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Tour of Utah: A Day for the Breakaway on Stage 2

2. August 2016, Torrey, Utah (USA) — Road Team

BMC Racing Team ride together in the peloton. © Casey B. Gibson

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Stage 2 was ultimately a day for the breakaway with Robert Carpenter (Holowesko | Citadel) and Ruben Companioni (Team Jamis) taking first and second respectively before Rick Zabel sprinted to sixth place in the race for the line behind them.

There were multiple attacks over the first hour of racing with BMC Racing Team’s Joey Rosskopf involved in every major breakaway attempt but the peloton were setting a high pace and were able to mark every move.

After 50 kilometers of racing a two rider breakaway was able to establish a lead over the peloton and as they reached the summit of Boulder Mountain they had extended a maximum advantage of 7 minutes 30 seconds.

The peloton chased hard over the final finishing circuit in Torrey in order limit the time gap to the two breakaway riders with the main bunch eventually crossing the line 2 minutes and 7 seconds behind new race leader Carpenter.

Quotes from the Finish Line

Sports Director, Jackson Stewart: 

“Today was another really tough day of racing especially at the beginning when there were a lot of tactics at play in terms of teams trying to put riders in the breakaway. We didn't necessarily want to use Joey as much as we did at the beginning but he did a great job for us. It was a really hard first hour and a half of the race and he went into a strong breakaway and not too many could make that move. We were definitely on the offensive and in a good position so other teams had to chase and control the race.”

“We weren’t too concerned about the breakaway going all the way to the finish as there is still a lot of big climbs to come. We did our best as a team and Rick was able to sprint to sixth in the end. We had the idea that if it was going to be a sprint that Rick would go for it but the motivation was a bit lower when it was for third place. It was still a hard and hectic sprint though and everyone was going for it. We didn’t have the biggest sprint lead out but as a team we did a good job with Fabian [Lienhard], Joey and TJ (Eisenhart] all pulling really hard as well as [Tom] Bohli helping bring Rick back to bunch after he got a flat inside 10 kilometers to go.”

Rick Zabel: 

“It was a super fast and straight sprint today and with the breakaway staying out in front we were all racing for third place. With 400 meters to go I was sat in sixth position and after yesterday, when I was a little bit too far in front when I started my sprint, I wanted to come up from behind today. When the sprint started I was stuck in the wheel of the yellow jersey so I already had a gap of a couple of meters and eventually I could come around to get sixth.”

“I am happy with that result after the stage as it was a tough day out there. At the beginning the pace was super quick so respect to the two guys who got away because the peloton was definitely going full gas up Boulder Mountain.”

Joey Rosskopf: 

“After yesterday, we didn’t want to be stuck in position to have to chase like that again, although at the end we did end up chasing pretty hard. We knew we wanted to go on the offensive and I was feeling really good at the start and felt strong over the hills so I could go with the attacks. Unfortunately a couple of teams weren’t happy with that initial break so they brought us back. It was definitely a little out of control for a while at the beginning with two or three groups of up to ten riders each spread out across the road before we settled in to the stage for the another tough day of racing.”

Race profile

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

Stage 2: Escalante - Torrey, 160km

Top 3: 1. Robert Carpenter (Holowesko | Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear) 2. Ruben Companioni (Team Jamis) 3. Travis McCabe (Holowesko | Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 6. Rick Zabel 17. Darwin Atapuma 30. Fabian Lienhard

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