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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
Dubbed “America’s Toughest Race,” the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah doesn’t just serve-up a ferocious climbing heavy course. The elements of summer in the western United States makes the race that much tougher and has the ability to put a rider to his knees if nutrition is not dealt with properly.
The parcours of the 2016 Tour of Utah will have the riders tackling over 16,000 metres (52,400ft) of climbing across the seven-day race, which runs from August 1-7.
The racing begins in the picturesque Zion National Park, marking the occasion of the centennial birthday of the U.S. National Park Service. The race finishes with a demanding 125km (78mi) circuit around Park City.
The Tour of Utah comes the week following the Tour de France and sees not as deep a field on the WorldTour front, with only four such teams taking the start in 2016. Defending champion Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) and Darwin Atapum (BMC Racing) are shoulders above the rest, but behind them a stacked field of pro continental and continental riders are looking to spoil the party.
Atapuma and Dombrowski have a history of racing against each other this year with both battling in the breakaway on the mountainous penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia in May. Atapuma rode to second on that stage with Dombrowski not far behind in third.
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