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by Mark Zalewski
May 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen ends Grand Tour drought with Giro stage win; Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win; Canola makes it a hat trick in Japan; Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’; Van der Poel to race Albstadt World Cup Sunday; Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath; Planckaert has surgery for broken collarbone after Belgium Tour crash; Tour of Utah announces 2017 stages; Video: Van Garderen post-stage interview; Teaser: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; Video: ORICA-Scott pre-Giro, stage 18; Video: Duel on Hellfire Pass; Philippe Gilbert stops for mid-stage photoshoot at the Belgium Tour.
The 13th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, July 31 through August 6, will feature 600 miles (965.6km) of racing and 36,525 feet (11,132m) of elevation gain for the seven-day stage race. Three mountain-top finishes are included in this edition, with one being a challenging uphill individual time trial.
“We are proud to design and orchestrate new race courses each year,” said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the race. “This year’s Tour of Utah brings back the individual time trial and the circuit race at the Capitol, which will both challenge the professional athletes and energize our fans. With live broadcasts each day on Tour Tracker and FOX Sports Network, we can bring the excitement of the race and the beauty of Utah to fans all over the world.”
Returning to the Tour for the first time since 2011 is an individual time trial stage. The parcours will be a six-mile (9.65km) climb of Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Brighton Ski Resort. Also returning, for the first time since 2009, is the final stage in Salt Lake City, with finishing circuits around the Utah State Capitol buildings and Avenues neighborhood.
The Queen stage of the race has been reconfigured this year, but remains one of the toughest finishing climbs for any stage race, as it again features the Hors Category six-mile (9.65km) ascent of Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird Resort. The other mountaintop finishes are on Stage two at Snowbasin Resort and on Stage three with the ITT in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) won the 2016 edition of the race.