Tour of Utah opener a scorcher in St. George
ST. GEORGE, Utah – Serghei Tvetcov brought the heat to the opening prologue of the 14th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team, finishing sixth on the 5.3 kilometer out and back course, 10.51 seconds off the pace of the winner, Tejay van Garderen (BMC), who finished with a time of 6:27. Travis McCabe was the second-best finisher from the blue squad, claiming a superb eighth place, just 11.52 seconds behind the winning time.
Tvetcov top finisher in short prologue
Second overall last year, Gavin Mannion also finished with a strong time of 6:40, slotting him into 11th place on the day.
“It was a very good team-performance of our guys with four guys in the first 15 of the results,” team director Hendrik Redant said. It was a great performance from the BMC team with a full podium. Followed By two riders of Lotto-Jumbo, both of them world tour teams. We had the first pro-continental rider result with Serghei Tvetcov. Very nice.”
Colombian climber Daniel Jaramillo also finished within the top 20, with a 6:41 on the short, but testing course, putting all four riders within striking distance of the GC in the coming days.
“Tomorrow is expected to be a hard race with a long climb, but still predictions are that it will finish in a bunch sprint, so it will be great opportunity for Travis McCabe,” Redant said.