Bunch Sprint Wraps Up Day 4 in Utah3. August 2017, South Jordan City (USA) — Road Team
After a race against the clock on stage 3 of The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the peloton faced a long, but relatively flat, 199km on stage 4.
The initial 10km of dirt roads had been removed from the parcours due to rider safety so the only factor left to influence the race was wind in the exposed sections of the course.
Stage 4 followed a similar pattern to the opening two days and it was a battle for the breakaway to go away with the sprinters’ teams bringing any threatening moves back before the first intermediate sprint at Cedar Fort.
Eventually, after 60km of racing, a six-rider breakaway went clear while behind, BMC Racing Team’s riders sat comfortably in the bunch.
The breakaway extended an advantage of more than five minutes and it wasn’t until inside the final 50km of the stage when the chase started to heat up.
Splits in the breakaway formed as riders tried to stay away but the speed of the peloton was too high and the last remaining breakaway riders were swept up with 20km remaining.
In the final kilometers, both Silvan Dillier and Joey Rosskopf launched separate attacks to try and upset the predicted bunch sprint.
In the end, the sprinter’s determination saw John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel p/b/ Hincapie Sportswear) take the win while all of BMC Racing Team’s riders crossed the line safely.
Brent Bookwalter retained his sixth place on the General Classification with three stages to go.
In the Race Car with Jackson Stewart
“It was a flat stage and then they took the dirt section out which in hindsight was disappointing. Last week it was definitely not safe to ride on but today we drove passed in and it looked ok. So in the end it was quite a boring loop and as it was supposed to be a sprinters’ stage we were hoping for some wind to break things up. It never got too windy and it took 60km for the breakaway to go, but was a good breakaway for the GC teams to control. We tried to go in a few of those moves but they didn’t work. In the end, without crosswinds, we knew it would be a sprint so we tried some moves, tried to be up there.”
“The guys were able to conserve a little bit of energy for the next stages. Tomorrow has a few difficult climbs in the finishing circuit so typically it will be a group of 30-50 riders and a sprint out of that. It’s not quite hard enough for the GC to really be blown up but it will be a good day for an opportunist.”
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Stage 4 South Jordan City > South Jordan City (199km)
Top 3: 1. John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel p/b/ Hincapie Sportswear), 2. Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling), 3. Mikhel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 27. Martin Elmiger, 34. Joey Rosskopf, 36. Silvan Dillier.
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