Salt Lake City, Utah – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s Rory Sutherland (AUS) finished fourth today, Thursday, August 9, in Stage Three of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, following three and one-half hours suffering with the peloton in the scorching August heat. Sutherland, who won Stage One of the Tour, missed the podium this afternoon by the narrowest of margins following a fast and furious sprint finish in which Rabobank Cycling Team’s Michael Matthews (AUS) emerged victorious. The BMC Racing Team duo of Michael Char (SUI) and Brent Bookwalter (USA) took second and third place, respectively.
Sutherland’s finish allowed him to remain in the top 10 of America’s Toughest Stage Race. The Teammates of the 10th placed rider in the Tour’s General Classification were once again outstanding in their effort today. Salt Lake City native, Jeff Louder (USA), took the Miller Lite Best Utah Rider’s jersey while Phil Deignan (IRE) put in a massive effort getting out and staying in a break comprised of several Pro Tour team riders. Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Sharp remains the overall leader heading into tomorrow’s Fourth Stage.
General Manager and Team Director, Mike Tamayo, commented on the work of the boys in blue, stating, “Phil getting in the breakaway put us in a great position today. That was an all Pro Tour break. You never know when a move like that is going to make it all the way to the finish, so you want to be represented. We knew that we had Rory for the sprint at the end and Jeff Louder (USA) did a great job bringing back the one BMC rider with about 16km to go on the last climb.”
Tamayo continued, “BMC took over the lead out and we saw Rory finish fourth. We’re happy with today’s results. We’re still in contention for the XO Communications Sprint Leader’s jersey and we took the Miller Lite Best Utah Rider’s jersey this afternoon with Jeff.”
The 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues tomorrow, Friday, August 10, with Stage Four, a 134.2 miles/216.2km road race from Lehi to Salt Lake City.
TEAM UNITEDHEALTHCARE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 LARRY H. MILLER TOUR OF UTAH (August 7-12):
• Jeff Louder (USA)
• Philip Deignan (IRE)
• Rory Sutherland (AUS)
• Hilton Clarke (AUS)
• Robert Förster (GER)
• Jake Keough (USA)
• Chris Jones (USA)
• Ben Day (AUS)
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