2012 Tour of Utah

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2012 Tour of Utah
2011–2012 UCI America Tour
Race details
Dates August 7–12, 2012
Stages 6
Winning time 21h 26' 32"
Palmares
Winner  Johann Tschopp (SUI) (BMC Racing Team)
Second  Matthew Busche (USA) (RadioShack-Nissan)
Third  Leopold König (CZE) (Team NetApp)

Mountains  Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) (Bissell)
Youth  Joseph Dombrowski (USA) (Bontrager-Livestrong)
Sprints  Michael Matthews (AUS) (Rabobank)
Team RadioShack-Nissan
2011
2013

The 2012 Tour of Utah was the ninth edition of the Tour of Utah. Once again, the race was included on the UCI America Tour, with a UCI classification of 2.1. As such, the race is only open to teams on the UCI Pro Tour, UCI Professional Continental and UCI Continental circuits. The race took place between August 7-12, 2012 as a six-day, six-stage race, with some major differences to the prior editions, such as the elimination of the prologue and the inclusion of a team time trial instead of an individual time trial. The 2012 Tour of Utah was one of five UCI-ranked stage races in the United States in 2012 and one of three (along with the 2012 Tour of California and the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which are both ranked 2.HC) that attracted multiple ProTeams to compete.

Teams[edit]

In July, the Tour of Utah announced a 17-team field, made up of six ProTeams (up from five), five UCI Professional Continental teams (up from four) and six UCI Continental teams (down from seven), thus giving the race a total of 17 teams (up from 16).[1] In total, eight of the 16 teams that competed in 2011 were invited to return to this event, as well as a ProTeam that merged into another ProTeam (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) and a team that competed in 2010, but did not get a place in 2011 (Bontrager-Livestrong). EPM-UNE is based in Colombia, and four of the five Professional Continental teams are not US-based, coming from Canada, China, the Netherlands and Germany.[1]

Contenders[edit]

In addition to all of the last four champions of the race -- (Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare), Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) and two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)) -- the race included potential contenders Tom Danielson (Garmin), Christian Vande Velde (Garmin), David Zabriskie (Garmin) and Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek). The race was held during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and 11 current or former Olympians competed.[2] Although each of the 17 teams was permitted to bring up to 8 starters (for a maximum of 136), the race included only 129 starters, because 3 of the ProTour teams (BMC, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, and Liquigas-Cannondale) brought only 6 and a fourth (Rabobank) brought only 7.[3]

Stages[edit]

Stage results
Stage[4] Date Route Terrain Length Winner
1 7 August OgdenOgden Medium mountain stage 131 mi (211 km)  Rory Sutherland (AUS)
2 8 August Miller Motorsports Park Team time trial 13.5 mi (21.7 km) Garmin-Sharp
3 9 August OgdenUniversity of Utah Medium mountain stage 88.5 mi (142.4 km)  Michael Matthews (AUS)
4 10 August LehiSalt Lake City Hilly stage 134.3 mi (216.1 km)  Jake Keough (USA)
5 11 August Kimball JunctionSnowbird Mountain stage 101.1 mi (162.7 km)  Johann Tschopp (SUI)
6 12 August Park City - Park City Hilly stage 76.73 mi (123.48 km)  Levi Leipheimer (USA)

Stage 1[edit]

August 7, 2012 -- Ogden - Ogden, Medium mountain stage, 131 miles (211 km)
For the first time, the Tour of Utah started with a full stage instead of a prologue. Although the route included five categorized climbs, a select peloton of 40 returned to downtown Ogden with the lead, resulting in a sprint finish.[5] After a few attempted breakaways in the final kilometers were thwarted, Rory Sutherland of UnitedHealthcare outsprinted the field, finishing several bike lengths ahead of Damiano Caruso of Liquigas-Cannondale, Brent Bookwalter of BMC Racing Team and Lawson Craddock of Bontrager-Livestrong.[5] Although the lead pack all finished in the same time, the first three across the finish line and intermediate sprint placers received time bonuses that gave them the lead.[5]

Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Rory Sutherland (AUS) UnitedHealthcare 5h 25' 41"
2  Damiano Caruso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale s. t.
3  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team s. t.
4  Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong s. t.
5  Leopold Koenig (CZE) Team NetApp s. t.
6  Michael Schär (SUI) BMC Racing Team s. t.
7  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp s. t.
8  Mathias Frank (SUI) BMC Racing Team s. t.
9  Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell s. t.
10  Ivan Santaromita (ITA) BMC Racing Team s. t.
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1  Rory Sutherland (AUS) Yellow jersey Jersey green.svg UnitedHealthcare 5h 25' 31"
2  Damiano Caruso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale + 4"
3  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 6"
4  Caleb Fairly (USA) SpiderTech-C10 + 8"
5  Lawson Craddock (USA) White jersey Bontrager-Livestrong +10"
6  Leopold Koenig (CZE) Team NetApp + 10"
7  Michael Schär (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 10"
8  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 10"
9  Mathias Frank (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 10"
10  Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell + 10"

Stage 2[edit]

August 8, 2012 -- Miller Motorsports Park, team time trial, 13.5 miles (21.7 km)
Team time in the team time trial was determined by the fifth member of the team to cross the finish line. The stage was easily won by the Garmin-Sharp team, pushing American Christian Vande Velde into the overall lead.[6] Levi Leipheimer's chances to defend his championships probably came to an end on this stage, as his weak Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, which only started with six riders, quickly dropped one rider and then repeatedly had to sit up to avoid dropping a second rider, placing last among the 17 teams and losing over two minutes as a result.[6]

Stage 2 Result
Team Time
1 Garmin-Sharp 22' 35"
2 Rabobank + 33"
3 RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
4 Bissell + 50"
5 UnitedHealthcare + 53"
6 BMC Racing Team + 58"
7 Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies + 1' 03"
8 Competitive Cyclist Racing Team + 1' 06"
9 Bontrager-Livestrong + 1' 08"
10 Team NetApp + 1' 10"
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Yellow jersey Garmin-Sharp 5h 48' 16"
2  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp s. t.
3  David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp s. t.
4  Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 30"
5  Wilco Kelderman (NED) White jersey Rabobank + 33"
6  Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank + 33"
7  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
8  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
9  George Bennett (NZL) RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
10  Rory Sutherland (AUS) Jersey green.svg UnitedHealthcare + 43"

Stage 3[edit]

August 9, 2012 -- Ogden to University of Utah, 88.5 miles (142.4 km)

Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Michael Matthews (AUS) Rabobank 3h 24' 07"
2  Michael Schär (SUI) BMC Racing Team s. t.
3  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team s. t.
4  Rory Sutherland (AUS) Jersey green.svg UnitedHealthcare s. t.
5  Caleb Fairly (USA) SpiderTech-C10 s. t.
6  Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong s. t.
7  Damiano Caruso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale s. t.
8  Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy s. t.
9  Joshua Atkins (NZL) Bontrager-Livestrong s. t.
10  Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team s. t.
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Yellow jersey Garmin-Sharp 9h 12' 23"
2  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp s. t.
3  David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp s. t.
4  Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 30"
5  Wilco Kelderman (NED) White jersey Rabobank + 33"
6  Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank + 33"
7  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
8  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
9  George Bennett (NZL) RadioShack-Nissan + 38"
10  Rory Sutherland (AUS) UnitedHealthcare + 43"

Stage 4[edit]

August 10, 2012 -- Lehi - Salt Lake City, 134.3 miles (216.1 km)

Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare 4h 47' 06"
2  Marco Benfatto (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale s. t.
3  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp s. t.
4  Michael Matthews (AUS) Jersey green.svg Rabobank s. t.
5  Alexandro Candelario (USA) Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies s. t.
6  Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy s. t.
7  Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team s. t.
8  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team s. t.
9  Martin Velits (SVK) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s. t.
10  Robigzon Leandro Oyola (COL) EPM-UNE s. t.
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Yellow jersey Garmin-Sharp 13h 59' 29"
2  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 3"
3  David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 3"
4  Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 33"
5  Wilco Kelderman (NED) White jersey Rabobank + 36"
6  Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank + 36"
7  George Bennett (NZL) RadioShack-Nissan + 41"
8  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 41"
9  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 41"
10  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 50"

Stage 5[edit]

August 11, 2012 -- Kimball Junction to Snowbird, 101.1 miles (162.7 km)

Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Johann Tschopp (SUI) BMC Racing Team 4h 18' 20"
2  Leopold König (CZE) Team NetApp + 43"
3  Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong + 47"
4  Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong + 52"
5  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 1' 00"
6  Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech-C10 + 1' 02"
7  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 1' 02"
8  Mathias Frank (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 1' 23"
9  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Yellow jersey Garmin-Sharp + 1' 38"
10  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 1' 38"
General Classification after Stage 5
Rider Team Time
1  Johann Tschopp (SUI) Yellow jersey BMC Racing Team 18h 18' 49"
2  Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 38"
3  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 43"
4  Leopold König (CZE) Team NetApp + 53"
5  Joseph Dombrowski (USA) White jersey Bontrager-Livestrong + 58"
6  Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong + 1' 03"
7  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 1' 19"
8  Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech-C10 + 1' 21"
9  Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 1' 22"
10  Mathias Frank (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 1' 24"

Stage 6[edit]

August 12, 2012 -- Park City - Park City, 76.73 miles (123.48 km)

Stage 6 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3h 06' 54"
2  Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank + 49"
3  Leopold König (CZE) Team NetApp + 49"
4  Johann Tschopp (SUI) Yellow jersey BMC Racing Team + 49"
5  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 49"
6  Joseph Dombrowski (USA) White jersey Bontrager-Livestrong + 49"
7  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 49"
8  Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong + 49"
9  Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech-C10 + 49"
10  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 49"
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1  Johann Tschopp (SUI) Yellow jersey BMC Racing Team 21h 26' 32"
2  Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 43"
3  Leopold König (CZE) Team NetApp + 49"
4  Joseph Dombrowski (USA) White jersey Bontrager-Livestrong + 58"
5  Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager-Livestrong + 1' 03"
6  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 1' 08"
7  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 1' 19"
8  Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech-C10 + 1' 21"
9  Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Rabobank + 1' 29"
10  Mathias Frank (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 1' 31"

Overall[edit]

Classification leadership[edit]

Stage Winner General classification
Yellow jersey
Sprints classification
Jersey green.svg
Mountains classification
Polkadot jersey
Young rider classification
White jersey
Most Aggressive
Orange Jersey
Team classification
1 Rory Sutherland Rory Sutherland Rory Sutherland Ben Jacques-Maynes Lawson Craddock Jesse Anthony BMC Racing Team
2 Garmin-Sharp Christian Vande Velde Wilco Kelderman no award Garmin-Sharp
3 Michael Matthews Michael Matthews Timmy Duggan Michael Matthews
4 Jake Keough Jasper Stuyven
5 Johann Tschopp Johann Tschopp Ben Jacques-Maynes Joseph Dombrowski Francisco Mancebo
6 Levi Leipheimer Rory Sutherland RadioShack-Nissan
Final Johann Tschopp Michael Matthews Ben Jacques-Maynes Joseph Dombrowski no award RadioShack-Nissan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b VeloNews.com (10 July 2012). "Field of 17 teams announced for 2012 Tour of Utah". VeloNews. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Press release (2 August 2012). "Riders to Watch at 2012 Tour of Utah- 11 Olympians on Rosters". Tour of Utah. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Pat Malach (3 August 2012). "Leipheimer and Omega Pharma-QuickStep confirmed for Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah". CyclingNews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Press release. "The Race: 2012 Tour". Tour of Utah. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Pat Malach (8 August 2012). "Sutherland wins stage 1 at Tour of Utah". CyclingNews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Kyle Moore (8 August 2012). "Garmin-Sharp nails Tour of Utah team time trial, Vande Velde takes race lead". VeloNation. Retrieved 8 August 2012.