Kiel Reijnen Sprints onto the Podium at Tour of Utah, Stage 5
Kiel Reijnen continued his successful week of racing with a sprint onto the podium in stage 5 of the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The 163.1-kilometer stage began in Evanston, Utah, taking the riders through the High Uintas Wilderness and over Bald Mountain Pass to the town of Kamas, Utah for the finish. Jeff Louder made his way into the move of the day with just two other riders, fighting through wind and rain to build an advantage of 2 minutes. Three more riders later joined the effort, bringing the advantage up to 5 minutes. Towards the end of the race, the sprint teams began to chase harder and harder, bringing the breakaway back rider-by-rider. Today’s breakaway had special meaning for Utah-native Jeff Louder, as he recently announced that 2014 would be his final season racing as a professional. Jeff will race the rest of the season with the team, then transition into the next chapter of this life. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team thanks Jeff for his valued contributions to the team as an outstanding rider and remarkable teammate. Jeff was awarded the most aggressive rider jersey for his tremendous efforts on the road today.
With the Jeff Louder back in the Peloton, the team set their sights on chasing down the remaining breakaway riders to give teammate Kiel Reijnen another shot at the podium. When the race entered a 2-kilometer-long dirt section, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took to the front, setting a brutal pace with 15 kilometers remaining. The last breakaway riders were caught with 5 kilometers left in the race, signaling a drag race for the sprint trains. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team worked hard to deliver Reijnen to the line in great position, with Reijnen sprinting to 3rd place in the finale. Sporting Director Mike Tamayo commented, “We know that Kiel is one of the quickest sprinters here and we know that he can win, so we took responsibility of closing down the final break. With the fast run-in to the finish, the team did a great job keeping Kiel safe and putting him in position for the sprint.” Kiel Reijnen added, “The team was incredible for me today. The run-in was very narrow, making positioning at the front especially important. The guys got me there then took an amazing pull, like nothing I’ve ever seen before, bringing me into the final corner in a great position. We’ve had some really close ones this week, I gave it what I had and the guys gave it all they had. We missed the win, but I’m happy to deliver the podium for them.” This is Reijnen’s fourth top-ten finish out of five stages at the Tour of Utah, with two stages remaining in the race.