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Tour of Utah Stage 4: Top Ten Finishes Continue

4. August 2016, Kearns, Utah (USA) — Road Team

Rick Zabel and Manuel Senni riding in the peloton. © Casey B. Gibson

BMC Racing Team continued their run of top ten finishes at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with Rick Zabel sprinting to ninth place on Stage 4 behind today's winner, (Holowesko | Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear).

The wide rolling roads and a fast pace at the beginning of the stage meant that it would take almost an hour of racing for a breakaway to establish a lead over the peloton.

With an expected sprint finish to come in Kearns, the peloton kept the breakaway in check and never allowed their advantage to reach beyond 2 minutes and 40 seconds

Going into the final 50 kilometers of the race, the peloton had pulled the lead of the breakaway back under a minute before finally reeling them in over the first of three finishing circuits.

No sooner had the race come back together than attacks went off the front of the main bunch including a breakaway move from Joey Rosskopf alongside 12 other riders as well as a solo attack from Dylan Teuns in the final 2.5 kilometers.

The pace was fast behind them and eventually with no team able to set up a clear lead out train, the race headed for a hectic sprint finish to the line.

There was no change at the top of the General Classification after today's stage with Rosskopf, Darwin Atapuma and Taylor Eisenhart maintaining their positions in the top ten behind race leader, Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)

Quotes from the Finish Line

Sports Director, Jackson Stewart:

"In the final today, the race broke up quite a bit and there were a couple of dangerous attacks. Joey was in one of them and put in a solid effort and then Dylan did a really impressive attack but that was chased down just in time for the sprint. There was a bit of a downhill corner into the sprint and then with a slight uphill to the line it ended up being quite a messy finish today. Nobody, including ourselves, were totally organised and we were a little bit spent from our earlier attacks. We did the best we could to help Rick and he was able to crack the top ten but it’s just unfortunate as Rick is looking really strong and is definitely capable of winning a stage.”

Rick Zabel: 

“I’m a bit disappointed with ninth place today to be honest. It was definitely a sprint for the win. I went into the final corner in a good position and was in 12th with 1 kilometer to go into the headwind. [Tom] Bohli helped me as much as he could and I wanted to wait behind him for as long as possible. It actually worked out quite well as I was in about second place when I started my sprint but with the headwind and the uphill it was just too early and the legs faded a little bit.”

“It’s obviously nice to be up there and I have had good results so far at this race but as a team we always want to win, that’s why we race. Tomorrow is another chance and I am feeling good. We have a strong team here who are all capable of doing something good.”

Race profile

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

Stage 4: IM Flash Technologies, Lehi - Kearns, 154km

Top 3: 1. Travis McCable (Holowesko | Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear), 2. Kiel Reijnen (Trek - Segafredo) 3. Sebastian Haedo (Team Jamis)

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 9. Rick Zabel 15. Fabian Lienhard 17. Tom Bohli 

BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 4. Darwin Atapuma 5. Joey Rosskopf 7. Taylor Eisenhart

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