Ricardo Escuela wins twilight crit at Tour of Utah

Posted on 16. Aug, 2008 by in photos, race

Everyday when I talked to the Sucessfull Living team, the team plan always  included that Ricardo Escuela was going to win stage 3, the twilight crit at the Tour of Utah. And the fast Argentinean delivered the goods, outsprinting Fast Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing) to the line. Toyota-United’s Jonnie Clarke was third.

What else can you say about a crit? The riders went around a dead flat four-corner course   with a headwind on the backside for 60 minutes plus 3 laps.

Oh and one of Salt Lake City’s finest was giving out jaywalking tickets during the race. Almost got one.

No changes in the overall general classification. The stage is set for a shoot out on Saturday’s Queen stage as only 38 seconds separate 12 contenders from Caldwell. Stage 4 is the 98.1-mile (159 km) Snowbird Road Race that starts in Park City, climbs over five KOMs to the mountain top finish at Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon Рa total 14,778 feet of climbing.
No changes in the other jerseys either.

Easier to let the photos do the talking…

Justin England (Toyota-United) throwing kisses 
Smiles on the start line
Immediately, Garmin-Chipotle’s Pate, Frishkorn and Danielson went to the front to control the peloton

Jonnie Clarke (Toyota-United)  following the rules
Ben Day (Toyota-United) took a solo flyer off the front which lasted about 10 laps

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Chipotle) did a lot of work at the front


Fans come in all ages

Ben Day is still off the front solo but not for long

Teddy King (Bissell) is about to join him but they will be reeled in soon

Still the GARmen at the front

Best Young Rider Peter Stetina (Garmin-Chipotle), Caldwell and his shadow Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)

Less than 10 laps to go

Sprint to the line

Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living) wins


Best Young Rider Peter Stetina, Yellow Jersey Blake Caldwell
Fast Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing), Jonnie Clarke (Toyota-United)

More photos here
Full results here

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One Response to “Ricardo Escuela wins twilight crit at Tour of Utah”

  1. Nikki

    16. Aug, 2008

    Lyne I love your write-ups and pics – so once again – thank you(!) for keeping us updated with our races here in the states. Truly great work and it’s very much appreciated as I know it’s not easy work! Now we just got to work on getting you here for some fun next year!