Posted by Editoress on 08/4/16
American Travis McCabe (Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team presented by Hincapie Sportswear) edged out his competitors in the chaotic bunch sprint to win Stage 4 presented by UnitedHealthcare at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. McCabe scored one of the biggest wins of his career in a time of three hours and 23 minutes in the township of Kearns, known for fast finishes in speed skating at the Utah Olympic Oval. A bike length separated McCabe from runner-up Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) and third-place finisher Sebastian Lucas Haedo (Team Jamis).
“We just waited patiently. It was a pretty hectic finish coming into the final at 70-kilometres an hour, and it was a pretty choppy wind. It was pretty much a patience game. I stayed in good position, but not too (far) forward,” said McCabe, who finished third on Stage 2 presented by America First Credit Union on Tuesday.
It is the second stage win for the Holowesko l Citadel team, as teammate Robin Carpenter won Stage 2 in Torrey. “This past week has been great for us. The Stage 2 third place was a validation that I had the legs. I was pretty confident coming into the last 500 meters.”
Australian Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly presented by MAXXIS Cycling Team) finished safely in the bunch and retained the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey. With little change in the overall standings, Morton continues to hold a seven-second lead over Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) and a nine-second margin on Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling). The time bonus for second place moved Reijnen into the top 10 in the general classification.
“It’s always good to be on the podium, but when the guys work hard for you, you want to win. We’ve got another shot tomorrow,” commented Reijnen, who won Stage 1 at the 2015 Tour of Utah. “I did not get the stage win, lost the points jersey and the fan favourite all to one guy. What are you gonna do?”
Stage winner McCabe takes over the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey and was voted the America First Credit Union Fan Favourite as Best Sprinter. Costa retained the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey and the Subaru Best Young Rider jersey.
The start of Stage 4 presented by UnitedHealthcare began on the corporate campus of IM Flash in Lehi. The 95.7-mile (154 km) route featured two Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines along the 28-mile stretch of the Mountain View Corridor (MVC) in the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains. Four riders were left off the front by the last of the two and a half laps of the MVC freeway, but their four-minute lead eventually went down to 20 seconds with 12 miles to go.
Fans were treated to an action-packed finish along a four-mile circuit that finished adjacent to the Utah Olympic Oval, site of the long track speed skating events for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The last survivor of the break, American Matthew Busche (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), put in a final solo attack, but it was fruitless. Busche was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey for his efforts.
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