Utah stage 5: Kuss unstoppable on Snowbird

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked on the lower slopes of the climb to the finish at Snowbird Resort on stage five of the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and emphatically took his second stage win of the week. The young climber also extended his lead in the general classification…

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Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked on the lower slopes of the climb to the finish at Snowbird Resort on stage five of the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and emphatically took his second stage win of the week. The young climber also extended his lead in the general classification with just one stage remaining in the race.

EF Education First-Drapac drove the peloton to the base of the Hors catégorie final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon and started attacking the greatly reduced peloton as the road kicked upward. First, Mike Woods had a go and then Joe Dombrowski, a former overall winner of the Tour of Utah, attacked. Kuss looked cool, calm, and collected the entire time. He brought both Woods and Dombrowski back into the fold himself before launching his winning attack with 8.2 kilometers still to go.

“It was really cool,” Kuss said of coming down the finishing straight alone and high-fiving fans. “Halfway through the stage, the team had done such a good job that I thought I’d try to go for the win, to do it for the six guys on the team that helped me out so much. To make it across I was happier for them and the staff and everything because it’s been such a nice atmosphere at the race with this team. Really all credit to them and also the fans and everything. It’s fun to be able to relate to the people that are watching the race and have a good time with them.”

Israel Cycling Academy’s Ben Hermans chased Kuss valiantly up the climb and finished the stage in second, over 30 seconds down on Kuss. He also moved into second overall 1:21 behind Kuss. Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the stage podium.

Dombrowski still had a solid ride up the climb to move into third overall at 2:05. Nielson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo), who entered the day sitting second overall, had a tough time up the final climb and lost considerable time. He relinquished his Best Young Rider jersey to Luis Villalobos (Aevolo).

How it unfolded

The rolling terrain at the beginning of the fifth stage of the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah saw an exciting start with constant attacking. It was nearly an hour of racing into the 157.7-kilometer stage from Canyons Village to the ski resort at Snowbird before a breakaway was firmly established. Team LottoNL-Jumbo then took the responsibility of setting the pace in the peloton, as they have done since Kuss captured the yellow leader’s jersey on stage two.

The breakaway contained 10 riders with Evan Huffman (Rally) the highest ranked rider in the overall standings at less than four minutes down. Joining Huffman were Daniel Jaramillo and Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly), Kilian Frankiny (BMC Racing), Kiel Reijnen and Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo), Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott), Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy), and Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini).

The leading group entered the town of Park City and soon headed up the penultimate climb of the day with less than 60 kilometers remaining. The cat. 1 Guardsmans Pass (12km at 6.8%) is a brutal affair with the final few hundred meters of the climb having rough pavement and incredibly steep gradients. Shelden would be the only breakaway rider dropped on the climb. The peloton would be no more than about 30 riders by the time they arrived at the summit of Guardsmans Pass and they would be less than two minutes behind the leaders.

Heading into the climb to the finish, there was a changing of the guard at the front of the peloton with EF Education First-Drapac taking over the front. The boys in pink set a blistering pace and the gap to the leaders tumbled down.

Though isolated, Kuss looked to be on cruise control on the lower slopes of the Little Cottonwood Canyon climb. Kuss didn’t necessarily attack off the front of the group, but simply increased his pace and no one was able to follow. He quickly brought back the last remaining breakaway rider, Frankiny, and powered into the lead with just over eight kilometers to go.

Hermans missed Kuss’ initial move and would chase the young rider all the way up the climb. He would limit his losses and jump up to second in the overall standings by the end of the day.

Stetina, who finished over two minutes behind on stage two over Mount Nebo, found his rhythm a couple of kilometers into the climb and powered away from the chase group to take third on the stage.

Defending champion Rob Britton (Rally) had a strong day to finish fourth. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) and the EF Education First-Drapac duo of Dombrowski and Huge Carthy finished in the same time as Britton.

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah Stage 5 Results

1KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:02:32
2HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy0:39
3STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo1:18
4BRITTON RobRally Cycling1:27
5HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott1:27
6DOMBROWSKI JoeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:27
7CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:27
8VILLALOBOS LuisAevolo1:43
9BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team1:47
10WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:04
11SWIRBUL KeeganJelly Belly p/b Maxxis2:09
12ȚVETCOV SergheiUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2:17
13BURKE JackJelly Belly p/b Maxxis2:32
14CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo2:54
15FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team3:05
16RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo3:05
17ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team3:13
18EISENHART TaylorHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources3:20
19MURPHY KyleRally Cycling3:31
20POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:40
21LYONS AngusMobius-BridgeLane4:33
22HOEHN AlexAevolo4:40
23ZUKOWSKY NickolasSilber Pro Cycling5:17
24SÁNCHEZ BrayanHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources5:33
25EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo5:45
26EASTER Griffin303Project5:49
27EVANS AlexanderBMC Racing Team6:03
28FRAYRE EderElevate - KHS Pro Cycling6:49
29ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon6:51
30BENNETT SeanHagens Berman Axeon6:51
31VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team6:52
32OLIVIER DaanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo7:56
33HECHT GageAevolo7:56
34BROWN ConnorMobius-BridgeLane10:18
35JARAMILLO DanielUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team10:56
36LIVINGSTONE PeterMobius-BridgeLane11:10
37PLAZA RubénIsrael Cycling Academy12:20
38CHEYNE JordanElevate - KHS Pro Cycling12:26
39REVARD ThomasHagens Berman Axeon13:57
40BROWN NathanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale13:58
41MANNION GavinUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team13:59
42POWER RobertMitchelton-Scott13:59
43EASTER Cullen303Project13:59
44HUFFMAN EvanRally Cycling16:06
45ORONTE EmersonRally Cycling16:06
46DIDIER LaurentTrek - Segafredo16:06
47CANTY BrendanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale16:06
48SANTAROMITA IvanNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini16:06
49MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott16:06
50REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo16:33
51DE LUNA Flavio Alejandro303Project17:11
52CLARKE JonathanUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team17:46
53NEWKIRK Isaiah303Project19:30
54HAIDET LanceAevolo19:30
55MAWDITT LionelJelly Belly p/b Maxxis19:30
56BACA Tony303Project20:31
57ROBERGE AdamSilber Pro Cycling21:34
58JEAN ÉmileSilber Pro Cycling21:38
59CHAVES BrayanMitchelton-Scott21:38
60PONZI SimoneNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini24:17
61MCCULLOCH BrianElevate - KHS Pro Cycling24:17
62CIMA DamianoNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini24:17
63CIMA ImerioNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini24:17
64PHILIPSEN JasperHagens Berman Axeon24:17
65MCGEOUGH CormacJelly Belly p/b Maxxis24:17
66KRASILNIKAU AndreiHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources24:17
67WILLIAMS TylerIsrael Cycling Academy24:17
68VANDALE DanickSilber Pro Cycling24:17
69CASTILLO Ulises AlfredoJelly Belly p/b Maxxis24:17
70MASBOURIAN NicolasSilber Pro Cycling24:17
71RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon24:17
72CHRÉTIEN Charles-ÉtienneSilber Pro Cycling24:17
73COTÉ Pier-AndréSilber Pro Cycling24:17
74SCHMITT MorganHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources24:17
75BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott24:17
76RAST GrégoryTrek - Segafredo24:17
77HAEDO Lucas SebastiánUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team24:17
78MCCABE TravisUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team24:17
79LEMUS LuisIsrael Cycling Academy24:17
80SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy24:17
81COMPANIONI RubénHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources24:17
82HATSUYAMA ShoNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini24:17
83ELLSAY NigelRally Cycling24:17
84FONT Bernat303Project24:17
85MARANGONI AlanNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini24:17
86WYNANTS MaartenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo24:17
87PATE DannyRally Cycling24:17
88WOLFE BenJelly Belly p/b Maxxis24:17
89EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo24:17
90HERNANDEZ MichaelAevolo24:17
91MAAS JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo24:17
92BOUWMAN KoenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo24:17
93BROWN JonnyHagens Berman Axeon24:17
94ZIJLAARD MaikelHagens Berman Axeon24:29
95CLARKE WillTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale25:17
96SIMPSON GeorgeElevate - KHS Pro Cycling26:19
97SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy26:19
98COYLE JesseMobius-BridgeLane26:22
99SHELDEN TaylorJelly Belly p/b Maxxis28:15
100HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott28:52
101BASSETTI SamElevate - KHS Pro Cycling28:54
102GERVAIS LaurentAevolo33:42
103HOWES AlexTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale35:37
1KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo 18:32:00
2HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy1:21
3DOMBROWSKI JoeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:05
4CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:05
5HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott2:07
6BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team2:27
7VILLALOBOS LuisAevolo2:33
8WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:40
9SWIRBUL KeeganJelly Belly p/b Maxxis3:01
10STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo3:17
11BRITTON RobRally Cycling3:27
12POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:59
13MURPHY KyleRally Cycling4:08
14ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team4:58
15ȚVETCOV SergheiUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team5:52
16BURKE JackJelly Belly p/b Maxxis6:24
17CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo6:39
18VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team7:17
19LYONS AngusMobius-BridgeLane8:23
20HOEHN AlexAevolo8:29
21BENNETT SeanHagens Berman Axeon8:34
22ZUKOWSKY NickolasSilber Pro Cycling9:05
23EISENHART TaylorHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources10:40
24FRAYRE EderElevate - KHS Pro Cycling10:42
25ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon10:45
26EASTER Griffin303Project10:57
27FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team13:32
28JARAMILLO DanielUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team14:37
29MANNION GavinUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team14:37
30RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo14:43
31BROWN NathanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale15:51
32SÁNCHEZ BrayanHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources18:01
33HUFFMAN EvanRally Cycling19:43
34HECHT GageAevolo20:13
35LIVINGSTONE PeterMobius-BridgeLane22:22
36EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo22:32
37PLAZA RubénIsrael Cycling Academy24:34
38REVARD ThomasHagens Berman Axeon25:48
39POWER RobertMitchelton-Scott26:20
40EVANS AlexanderBMC Racing Team26:34
41SANTAROMITA IvanNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini26:47
42OLIVIER DaanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo28:20
43EASTER Cullen303Project28:51
44BROWN ConnorMobius-BridgeLane29:36
45DE LUNA Flavio Alejandro303Project30:06
46ORONTE EmersonRally Cycling30:19
47NEWKIRK Isaiah303Project32:36
48REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo36:39
49MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott36:54
50FONT Bernat303Project36:55
51CHEYNE JordanElevate - KHS Pro Cycling39:34
52PONZI SimoneNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini41:34
53MASBOURIAN NicolasSilber Pro Cycling42:46
54MCCABE TravisUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team43:50
55EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo44:10
56HATSUYAMA ShoNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini44:18
57ELLSAY NigelRally Cycling44:30
58CASTILLO Ulises AlfredoJelly Belly p/b Maxxis44:35
59CANTY BrendanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale44:41
60HAEDO Lucas SebastiánUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team45:00
61BACA Tony303Project46:51
62CHRÉTIEN Charles-ÉtienneSilber Pro Cycling47:08
63BROWN JonnyHagens Berman Axeon47:54
64CHAVES BrayanMitchelton-Scott48:13
65CLARKE JonathanUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team48:44
66RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon49:14
67BASSETTI SamElevate - KHS Pro Cycling49:21
68CIMA ImerioNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini50:40
69MAWDITT LionelJelly Belly p/b Maxxis51:05
70CIMA DamianoNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini51:34
71VANDALE DanickSilber Pro Cycling52:29
72LEMUS LuisIsrael Cycling Academy52:52
73COMPANIONI RubénHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources53:01
74PHILIPSEN JasperHagens Berman Axeon53:35
75MARANGONI AlanNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini54:26
76DIDIER LaurentTrek - Segafredo54:32
77CLARKE WillTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale54:35
78BOUWMAN KoenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo55:51
79MAAS JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo55:55
80HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott56:02
81WYNANTS MaartenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo56:05
82WOLFE BenJelly Belly p/b Maxxis56:29
83SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy57:26
84SIMPSON GeorgeElevate - KHS Pro Cycling57:35
85SHELDEN TaylorJelly Belly p/b Maxxis57:47
86JEAN ÉmileSilber Pro Cycling59:02
87WILLIAMS TylerIsrael Cycling Academy1:00:50
88COTÉ Pier-AndréSilber Pro Cycling1:00:51
89HERNANDEZ MichaelAevolo1:01:06
90HAIDET LanceAevolo1:01:17
91RAST GrégoryTrek - Segafredo1:01:43
92ROBERGE AdamSilber Pro Cycling1:01:49
93KRASILNIKAU AndreiHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources1:03:30
94MCGEOUGH CormacJelly Belly p/b Maxxis1:06:50
95ZIJLAARD MaikelHagens Berman Axeon1:07:15
96SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy1:07:53
97BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott1:08:02
98SCHMITT MorganHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources1:08:22
99PATE DannyRally Cycling1:08:24
100HOWES AlexTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:08:43
101MCCULLOCH BrianElevate - KHS Pro Cycling1:09:17
102COYLE JesseMobius-BridgeLane1:15:02
103GERVAIS LaurentAevolo1:17:52
1MCCABE TravisUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team55
2PHILIPSEN JasperHagens Berman Axeon27
3CASTILLO Ulises AlfredoJelly Belly p/b Maxxis23
4POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo20
5REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo18
6KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo16
7BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team16
8MURPHY KyleRally Cycling14
9BASSETTI SamElevate - KHS Pro Cycling11
10EISENHART TaylorHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources10
11WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale10
12CLARKE JonathanUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team8
13CIMA DamianoNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini8
14VILLALOBOS LuisAevolo7
15HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy6
16ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon6
17CIMA ImerioNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini6
18ȚVETCOV SergheiUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team5
19JARAMILLO DanielUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team5
20PLAZA RubénIsrael Cycling Academy5
21SIMPSON GeorgeElevate - KHS Pro Cycling5
22COTÉ Pier-AndréSilber Pro Cycling5
23CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo4
24HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott3
25BENNETT SeanHagens Berman Axeon3
26HUFFMAN EvanRally Cycling3
27PONZI SimoneNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini3
28ELLSAY NigelRally Cycling3
29SHELDEN TaylorJelly Belly p/b Maxxis3
30MCGEOUGH CormacJelly Belly p/b Maxxis3
31MANNION GavinUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2
32BOUWMAN KoenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2
33SWIRBUL KeeganJelly Belly p/b Maxxis1
34ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team1
35FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team1
36RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo1
37OLIVIER DaanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1
38RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon1
39DIDIER LaurentTrek - Segafredo1
40SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy1
41HERNANDEZ MichaelAevolo1
1KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo22
2JARAMILLO DanielUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team19
3OLIVIER DaanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo13
4CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale13
5DOMBROWSKI JoeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale12
6HUFFMAN EvanRally Cycling12
7BRITTON RobRally Cycling11
8MAWDITT LionelJelly Belly p/b Maxxis10
9HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy10
10HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott10
11FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team9
12STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo8
13EASTER Griffin303Project7
14EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo7
15CLARKE JonathanUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7
16BACA Tony303Project6
17WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale6
18MURPHY KyleRally Cycling6
19SIMPSON GeorgeElevate - KHS Pro Cycling6
20BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team5
21FRAYRE EderElevate - KHS Pro Cycling5
22HECHT GageAevolo5
23SANTAROMITA IvanNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini4
24VILLALOBOS LuisAevolo3
25DIDIER LaurentTrek - Segafredo3
26SWIRBUL KeeganJelly Belly p/b Maxxis2
27ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team2
28PLAZA RubénIsrael Cycling Academy2
29SÁNCHEZ BrayanHolowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources1
1VILLALOBOS LuisAevolo 18:34:33
2POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:26
3CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo4:06
4LYONS AngusMobius-BridgeLane5:50
5HOEHN AlexAevolo5:56
6BENNETT SeanHagens Berman Axeon6:01
7ZUKOWSKY NickolasSilber Pro Cycling6:32
8ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon8:12
9RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo12:10
10HECHT GageAevolo17:40
11LIVINGSTONE PeterMobius-BridgeLane19:49
12REVARD ThomasHagens Berman Axeon23:15
13EVANS AlexanderBMC Racing Team24:01
14BROWN ConnorMobius-BridgeLane27:03
15EENKHOORN PascalTeam LottoNL-Jumbo41:37
16CHRÉTIEN Charles-ÉtienneSilber Pro Cycling44:35
17BROWN JonnyHagens Berman Axeon45:21
18CHAVES BrayanMitchelton-Scott45:40
19RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon46:41
20CIMA ImerioNippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini48:07
21PHILIPSEN JasperHagens Berman Axeon51:02
22MAAS JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo53:22
23HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott53:29
24COTÉ Pier-AndréSilber Pro Cycling58:18
25HERNANDEZ MichaelAevolo58:33
26HAIDET LanceAevolo58:44
27ROBERGE AdamSilber Pro Cycling59:16
28MCGEOUGH CormacJelly Belly p/b Maxxis1:04:17
29ZIJLAARD MaikelHagens Berman Axeon1:04:42
30GERVAIS LaurentAevolo1:15:19
1Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 55:42:49
2BMC Racing Team3:58
3Trek - Segafredo16:18
4Team LottoNL-Jumbo18:29
5Rally Cycling20:35
7UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team28:18
8Hagens Berman Axeon36:30
9Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis38:51
13Israel Cycling Academy56:39
14Holowesko - Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources1:07:43
15Silber Pro Cycling1:15:08
16Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling1:27:46
17Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini1:44:09

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