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2011 Tour of Utah Stage One


Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) takes Stage 1

I’m not terribly happy with many of the photos I took today, either on North Ogden Pass or at the finish, but I do think that this picture of Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth), taking Stage One ahead of Sergio Luis Henao & Oscar Sevilla (both Gobernacion Indeportes Antioquia) and Levi Leipheimer & Janez Brajkovic (both Radio Shack) in a five-man sprint speaks volumes. Henao protected his yellow jersey, while Sevilla moved up from 3rd to 2nd in the General Classification as Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) finished in the first chase 2:35 back dropping to 6th place, while Leipheimer moved up into 3rd place at 13 seconds behind Henao.

In other news, Chase Pinkham (Bissell Pro Cycling), despite crashing on the final descent off North Ogden Pass, finished 3rd in the field sprint of the first chase group for 8th place on the stage. Tyler Wren (Team Jamis-Sutter Home) finished safely in the field of the first chase to maintain his position in the Best Utah Rider competition, 8 seconds ahead of Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Racing).

I got pretty cooked by the sun today, so I’m not entirely sure I’ll be heading south for Stage 2 … if so, it will likely just be to go to the finish in Provo; I’ll figure all of that out tomorrow when I wake up. For once, I don’t think I’ll have a terribly difficult time falling asleep.