Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Stage 5: Bookwalter Sprints to Fifth Place4. August 2017, Bountiful (USA) — Road Team
Brent Bookwalter sprinted to fifth place from a reduced peloton on stage 5 of The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
After multiple breakaway attempts and a crash in the first hour of racing, a 15-rider breakaway, featuring Patrick Müller, went clear after 50km of racing.
With 110km remaining on the 185km stage, the breakaway was three minutes’ clear of the peloton, but with two climbs coming late in the stage, the peloton quickly started to bring the group back.
Disorganization in the breakaway in the final 60km saw their advantage decrease and eventually, the 15 riders split up on the approach to the first King of the Mountain at Bountiful Bench.
As the remaining breakaway riders were caught, Silvan Dillier attacked to reach the summit in second place and Bookwalter followed just behind in fifth.
Dillier held a 20” advantage over the bunch with 22km to go but the pace behind was too high and Dillier was eventually swept up.
As riders dropped off the back of the peloton, Bookwalter was well-position at the front on the second ascent of the Bountiful Bench climb and reached the summit in fourth place.
With 10km to go, there was a select group of 30 riders left to battle for the stage win and Bookwalter and Joey Rosskopf were in the mix for BMC Racing Team.
Rosskopf hit the front with 1.5km to go and Bookwalter sat in third wheel ready for the sprint but was ultimately overtaken by stage winner Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and settled for fifth place on the line.
With two stages remaining, Bookwalter has moved up to fifth place on the General Classification, 44 seconds behind Rob Britton (Rally Cycling).
In the Race Car with Jackson Stewart
“We had Patrick Müller in the breakaway but it wasn’t a super cooperative breakaway and it came back pretty quickly. At the bottom of the climb, Silvan Dillier went away but I think he underestimated the climb a little bit but it put pressure on the group. In the end, I don’t think we really had the legs to crush it on the last climb like we wanted to. Brent Bookwalter was up there the whole time and looked good. We hoped that a lot of the sprinters would be dropped on the climb but some of the fast guys made it over with the group which meant the sprint would be on. Brent was fifth on the line against some of the pure sprinters.”
“Tomorrow will be a big day with the Snowbird summit finish. Kilian Frankiny lost some time today and Brent moved up into fifth on GC, so Brent will be our protected rider. We’ll aim to race aggressively as we can and see what we can take out of it. With just two days left of racing, a lot could change tomorrow.”
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Stage 5 Layton > Bountiful (185.4km)
Top 3: 1. Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), 2. Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini), 3. Logan Owen (Axeon Hagens Berman).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 5. Brent Bookwalter, 8. Joey Rosskopf, 28. Martin Elmiger.
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