Tour of Utah Stage 1: Umberto Marengo surges to victory in North Logan City

EF Education First's Lawson Craddock moves into leader’s jersey ahead of Wednesday’s Queen Stage

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

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What on paper — and for most of the day — looked like a fairly straight-forward sprint stage got turned upside down in the waning moments, as Umberto Marengo (Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM) blasted out of a late breakaway to take a narrow win on stage 1 of the Tour of Utah on Tuesday.

Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) finished just behind the Italian stage winner, gaining enough time (and a time bonus) to move into first overall. The American now has a 6-second lead over João Almeida (Hagens Berman Axeon), who was also in the late breakaway and finished fifth. Monday’s prologue winner James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS), who was happy just to finish in the main bunch after suffering an untimely flat with 7.5 miles to go and having to chase hard to regain contact before the finish in North Logan City, was later penalized 20 seconds for drafting his team car.

Third place on the stage went to Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy).

“The team worked perfectly,” said Marengo, 27, whose previous best result this year was a 4th place finish at stage 9 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China. His only other professional victory came in 2017 at the Challenge du Prince. “We had a rider in the [day’s main] breakaway so no one had to work until the final laps.”

The day’s action of consequence kicked off with about 12 miles left in the 86.9-mile adventure when Travis Samuel (DC Bank), the final member of the standard little-to-no-hope breakaway, was reeled in by a bunch motivated by the prospect of a bunch sprint. But instead of the sprinter teams coming forward to control the race, chaos ensued, with numerous riders taking flyers off the front during the final two laps of the stage’s 7.2-mile finishing circuit that included a shallow cat. 4 climb just to keep things interesting.

Piccoli suffered his puncture just before the start of the final lap, but stayed calm during a rapid bike change and chase that was assisted by teammate Eric Young. The former race leader was dangling at the back at the start of the final climb, but had safely reintegrated by the time the bunch went over the top, impressing his boss back in the team car.

“We’re still in a really good spot. I think you saw teamwork and commitment really personified there at the end,” said Elevate-KHS sport director Paul Abrahams. “Tomorrow is the day we have really been working for. We’re excited about [stage 2 which finishes with the hors categorie Powder Mountain climb]. We think we’re in a good spot. It’s not bad to have EF take control of the race. And other than having the jersey we’re in the exact same spot we were in yesterday. It’s not the good days that show your character as a team, it’s the moments when you have a little bit of misfortunate and I think the team handled it really well.”

Back at the front, EF’s Craddock launched off the front with about 2.5 miles to go, and after initially flying solo, he was joined by Marengo, Almeida, Avila, eventual fourth place finisher Griffin Easter (303 Project), and Sebastian Schonberger (Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM). Behind, the field seemed to let up, caught off guard by the fact that two riders near the top of the GC standings had managed to slip away. That was all the rope the very-motivated break needed, as they hammered their way toward the finish.

As the line approached, Schonberger was first to go, drawing out Craddock in the process. While the American burned matches shutting down the Austrian’s jump, Marengo bided his time, finally launching with about 100 meters to go and winning with room to spare.

Despite coming up short at the finish, Craddock was all smiles after the race, clearly enjoying his yellow jersey moment.

“[My teammate] Alex [Howes] made a really good call,” explained Craddock of the stage’s end game. “He noticed there was a small riser about 4km to go in the middle of the descent that would be a good place to launch an attack. It just went from there. I was able to gain some speed and gain a gap. From there, there was six of us [off the front] and the race kind of played out from there.”

The stage 1 trek, which started and finished in North Logan City, was the longest of this year’s Utah tour. The course traversed the western slopes of the Bear River Mountains, while doling out 4,310 feet of total elevation gain that was spread over seven cat. 4 climbs.

The peloton started the day’s work with two trips around Little Mountain, passing less than 10 miles south of the Idaho state line. Each of those circuits included the first two King of the Mountain points opportunities, which were split evenly between Ignacio Prado (Canel’s Specialized) and Sam Boardman (Wildlife Generation). That pair were part of the day’s other prominent breakaway that slipped away about 6 miles into the stage and also included Camden Vodicka (Wildlife Generation), Francesco Bongiorno (Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM), and Samuel.

Prado, the reigning Mexican national road race champion, also grabbed top sprint points in Newton, which the course passed through twice before heading back to the start/finish for five finishing laps. Rolling in a clockwise direction, each 7.2-mile circuit included a manageable cat. 4 ascent. But only the first of those climbs counted in the KoM competition, which went to Boardman.

With that jersey sewn up for the day, the Wildlife Generation rider drifted back to the Elevate-KHS-led bunch, which had never ceded more than 3 minutes during an otherwise fairly straightforward day attempting to protect Piccoli’s yellow leader’s jersey ahead of the bigger climbing stages to come.

The breakaway all but fell apart soon after reaching the finishing circuits. Bongiorno suffered a puncture and had a painfully slow wheel change. Then Prado and Vodicka dropped off the pace, leaving Samuel alone at the front with 25 miles left to race.

But the Canadian gamely stayed away, holding onto a 1-minute advantage with three laps to go. It was all very calculated, though, with the sprinter’s teams content to let him suffer a little longer before reeling him in for good with 12 miles left to race.

From there, the action heated up, with numerous non-sprinters trying to launch attacks in hopes derailing the day’s expected fast-man finish. And that’s exactly what happened, with Marengo capturing top honors and Craddock taking over the race lead.

“Obviously the race is going to be really animated tomorrow, but today was more of a stage for Alex and I,” Craddock explained. “Alex came up to me once the circuit started and said, ‘I’m not feeling fantastic so if you have legs try something.’ He sacrificed his chances for me on the last lap and we just kind of raced our bikes. That’s really what we’re all here to do. So many times we go to Europe and you’re racing against world champions and all of that, against the absolute world’s best. Although there is a very strong field here, it’s nice to come back to America and do the animating for once. For us, that was a point that we had coming into this race, where we wanted to really just race our bikes and find the enjoyment back in that, just because it’s so tough in Europe for a lot of the year. Today was a big step for that and we’re looking forward to the rest of the race.”

That anticipation doesn’t necessarily include keeping the leader’s jersey,but he has a few friends he’d like to pass it on to.

“Sure I’d love to keep the jersey,” Craddock said. “But tomorrow is an extremely hard climb. Powder Mountain is probably one of the hardest climbs you can find in this area and possibly even in the state. As my style of rider, I think it could be a bit too difficult. And at the end of the day, we came here with Lachlan Morton and Joe Dombrowski as our leaders and me being in the jersey today doesn’t change that tomorrow.”

Indeed, next up at the Tour of Utah is arguably the race’s hardest stage, an 84.4-mile leg tester from Brigham City to the 8,900-foot summit of Powder Mountain. The trek up the hors categorie climb is 8.6 miles with max gradient of 15 percent. That comes after the field will have already climbed the cat. 2 North Ogden Drive ascent. All told there’s 7,310 feet of elevation gain for the day. With only two WorldTour teams racing in Utah, expect a wide open day of racing.

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah Stage 1 Results

1MARENGO UmbertoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM3:23:32
2CRADDOCK LawsonEF Education First0:00
3ÁVILA EdwinIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
4EASTER Griffin303Project0:00
5ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon0:00
6SCHÖNBERGER SebastianNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:00
7MCCABE TravisFloyd's Pro Cycling0:06
8RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon0:06
9MAGNER TyRally UHC Cycling0:06
10DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon0:06
11VELASCO SimoneNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:06
12BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Cycling Academy0:06
13BICKMORE CadeAevolo0:06
14BAUER DominikDauner D&DQ-Akkon0:06
15BOWDEN ScottTeam BridgeLane0:06
16ALARCÓN Pablo AndresCanel's - Specialized0:06
17HOWES AlexEF Education First0:06
18FRAYRE EderDCBank Pro Cycling Team0:06
19VERMAERKE KevinHagens Berman Axeon0:06
20FIORELLI FilippoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè0:06
21HOEHN AlexAevolo0:06
22RHIM BrendanArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC0:06
23MCCORMICK HaydenTeam BridgeLane0:06
24EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo0:06
25HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy0:06
26ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon0:06
27SUNDERLAND DylanTeam BridgeLane0:06
28SWIRBUL KeeganFloyd's Pro Cycling0:06
29STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo0:06
30DOMBROWSKI JoeEF Education First0:06
31MANNION GavinRally UHC Cycling0:06
32PICCOLI JamesElevate - KHS Pro Cycling0:06
33QUINTANA DayerNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:06
34BONGIORNO Francesco ManuelNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:06
35ȚVETCOV SergheiFloyd's Pro Cycling0:06
36BADILATTI MatteoIsrael Cycling Academy0:06
37MURPHY KyleRally UHC Cycling0:06
38BRITTON RobRally UHC Cycling0:06
39DANIEL GregoryDCBank Pro Cycling Team0:06
40MORTON LachlanEF Education First0:06
41SANTAROMITA IvanNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè0:06
42LÓPEZ Juan PedroTrek - Segafredo0:21
43TOOVEY AydenTeam BridgeLane0:21
44EARLE NathanIsrael Cycling Academy0:22
45VOLLMER AndrewAevolo1:26
46CORTE EduardoCanel's - Specialized1:26
47FORTUNATO LorenzoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM1:29
48ZARDINI EdoardoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM1:29
49REVARD ThomasHagens Berman Axeon1:44
50NIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy1:44
51ZIMMER MattDCBank Pro Cycling Team2:12
52MAMOS PhilippDauner D&DQ-Akkon2:12
53SCHUNK ConorAevolo2:12
54SÁNCHEZ Óscar EduardoCanel's - Specialized2:12
55CASTILLO Ulises AlfredoElevate - KHS Pro Cycling2:12
56PALMA LeonelCanel's - Specialized2:12
57LONARDI GiovanniNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè2:12
58LINDORFF TylerTeam BridgeLane2:12
59ROJAS Gabriel FranciscoAevolo2:12
60HATSUYAMA ShoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè2:12
61LARA FranciscoCanel's - Specialized2:12
62MOSCA JacopoTrek - Segafredo2:12
63SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy2:12
64SANTOS EfrénCanel's - Specialized2:12
65COWAN AlexanderFloyd's Pro Cycling2:12
66FLAUTT OliverDauner D&DQ-Akkon3:58
67THURAU SvenDauner D&DQ-Akkon3:58
68FLAKSIS AndžsArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC4:22
69EISENHART TaylorArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC4:22
70MCGILL ScottAevolo4:22
71DE LUNA Flavio Alejandro303Project4:22
72GRANIGAN NoahFloyd's Pro Cycling4:22
73WHELAN JamesEF Education First4:22
74BASSETT StephenWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis4:22
75BACA Tony303Project4:22
76DEBEAUMARCHÉ NicolasTrek - Segafredo4:22
77FONT Bernat303Project4:22
78HEIDER ChristopherDauner D&DQ-Akkon4:22
79HEMING MikaDauner D&DQ-Akkon4:22
80ZACCANTI FilippoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè4:29
81CHEYNE JordanElevate - KHS Pro Cycling4:31
82WOLFE BenArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC4:45
83PUTT TannerArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC4:45
84CLARKE JonathanFloyd's Pro Cycling4:45
85HUFFMAN EvanRally UHC Cycling4:45
86CANOLA MarcoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè0:06
87OIEN JustinArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC6:22
88RODRIGUEZ AlfredoElevate - KHS Pro Cycling7:31
89BRUNNER EricAevolo7:31
90SIMPSON GeorgeElevate - KHS Pro Cycling7:31
91LEPLINGARD AntoineDCBank Pro Cycling Team7:31
92STEPHENS Austin303Project7:31
93NEWKIRK Isaiah303Project7:31
94PAVLIČ MarkoDCBank Pro Cycling Team7:31
95CHANCE MaxxWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis7:31
96ROSS KentWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis7:31
97BASSETTI SamElevate - KHS Pro Cycling7:31
98YOUNG EricElevate - KHS Pro Cycling9:09
99ELLSAY NigelRally UHC Cycling9:09
100ORONTE EmersonRally UHC Cycling9:09
101VODICKA CamdenWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis10:18
102JEAN ÉmileFloyd's Pro Cycling10:18
103KIRBY QuintonWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis10:18
104BOARDMAN SamuelWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis10:18
105EASTER Cullen303Project10:18
106SAMUEL TravisDCBank Pro Cycling Team10:18
107BRYON MiguelArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC10:18
108THIBAULT Jean-DenisDCBank Pro Cycling Team12:44
109COOPER JosephTeam BridgeLane13:25
110HARPER ChrisTeam BridgeLane13:25
111GULLICKSON FinnWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis14:30
112PRADO Ignacio de JesúsCanel's - Specialized14:30
113REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo0:06
1CRADDOCK LawsonEF Education First3:32:09
2ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon0:06
3ȚVETCOV SergheiFloyd's Pro Cycling0:12
4MURPHY KyleRally UHC Cycling0:18
5MANNION GavinRally UHC Cycling0:21
6DOMBROWSKI JoeEF Education First0:21
7BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Cycling Academy0:22
8SWIRBUL KeeganFloyd's Pro Cycling0:23
9MCCABE TravisFloyd's Pro Cycling0:23
10HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy0:24
11HOEHN AlexAevolo0:24
12BRITTON RobRally UHC Cycling0:25
13PICCOLI JamesElevate - KHS Pro Cycling0:26
14STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo0:26
15EASTER Griffin303Project0:27
16MORTON LachlanEF Education First0:27
17VERMAERKE KevinHagens Berman Axeon0:28
18HOWES AlexEF Education First0:29
19ÁVILA EdwinIsrael Cycling Academy0:30
20BOWDEN ScottTeam BridgeLane0:30
21RHIM BrendanArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC0:33
22EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo0:35
23BADILATTI MatteoIsrael Cycling Academy0:35
24MARENGO UmbertoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:35
25MCCORMICK HaydenTeam BridgeLane0:36
26SUNDERLAND DylanTeam BridgeLane0:37
27SCHÖNBERGER SebastianNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:39
28QUINTANA DayerNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:41
29ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon0:42
30DANIEL GregoryDCBank Pro Cycling Team0:43
31FRAYRE EderDCBank Pro Cycling Team0:47
32MAGNER TyRally UHC Cycling0:50
33ALARCÓN Pablo AndresCanel's - Specialized0:51
34BONGIORNO Francesco ManuelNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:52
35REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo0:53
36VELASCO SimoneNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM0:53
37BAUER DominikDauner D&DQ-Akkon0:54
38DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon0:56
39CANOLA MarcoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè0:56
40LÓPEZ Juan PedroTrek - Segafredo0:58
41RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon0:59
42SANTAROMITA IvanNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè0:59
43FIORELLI FilippoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè1:03
44EARLE NathanIsrael Cycling Academy1:03
45BICKMORE CadeAevolo1:11
46TOOVEY AydenTeam BridgeLane1:16
47VOLLMER AndrewAevolo2:15
48ZARDINI EdoardoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM2:20
49REVARD ThomasHagens Berman Axeon2:26
50CORTE EduardoCanel's - Specialized2:32
51FORTUNATO LorenzoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM2:33
52COWAN AlexanderFloyd's Pro Cycling2:46
53ROJAS Gabriel FranciscoAevolo2:49
54LINDORFF TylerTeam BridgeLane2:53
55CASTILLO Ulises AlfredoElevate - KHS Pro Cycling2:59
56ZIMMER MattDCBank Pro Cycling Team3:04
57MOSCA JacopoTrek - Segafredo3:08
58LONARDI GiovanniNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè3:11
59NIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy3:12
60SANTOS EfrénCanel's - Specialized3:17
61SCHUNK ConorAevolo3:18
62HATSUYAMA ShoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè3:29
63MAMOS PhilippDauner D&DQ-Akkon3:31
64LARA FranciscoCanel's - Specialized3:32
65SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy3:34
66SÁNCHEZ Óscar EduardoCanel's - Specialized3:35
67PALMA LeonelCanel's - Specialized3:48
68BASSETT StephenWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis4:40
69FLAUTT OliverDauner D&DQ-Akkon5:03
70CHEYNE JordanElevate - KHS Pro Cycling5:08
71GRANIGAN NoahFloyd's Pro Cycling5:11
72FLAKSIS AndžsArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC5:11
73WHELAN JamesEF Education First5:12
74BACA Tony303Project5:12
75HUFFMAN EvanRally UHC Cycling5:13
76THURAU SvenDauner D&DQ-Akkon5:14
77ZACCANTI FilippoNippo Vini Fantini Faizanè5:16
78EISENHART TaylorArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC5:19
79PUTT TannerArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC5:22
80MCGILL ScottAevolo5:25
81DEBEAUMARCHÉ NicolasTrek - Segafredo5:25
82WOLFE BenArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC5:25
83DE LUNA Flavio Alejandro303Project5:28
84CLARKE JonathanFloyd's Pro Cycling5:32
85FONT Bernat303Project5:38
86HEIDER ChristopherDauner D&DQ-Akkon5:43
87HEMING MikaDauner D&DQ-Akkon5:58
88OIEN JustinArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC7:16
89BASSETTI SamElevate - KHS Pro Cycling8:05
90BRUNNER EricAevolo8:08
91SIMPSON GeorgeElevate - KHS Pro Cycling8:09
92STEPHENS Austin303Project8:24
93NEWKIRK Isaiah303Project8:35
94PAVLIČ MarkoDCBank Pro Cycling Team8:35
95ROSS KentWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis8:47
96CHANCE MaxxWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis8:50
97LEPLINGARD AntoineDCBank Pro Cycling Team8:59
98RODRIGUEZ AlfredoElevate - KHS Pro Cycling9:06
99ELLSAY NigelRally UHC Cycling9:42
100ORONTE EmersonRally UHC Cycling9:53
101YOUNG EricElevate - KHS Pro Cycling9:56
102SAMUEL TravisDCBank Pro Cycling Team10:47
103BOARDMAN SamuelWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis10:57
104EASTER Cullen303Project11:01
105JEAN ÉmileFloyd's Pro Cycling11:09
106VODICKA CamdenWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis11:41
107BRYON MiguelArapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC11:43
108KIRBY QuintonWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis11:44
109THIBAULT Jean-DenisDCBank Pro Cycling Team13:42
110COOPER JosephTeam BridgeLane13:59
111HARPER ChrisTeam BridgeLane14:12
112PRADO Ignacio de JesúsCanel's - Specialized15:39
113GULLICKSON FinnWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis15:50
1MARENGO UmbertoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM15
2CRADDOCK LawsonEF Education First12
3PRADO Ignacio de JesúsCanel's - Specialized10
4ÁVILA EdwinIsrael Cycling Academy10
5EASTER Griffin303Project7
6ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon6
7SCHÖNBERGER SebastianNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM5
8MCCABE TravisFloyd's Pro Cycling4
9SAMUEL TravisDCBank Pro Cycling Team4
10RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon3
11BOARDMAN SamuelWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis3
12MAGNER TyRally UHC Cycling2
13DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon1
14VODICKA CamdenWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis1
1BOARDMAN SamuelWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis11
2PRADO Ignacio de JesúsCanel's - Specialized10
3BONGIORNO Francesco ManuelNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM5
4SAMUEL TravisDCBank Pro Cycling Team4
1ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon3:32:15
2HOEHN AlexAevolo0:18
3VERMAERKE KevinHagens Berman Axeon0:22
4ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon0:36
5BAUER DominikDauner D&DQ-Akkon0:48
6DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon0:50
7LÓPEZ Juan PedroTrek - Segafredo0:52
8BICKMORE CadeAevolo1:05
9VOLLMER AndrewAevolo2:09
10REVARD ThomasHagens Berman Axeon2:20
11ROJAS Gabriel FranciscoAevolo2:43
12LINDORFF TylerTeam BridgeLane2:47
13SCHUNK ConorAevolo3:12
14PALMA LeonelCanel's - Specialized3:42
15MCGILL ScottAevolo5:19
16DEBEAUMARCHÉ NicolasTrek - Segafredo5:19
17HEMING MikaDauner D&DQ-Akkon5:52
18BRUNNER EricAevolo8:02
19RODRIGUEZ AlfredoElevate - KHS Pro Cycling9:00
20VODICKA CamdenWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis11:35
21THIBAULT Jean-DenisDCBank Pro Cycling Team13:36
22GULLICKSON FinnWildlife Generation p/b Maxxis15:44
1EF Education First 10:37:21
2Floyd's Pro Cycling0:04
3Rally UHC Cycling0:10
4Israel Cycling Academy0:21
5Hagens Berman Axeon0:22
6Team BridgeLane0:49
7Trek - Segafredo0:50
8Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM1:11
9Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè1:54
11DCBank Pro Cycling Team3:20
12Canel's - Specialized5:46
13Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling7:06
14Dauner D&DQ-Akkon8:31
15Arapahoe - Hincapie p/b BMC9:40
17Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis20:45

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