The second stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will show off a skill that is rarely seen at races in North America, the team time trial.
“The team time trial is a little tricky and it will definitely favor the strong teams obviously. It puts an emphasis on the team and takes it off the individual. It can break a strong guy on a weaker team but it can also really set up a team with a lot of options so it’s a dynamic race.” said Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare).
Utah-native and Salt Lake city resident, Louder has not only raced in most of the editions of the Tour of Utah – including the overall win in 2008 – but he’s also spent many hours training on many of the same roads that the peloton will face this year. Louder shared with podiuminisight on each stage of this year’s edition.
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The race against the clock returns to the Miller Motorsports Park, the site of the previous individual time trials at this event. Each team will complete 3 laps of a 4.5-mile course, totaling 13.5 miles or 21.75 km.
“The course is not technical. It’s a race track so it’s wide open and the biggest difficulty will probably be the heat and maybe the wind.” Louder continued.
The forecast calls for highs in the mid 90s by the middle of the afternoon and probably much hotter on the black tarmac.
Louder doesn’t foresee any big time gaps. “There’s a lot of speed out there. It’s going to be a matter of who can work the most efficiently together as it always is.”
Divided into six heats of three teams, the squads will start every three minutes. The finishing time for the team will be determined by the finish of the fifth rider across the finish line. Any riders falling behind the fifth rider will be awarded a finishing time based on when they crossed the line.
Stage 2 details:
- Length: 13.5 mi. (21.75 km)
- Start time: 12:15 p.m.
- Estimated Finish: 3:45 p.m.
- See start times
- No XO Communications sprint
- No Ski Utah KOMs