Longest Stage of Tour of Utah was a Scorcher

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Tour of Utah, Stage 3

Start/Finish: Richfield /Payson, Utah

Distance: 191.8 kilometers

Payson, Utah — Wednesday’s Stage 3 of the Tour of Utah headed into the Wasatch Mountains and featured the epic Mt. Nebo climb, which crested at nearly 2,745 meters. At 191.8 kilometers in length, the day served as the race’s longest and with temperatures reaching above 38°C/100°F, it was so far the hottest.

Five riders attacked immediately heading out of Richfield and Tom Zirbel (Rally Cycling) bridged up making the break six. The group hit a maximum gap of 3:40. Following the second intermediate sprint, Simon Pellaud (IAM Cycling) and Andrei Krasilnikau (Holowesko Citadel presented by Hincapie Sportswear) set off from this group. As the race reached the lower slopes of Mt. Nebo, all the early escapees were caught.

Immediately, Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis) attacked and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cyling Team) grabbed his wheel. Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) bridged up and the trio reached the summit together. The challenging climb splintered the chasing peloton in numerous groups while the technical descent into Payson saw the riders reaching speeds of around 90 km/h. With one kilometer …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk