactical prowess of the riders will be useful assets to the team. John Murphy has had great success this year in Europe and North America, and will likely move to the front for the Blue Train with the help of his teammates when the race ends in a field sprint.

 

The week’s racing builds up to the mountaintop finish at Snowbird Resort on Saturday, August 8th. The Queen Stage ascends to almost 10,000 feet atop Guardsman Pass, before setting the riders up for the difficult and much anticipated finish at Snowbird resort. Look for Slovenian cycling star Janez Brajkovič to test his legs on the steep grades towards the finish on this important stage. The final stage of the 2015 Tour of Utah will take place in Park City. The beautiful aspen-covered hills will host a winding route with two significant climbs over the 78-mile route. Despite hundreds of miles already in their legs from the week of racing, attacks will inevitably fly on the final day with riders hoping to gain time on the slopes of Empire Pass. The legendary climb is a fitting end to the race, and will ensure the 2015 Tour of Utah finishes with fireworks.

 

The men’s team enters the race with a great number of strong results so far in 2015. The Italian Marco Canola captured the King of the Mountain jersey at the Criterium International. Brajkovič finished fifth overall at the Tour of the Gila this year, showing his form for the GC fight in Utah. Top Americans on the team include Kiel Reijnen, who finished third on Stage 5 at last year’s Tour of Utah, and John Murphy, who won the 2014 National Criterium Championship. Tanner Putt, a Utah native and formidable sprinter will be a home crowd favorite as he aids his teammates in lead outs and breakaways. All-rounder Chris Jones and team captain Jonny Clarke bring depth and extensive stage racing experience to the squad as they take on the difficult stages.

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