sorry for the delay… took a short mental break
The Garmin-Chipotle won its second stage at Tour of Utah, as again a small break made it to the finish line and this time Blake Caldwell outsprinted his two-man breakaway companion Darren Lill (BMC) to take the win.
The Garmen boys set the stage early on in the second stage, an 85-mile (137 km) road race with 4 clombs and 10,585 feet (3,226 m) of climbing. Will Frishkorn launched a surprise attack in the first miles of the race. He was caught pretty soon but it sure got the adrenalin going. The first climb, at only 9 miles (16 km) into the stage was a leg buster and shattered the field into small groups under the driving pace of two Garmin and Scott Nydam (BMC).
Putting the hurt on
“I was hoping to not have to do anything to defend that jersey but I ended up having to go for that first sprint. I got over the first climb, 5 or 6 guys or a little bit more than that, I thought we’d keep it rolling to the first sprint, no one was there to contend, I thought they’d give it to me, people starting coming back on and coming on, then a lot of it came back together, it was a little tough but I was happy to take the sprint and then I just kept rolling for the climb, figured I could ride the climb at my own tempo and just get caught half way up that would be better than following all the accelerations up the climb. It worked out really well for me, the second climb was kind of a non factor for me which was really good.” said White
Again the field was strung out up the second climb, Trappers Loop and the lead group numbers dwindled.
After the descent, the lead group was about 45 riders. And Scott Nydam (BMC) who was flying, crashed out and broke his collarbone.
“It was just a moment of not paying attention. I rubbed wheel with Brent. I threw a bottle and I looked over, and oh soot I’m going to get a fine for that and then I rubbed. I was going left, Brent was going right, and we just rubbed wheels. We were moving pretty good, I went down and it was pretty painful and I got up, and then tried to put it back together and my collarbone moved out of place, that’s it. My helmet took a hit, it did its job. Pain.” said Nydam after the stage.
The lead group continued, making its way to Big Mountain, and the name is well deserved. Ian McKissick (BMC) and Sheldon Deeny (Fan Sports Network) set most of the pace for the group.
With 5 k to go to the climb, McKissick flatted and after his wheel change was absorbed by a chase group.
“Ian was in the break with me, he was doing a great job of maintaining the pace, the other guys in the break didn’t seem to want to come through and it was pretty much him and the guy in the KOM jersey, the two of them and myself, I was riding through to relieve them sometimes but I really trying to save for the climbs and it was really unfortunate that Ian punctured with 5 K to go to Big Mountain but I was feeling good and at the stage, I decided I had to commit and I was just praying for good legs, I felt that I had good legs, it would have been nice to have been able to ride Blake off but I think he benefited from being able to sit on and he had fresher legs going into the climb. I guess he did a good job to stay there.” said Lill.
And Lill did commit. He went for broke on the climb and only Caldwell jumped on his wheel. With the yellow jersey on Caldwell’s teammate shoulders, Jason Donald, he was excused from pulling and Lill did all the work on the climb. The duo was off and the small select chase group was not able to reel them in.
“I just was at the front so I got second on the first one, I went oh well, and then the next one, it was a big chainring sort of finish, a few guys were before me but I just caught them and went around them. then the last one, I rode tempo all the way up on my own, no one came over at the top, I had all the guys behind me, I don’t like when guys sort of surge or attack but I can always stay with them but I prefer to ride at the front, set a hard enough tempo hat guys don’t attack. No one sort of contested over the top.” said Chadwick who led in the chase group over the top of Big Mountain and got enough points to grad the KOM jersey.
Caldwell win the two-man sprint for the stage win, Lill got second.
In the general classification, only 38 seconds separate 13 riders with 3 riders each from Garmin-Chipotle: Caldwell, Donald and Best Young Rider Peter Stetina, BMC: Lill, Louder and Bookwalter and Rock Racing: Oscar Sevilla, Cesar Grajales and Tyler Hamilton. And then we have the lone wolves of Baldwin, Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell), Chadwick and Phil Zajicek (Health Net-Maxxis). The stage is set but we all have to wait until Saturday’s Queen stage before the outcome is known as the next stage is a ‘day off’ for the climbers. Two years, the queen stage was won by Caldwell.
“We lost today Scott Nydam to a collarbone and Steve Bovay, he’s been fighting an illness for the pat 5-6 days, it’s been tough for him. We’re obviously strong but we are also a little undermanned, I think we’re in a good position that we don’t have the jersey, we’re in good striking position, Snowbird will decide. Everything else we’re going to do this all week is just a formality because Snowbird is so hard, it’s just wear all your legs a little bit. We have good numbers, obviously the training camp and preparation has paid off, it pays to know.” said Louder after the stage.
Friday is the 90-minute four-corner crit in downtown Salt Lake City. While not many sprinters are on the start list for this race, a few names to watch are Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living), Roman Kilun (Health Net-Maxxis), Jared Barrilleaux (Jittery Joe’s), Fast Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing), Jonny Clarke (Toyota-United) and Ryan Anderson (LandRover-Orbea).
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