Meyer 14th as Mitchelton-SCOTT get through the first sprint stage safely at the Tour of UtahTue 7 Aug 2018
The first road stage at the Tour of Utah concluded with a bunch sprint today in Cedar City with Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Cameron Meyer the highest finisher in 14th place.
The team's general classification hopeful Jack Haig crossed the line in the main bunch, just two seconds down on the stage winner Travis McCabe (United Health Care) to remain in contention with plenty of stages still to come.
In the opening kilometres of the 162km road stage, four riders, Daan Olivier (Lotto-NL Jumbo), Lionel Mawditt (JBC), Evan Huffman (RLY) and George Simpson (Elevate KHS) attacked away from the peloton and created lead of over four minutes.
Peloton in control
As the riders headed up the first of two king of the mountain primes, Cedar Break, a climb reaching 3170metres, the lead group began to split and their time gap reduced.
Race leaders Team BMC headed the chase, controlling the distance between the peloton and the front of the race and over the top of the second KOM, with just 43km to go, only one rider Olivier remained out front. The solo rider continued to push the pace as the other three original escapees were swept up.
All for a sprint
More attacks came in the final flat approach to the finish, but the sprint teams worked to keep the race together on the final three finishing laps and the stage eventually concluded with a bunch sprint.
With some small time gaps given on the finish line, Meyer and Haig crossed the line in the front section of the peloton to finish just one and two seconds down on the winner and remain in contention overall.
"Today's stage was pretty good, quite hot again and relatively controlled. It took a little bit for the break to go but once the break went, BMC took control and rode tempo for most of the day.
"Everyone got through safely and managed to finish despite the heat. With us not having a sprinter here we just tried to keep everyone safe in the final.
"Rob Power had a little mechanical in the last kilometre but should have the same time as the rest of us. Cam was out top finisher after looking after me and making sure I was in a good position in the final.
"The team in general is happy to finish the stage safe and ready to go for tomorrow which I think can be quite hard."
Tour of Utah stage 1 results:
1. Travis McCabe (United Health Care) 4:17
2. Ulises Castillo (Jelly Belly) ST
3. Edwin Avilia (Israel cycling Academy) ST
14. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:01
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