Breakaway day for Meyer before Haig climbs to fifth and moves up overall at the Tour of UtahSat 11 Aug 2018
Today's penultimate stage, a summit finish at the Tour of Utah, saw track star Cameron Meyer spend the day in the breakaway before Jack Haig climbed to fifth place which catapulted him up to fifth place overall on the classification.
After the day's breakaway was reeled in on the final climb, race leader Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked solo and held on for the stage win with Haig fighting on behind to take valuable seconds.
The start of the 151km stage saw an aggressive start to to the race with multiple attacks. Hamish Schreurs (Israel Cycling Academy) attacked after 10km and Meyer quickly joined.
The duo opened up a small 20second advantage before more riders bridged across. It looked like the group would be swallowed up by the peloton but Meyer countered attacked and nine riders followed.
Eventually the ten rider group settled ahead of the peloton and with a good composition, the elastic snapped and they were allowed some freedom to ride out to over three minutes.
Climbing and more time
Over the first category climb, the Guardsman pass, the breakaway continued to hover ahead around two minutes in front of the peloton, led by the leaders, Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
Meyer lost contact slightly with the group over the top of the climb but made contact again on the descent and by the time the group reached the bottom of the final climb, the Snowbird, their advantage shrunk to just one minuite.
Final summit and GC battle
As the road went up, the breakaway's advantage plummeted and after a long day out front Meyer was finally swept up as EF-Drapac set a hard pace at the front of the reduced peloton.
Kuss attacked the group and led the race solo up the climb and to the finish with Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) chasing solo behind and Haig in the next small group on the road. The Australian crossed the line in fifth place which moves him up to fifth place on GC with one more tough stage to come.
"The plan was to get one person in the breakaway, we had Sam, Cam and Lucas having a go. It took it a while for it to go but Cam managed to put himself up there which was perfect.
"On the climbs in the finish I felt pretty good, obviously Sepp Kuss is flying at the moment, he has the best form out of everyone in the race.
"I tried to play it quite tactical on the climb and do as little as possible, knowing we are racing at altitude and big efforts can really hurt up here.
"I just tried to be conservative to make sure and hopefully I have some energy and everything for tomorrow stage because the differences on tomorrow's stage can be even bigger, the goal now will be to try and move up in to the top three overall."
Tour of Utah stage 5 results:
1. Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) 4:02
2. Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) +0:39
3. Peter Stetina (Trek Segafredo)+1:18
5. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:27
General classification after stage 5:
1. Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) 18:32
2. Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) +1:21
3. Joe Dombrowski (EF-Drapac) +2:05
5. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:07
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