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by Shane Stokes
January 11, 2018
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The host cities for August’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have been made public, with the race beginning a week later than recent years with a prologue in St. George. That will be followed by stages based around Cedar City and Payson City, a race from Antelope Island State Park to Layton City, a Salt Lake City stage, a penultimate leg from Canyons Village to Snowbird Resort and then a concluding day of racing in Park City.
“The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will break new ground with its southernmost start amid the red rocks of St. George before traveling north to the ultimate finish line in Park City,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Tour of Utah. “The 2018 race will captivate fans across the state, showcase the beauty of Utah and demonstrate the diversity of our communities and terrain. With an initial commitment from four WorldTour teams, we look forward to hosting a world-class peloton in Utah.”
The WorldTour teams which have committed at this point are the BMC Racing Team, Trek-Segafredo, Mitchelton-Scott and EF Education First-Drapac. Further details of teams will follow, as will more details of the stages and distances.
“Tour organizers note the event’s growth since 2011, when the race was first elevated as a UCI-sanctioned event,” said those organisers in a statement. “Television viewership has expanded with international broadcast partners providing coverage in 193 markets, and Fox Sports Network providing coverage nationally. A full week of webcasting with Tour Tracker presented by Adobe engaged 136,000 fans across 109 countries through consumption on mobile devices and the Tour’s website.
“The Tour of Utah is the only North American stage race that offers start-to-finish online coverage.”