Lill solos to victory on Mount Nebo

Rock Racing's Mancebo remains in race lead

Darren Lill celebrated his 27th birthday in fine fashion, with a solo victory on the Tour of Utah's second stage. The Team Type 1 rider attacked at the bottom of the 32-kilometre ascent of Mount Nebo. Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) attacked an eight-rider chase group to capture second place, and maintain his overall lead, ahead of defending race champion Jeff Louder (BMC).

“It’s nice to get a win on my birthday,” said Lill. “I’ve been looking for a win for a long time and I don’t know what’s been going on but praise God for helping me today because it was a long, hard day and I definitely needed his help all the way to the line - I was praying the whole way.”

As expected the decisive finishing climb caused the overall classification to reshuffle. Lill’s stage-winning performance moved him up into second place, 35 seconds behind Mancebo, while Louder also moved closer to the overall lead by taking third place, 40 seconds back.

“The last climb was very hard and there weren’t very many people left,” Mancebo said. “Lill attacked and he was very strong. Sevilla worked very hard to bring back a lot of attacks on the way up the climb. I fell off the group a few times because I just couldn’t stay with them in those moments. I came back and jumped at the very finish. I will wear the jersey again tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be able to keep it until the end.”

The Spanish climber reaped the benefits of having an equally talented team-mate in Oscar Sevilla at his disposal during the climb up Mount Nebo. Lill counter attacked OUCH-Maxxis’ near five-kilometre lead-out into the start of the lengthy climb. Sevilla went with him and the pair set off on what looked to be a move too early.

“I was seesawing all day fighting cramps,” said Bissell’s climber Burke Swindlehurst. “OUCH set a fast tempo at the bottom, the kind where you would think there was five kilometres left in the race, not 35! That was pretty interesting that they would ride that hard into what was essentially an hour and thirty minute climb. As soon as it looked like OUCH didn’t have anymore matches to burn Lill went and Sevilla went with him.”

Mancebo sat back amongst a 11-rider chase group without additional tea-mmates for protection. The small bunch quickly became aware of the leader’s isolation and started attacking. Up front Sevilla sacrificed his own opportunity to move into the race lead and dropped off of Lill’s wheel to return to his team-mate and friend’s side as a faithful servant.

“I dropped back because we had a long way to go,” Sevilla said. “Mancebo is our leader and he is very strong. It was better for us to stay together. There were a lot of attacks coming from Baldwin and Louder. In the last couple of kilometres I couldn’t do any more. Our team worked very good today.”

Back in the chase group Sevilla set a quick tempo on the front of the field to try to reduce the time to Lill, who had gained over a minute and became the virtual race leader. However the attacks continued mid-climb forcing the chase group to reduce to nine riders, Louder, Pat McCarty and Chris Baldwin (OUCH p/b Maxis), Matthew Busche (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Anthony Colby (Colavita-Sutter Home), Phil Zajicek (Fly V. Australia) and Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell).

After their dominant display to finish one-two on the previous stage, Sevilla and Mancebo surprisingly displayed signs of weakness with both falling off pace as activity within the chase group increased. Louder put in several attacks in pursuit of Lill followed by counter attacks from Baldwin and McCarty.

“When Lill attacked no one could match him,” said Louder. “I know Lill is strong and very motivated. He’s good at getting out there and putting his head down and going for it. He was really steady and we were on and off. I just stayed with the leaders Mancebo and Sevilla.

“I tried to hit them three or four times and they were just too strong,” he added. “All I could manage was third. It was a disappointing third but it’s still a long race and I didn’t give up too much time today.”

Lill maintained a steady tempo holding his margin at one minute. It decreased during moments of high activity in the chase group and went up again when the bunch settled down.

“I rode this climb last week and I had an idea of what was in store,” Lill said. “Some of the bigger guys would do better over the top where it’s rolling, they can get some recovery there. I wanted to do damage at the bottom of the climb where it was steeper. I wanted to get some time. I don’t think I gained as much time as I would have liked but I’m happy with the win, it’s great for my Team Type 1.”

The chase group successfully rid Sevilla from the group and Mancebo fought hard, yo-yoing in and out of the group trying to maintain contact. A slight downhill was all it took for Mancebo to find his second wind and he attacked with 200-metres to go to capture second place.

“Mancebo’s been top 10 in the Tour a couple of times so he is a great rider,” Louder said. “He’s also a nice guy and it’s good to be able to race against good riders and race against the world’s best. Even when Mancebo is suffering he’s got that little bit more.

“I didn’t think he was going to go like he did at the end,” added Louder. “I though we had him on the ropes. He knows what he’s doing and saved just a little for the end. Maybe it’s just desire but he always had something left.”

In addition to his race lead Mancebo leads the sprint classification. Lill’s stage win moved him into the event’s mountains classification jersey. Louder moved into the Best Utah Rider jersey, ahead of the previous day’s leader Dave Zabriskie (DZ Nuts) while USA Under 23 road and criterium champion Alex Howes (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin) is the event’s best young rider.

The Tour of Utah continues on Friday with a 14.5-kilometre individual time trial at Miller Motorsports Park.

More photos to follow.

Results
1Darren Lill (Team Type1)3:00:21 
2Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)0:00:22 
3Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:26 
4Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
5Matthew Busche (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
6Anthony Colby (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
7Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:00:42 
8Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)0:01:09 
9Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)  
10Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:02:15 
11Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:02:36 
12Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
13Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
14Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)  
15Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
16Alexander Hagman (Ciclismo Racing)  
17Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)  
18Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
19Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:02:59 
20Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
21Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
22Peter Horn (Team Rio Grande)  
23Steve Bovay (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
24David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)  
25Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:03:18 
26Moises Aldape (Team Type1)0:05:24 
27Kirk Carlsen (Garmin/Felt)0:06:05 
28Jim Camut (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
29Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:07:07 
30Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms)  
31Nathaniel English (ZteaM)  
32John Hunt (California Giant Berry Farms)  
33Scott Tietzel (KFAN Composite Team)  
34Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)  
35Jesse Moore (California Giant Berry Farms)  
36Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)  
37Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
38Jonathan Baker (KFAN Composite Team)  
39Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:08:18 
40Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
41Nate Page (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:08:33 
42Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:08:38 
43John Eisinger (Ciclismo Racing)  
44Ian Gray (Ciclismo Racing)  
45Floyd Landis (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:09:00 
46Chris Jones (Team Type1)0:11:03 
47David Clinger (Cole Sport)  
48Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)  
49Jonathan Garcia (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:11:23 
50Reid Mumford (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:11:34 
51Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
52Erik Slack (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
53James Mattis (California Giant Berry Farms)0:12:42 
54Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:12:44 
55Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:13:25 
56Julian Kyer (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
57Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)  
58Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)  
59David Glick (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:13:54 
60Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:14:11 
61Zack Simons (Cole Sport)  
62Colt Trant (KFAN Composite Team)0:14:29 
63Justin Laue (ZteaM)  
64Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:15:16 
65Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)  
66Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)0:15:27 
67Brandon Lynch (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
68David Talbott (Team Waste Management)  
69Ian McKissick (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:16:22 
70Corey Collier (Team Rio Grande)0:17:10 
71Christopher Phipps (ZteaM)0:17:13 
72David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:18:31 
73Jared Gilyard (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:19:42 
74Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:20:08 
75Christopher Hong (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:20:32 
76David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:22:08 
77Alex Candelario (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
78Paul Thomas (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:22:34 
79John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
80Troy Heithecker (Team Rio Grande)  
81Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)  
82Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)  
83Allen Krughoff (Team Rio Grande)  
84Jamie Sparling (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
85Timothy Johnson (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
86Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
87Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
88Chris Winn (Team Rio Grande)  
89Stefano Barberi (ZteaM)  
90Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)  
91Michael Booth (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
92Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
93Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)  
94Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)  
95Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)  
96Jose Erique Gutierrez Cataluna (Rock Racing)  
97Michael Telega (California Giant Berry Farms)  
98Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms)  
99Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
100Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
101Evan Elken (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
102Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)  
103Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
104Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
105Alessandro Bazzanna (Fly V Australia)  
106Benjamin Kneller (Ciclismo Racing)  
107Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
108James Wingert (ZteaM)  
109Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
110Cameron Evans (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
111Daniel Holt (Team Type1)  
112Paul Esposti (Ciclismo Racing)  
113Roman Kilun (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
114Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
115Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
116Josh Bartlett (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
117Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
118Kevin Noiles (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
119Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
120Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
121Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)  
122Will Routley (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
123Vincent Owens (ZteaM)  
124Kai Applequist (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:22:46 
125Chris Stuart (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
126Daniel Ramsey (ZteaM)0:23:04 
127Nick Frey (Ciclismo Racing)0:29:10 
128Brad Bingham (Team Rio Grande)  
129Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)  
130Raymond Kreder (Garmin/Felt)  
131Walker Savidge (Garmin/Felt)  
132Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
133Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
134Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
135Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)  
136Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
137Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
138Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)  
139Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant Berry Farms)  
DNFLogan Hunn (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
DNFMike Northey (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
DNFRyan Good (Ciclismo Racing)  
DNFLewis Fellas (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
DNFZach Watson (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
DNFLucas Binder (ZteaM)  
DSQBobby Sweeting (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
DSQDaniel Workman (Ciclismo Racing)  
DSQCorey Carlson (Team Rio Grande)  
DSQSean Mazich (Team Waste Management)  
DSQStevie Cullinan (Team Waste Management)  
DSQTom Soladay (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
DSQKevin Kirkwood (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
DSQNick Clayville (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
DSQTad Hamilton (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
DSQCameron Hoffman (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
DSQBradley Gehrig (Cole Sport)  
Mountains
1
1Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)10pts
2Nathaniel English (ZteaM)8 
3Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)6 
4Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)4 
5Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)3 
6Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)2 
2
1Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)10pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)8 
3Moises Aldape (Team Type1)6 
4Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)4 
5Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)3 
6Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)2 
Sprints
1
1Sean Mazich (Team Waste Management)5pts
2Mike Northey (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)3 
3John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)1 
2
1Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)5pts
2Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)3 
3Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)1 
General classification after Stage 2
1Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)6:31:44 
2Darren Lill (Team Type1)0:00:35 
3Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:40 
4Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)0:01:02 
5Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
6Matthew Busche (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:01:03 
7Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:01:10 
8Anthony Colby (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:12 
9Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)0:01:40 
10Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:02:50 
11Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:02:54 
12Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:03:06 
13Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)0:03:10 
14Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:03:12 
15David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)0:03:15 
16Alexander Hagman (Ciclismo Racing)  
17Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:03:16 
18Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:03:22 
19Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:03:36 
20Peter Horn (Team Rio Grande)  
21Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:03:42 
22Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:03:55 
23Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)0:04:21 
24Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:04:29 
25Steve Bovay (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:04:47 
26Moises Aldape (Team Type1)0:05:55 
27Jim Camut (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:06:45 
28Kirk Carlsen (Garmin/Felt)0:06:46 
29Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:07:36 
30Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)  
31Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)  
32Jonathan Baker (KFAN Composite Team)0:07:41 
33Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:07:46 
34Scott Tietzel (KFAN Composite Team)  
35Jesse Moore (California Giant Berry Farms)0:08:01 
36Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms)0:08:50 
37Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:09:03 
38Ian Gray (Ciclismo Racing)0:09:17 
39John Hunt (California Giant Berry Farms)  
40Floyd Landis (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:09:38 
41Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:10:11 
42Nate Page (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:10:31 
43John Eisinger (Ciclismo Racing)0:10:33 
44David Clinger (Cole Sport)0:11:41 
45Chris Jones (Team Type1)0:12:51 
46Reid Mumford (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:13:13 
47Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:13:23 
48Erik Slack (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:13:31 
49Julian Kyer (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:13:56 
50Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)0:14:00 
51Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:15:18 
52Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:16:10 
53Jonathan Garcia (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:16:11 
54Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)0:16:27 
55Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)0:17:07 
56Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)0:17:08 
57Nathaniel English (ZteaM)0:17:27 
58Ian McKissick (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:17:46 
59Corey Collier (Team Rio Grande)0:17:49 
60James Mattis (California Giant Berry Farms)0:17:56 
61David Glick (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:19:06 
62Justin Laue (ZteaM)0:19:41 
63Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:20:59 
64Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:22:12 
65David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:22:28 
66Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:22:32 
67Colt Trant (KFAN Composite Team)0:22:33 
68Christopher Hong (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:22:52 
69Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:22:57 
70Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)0:23:06 
71Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:23:19 
72David Talbott (Team Waste Management)0:23:31 
73Brandon Lynch (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:23:35 
74Christopher Phipps (ZteaM)0:24:00 
75Will Routley (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:24:10 
76Timothy Johnson (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:24:13 
77Roman Kilun (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:24:15 
78Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)0:24:20 
79Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)0:24:23 
80Cameron Evans (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:24:25 
81Kevin Noiles (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:24:51 
82Jared Gilyard (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:24:59 
83David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:26:26 
84Alex Candelario (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:27:11 
85Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:27:15 
86Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:27:17 
87Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:27:30 
88Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
89Paul Esposti (Ciclismo Racing)0:27:34 
90Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)0:27:40 
91Chris Winn (Team Rio Grande)0:27:50 
92Michael Booth (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:27:56 
93Jose Erique Gutierrez Cataluna (Rock Racing)0:28:06 
94Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:28:08 
95Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:30:13 
96Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:30:21 
97Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms)0:30:25 
98Jamie Sparling (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:30:31 
99Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:30:36 
100Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)  
101Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
102Omer Kem (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:30:37 
103Stefano Barberi (ZteaM)0:30:42 
104Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:30:49 
105Evan Elken (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:30:51 
106Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)0:31:25 
107Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:32:51 
108Benjamin Kneller (Ciclismo Racing)0:32:54 
109Paul Thomas (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:32:59 
110Vincent Owens (ZteaM)0:33:01 
111Daniel Ramsey (ZteaM)0:33:33 
112Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:33:35 
113James Wingert (ZteaM)0:33:57 
114Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)0:33:58 
115Allen Krughoff (Team Rio Grande)0:34:03 
116Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:34:10 
117Josh Bartlett (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:34:15 
118Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:35:31 
119Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)0:35:36 
120Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)0:35:46 
121Kai Applequist (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:35:49 
122John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:35:51 
123Troy Heithecker (Team Rio Grande)0:36:09 
124Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:36:25 
125Nick Frey (Ciclismo Racing)0:36:58 
126Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:37:28 
127Daniel Holt (Team Type1)0:38:32 
128Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:39:42 
129Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:39:45 
130Michael Telega (California Giant Berry Farms)0:39:57 
131Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)  
132Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:40:09 
133Chris Stuart (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
134Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:40:31 
135Raymond Kreder (Garmin/Felt)0:40:32 
136Alessandro Bazzanna (Fly V Australia)0:42:45 
137Walker Savidge (Garmin/Felt)0:42:55 
138Brad Bingham (Team Rio Grande)0:45:19 
139Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant Berry Farms)0:56:05 
Mountains classification
1Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)12pts
2Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)10 
3Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)8 
4Nathaniel English (ZteaM)8 
5Moises Aldape (Team Type1)6 
6Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)6 
7Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)6 
8Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)4 
9Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)4 
10Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)2 
Sprint classification
1Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)10pts
2Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)8 
3David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)6 
4Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)5 
5Sean Mazich (Team Waste Management)5 
6Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)4 
7Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)3 
8Mike Northey (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)3 
9David Clinger (Cole Sport)2 
10Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)1 
11John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)1 
Best young rider classification
1Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)3:02:57 
2Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
3Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)  
4Kirk Carlsen (Garmin/Felt)0:03:29 
5Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)0:04:31 
6Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:08:27 
7Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:08:58 
8Erik Slack (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
9Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:10:08 
10Julian Kyer (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:10:49 
11Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)  
12Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:11:35 
13David Talbott (Team Waste Management)0:12:51 
14Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:17:32 
15Christopher Hong (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:17:56 
16David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:19:32 
17Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:19:58 
18Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
19Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)  
20Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
21Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)  
22Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)  
23Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
24Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
25Sam Bewley (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
26Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
27Nick Frey (Ciclismo Racing)0:26:34 
28Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)  
29Raymond Kreder (Garmin/Felt)  
30Walker Savidge (Garmin/Felt)  
31Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
Best Utah rider classification
1Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)3:00:47 
2Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:01:49 
3David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)0:02:33 
4Nate Page (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:08:07 
5Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:08:12 
6Reid Mumford (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:11:08 
7Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
8Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:13:45 
9Zack Simons (Cole Sport)  
10David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:18:05 
11Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:22:08 
12Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)  
13Michael Booth (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
14Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)  
15Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
16Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
17Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
Teams classification
1Rock Racing13:35:14 
2BMC Pro Cycling Team0:00:30 
3OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis0:01:05 
4Kelly Benfit Strategies0:01:14 
5Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home0:01:42 
6Team Type 10:02:17 
7U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG0:03:06 
8Felt-Holowesko0:03:22 
9Fly V Australia0:04:25 
10Ciclismo Racing0:04:40 
11KFAN Composite Team0:04:50 
12Bissell Pro Cycling0:06:54 
13Team Rio Grande0:08:36 
14RideClean P/B Patentit.com0:10:21 
15Trek Red Truck Cycling0:10:31 
16California Giant Berry Farms0:10:48 
17Team Bobs-Bicycles.com0:16:48 
18Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF0:18:59 
19Canyon Bicycles All Stars0:19:53 
20Cole Sport0:20:53 
21Team Waste Management0:25:05 
22ZteaM0:26:00 

Darren Lill celebrated his 27th birthday in fine fashion, with a solo victory on the Tour of Utah's second stage. The Team Type 1 rider attacked at the bottom of the 32-kilometre ascent of Mount Nebo. Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) attacked an eight-rider chase group to capture second place, and maintain his overall lead, ahead of defending race champion Jeff Louder (BMC).

“It’s nice to get a win on my birthday,” said Lill. “I’ve been looking for a win for a long time and I don’t know what’s been going on but praise God for helping me today because it was a long, hard day and I definitely needed his help all the way to the line - I was praying the whole way.”

As expected the decisive finishing climb caused the overall classification to reshuffle. Lill’s stage-winning performance moved him up into second place, 35 seconds behind Mancebo, while Louder also moved closer to the overall lead by taking third place, 40 seconds back.

“The last climb was very hard and there weren’t very many people left,” Mancebo said. “Lill attacked and he was very strong. Sevilla worked very hard to bring back a lot of attacks on the way up the climb. I fell off the group a few times because I just couldn’t stay with them in those moments. I came back and jumped at the very finish. I will wear the jersey again tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be able to keep it until the end.”

The Spanish climber reaped the benefits of having an equally talented team-mate in Oscar Sevilla at his disposal during the climb up Mount Nebo. Lill counter attacked OUCH-Maxxis’ near five-kilometre lead-out into the start of the lengthy climb. Sevilla went with him and the pair set off on what looked to be a move too early.

“I was seesawing all day fighting cramps,” said Bissell’s climber Burke Swindlehurst. “OUCH set a fast tempo at the bottom, the kind where you would think there was five kilometres left in the race, not 35! That was pretty interesting that they would ride that hard into what was essentially an hour and thirty minute climb. As soon as it looked like OUCH didn’t have anymore matches to burn Lill went and Sevilla went with him.”

Mancebo sat back amongst a 11-rider chase group without additional tea-mmates for protection. The small bunch quickly became aware of the leader’s isolation and started attacking. Up front Sevilla sacrificed his own opportunity to move into the race lead and dropped off of Lill’s wheel to return to his team-mate and friend’s side as a faithful servant.

“I dropped back because we had a long way to go,” Sevilla said. “Mancebo is our leader and he is very strong. It was better for us to stay together. There were a lot of attacks coming from Baldwin and Louder. In the last couple of kilometres I couldn’t do any more. Our team worked very good today.”

Back in the chase group Sevilla set a quick tempo on the front of the field to try to reduce the time to Lill, who had gained over a minute and became the virtual race leader. However the attacks continued mid-climb forcing the chase group to reduce to nine riders, Louder, Pat McCarty and Chris Baldwin (OUCH p/b Maxis), Matthew Busche (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Anthony Colby (Colavita-Sutter Home), Phil Zajicek (Fly V. Australia) and Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell).

After their dominant display to finish one-two on the previous stage, Sevilla and Mancebo surprisingly displayed signs of weakness with both falling off pace as activity within the chase group increased. Louder put in several attacks in pursuit of Lill followed by counter attacks from Baldwin and McCarty.

“When Lill attacked no one could match him,” said Louder. “I know Lill is strong and very motivated. He’s good at getting out there and putting his head down and going for it. He was really steady and we were on and off. I just stayed with the leaders Mancebo and Sevilla.

“I tried to hit them three or four times and they were just too strong,” he added. “All I could manage was third. It was a disappointing third but it’s still a long race and I didn’t give up too much time today.”

Lill maintained a steady tempo holding his margin at one minute. It decreased during moments of high activity in the chase group and went up again when the bunch settled down.

“I rode this climb last week and I had an idea of what was in store,” Lill said. “Some of the bigger guys would do better over the top where it’s rolling, they can get some recovery there. I wanted to do damage at the bottom of the climb where it was steeper. I wanted to get some time. I don’t think I gained as much time as I would have liked but I’m happy with the win, it’s great for my Team Type 1.”

The chase group successfully rid Sevilla from the group and Mancebo fought hard, yo-yoing in and out of the group trying to maintain contact. A slight downhill was all it took for Mancebo to find his second wind and he attacked with 200-metres to go to capture second place.

“Mancebo’s been top 10 in the Tour a couple of times so he is a great rider,” Louder said. “He’s also a nice guy and it’s good to be able to race against good riders and race against the world’s best. Even when Mancebo is suffering he’s got that little bit more.

“I didn’t think he was going to go like he did at the end,” added Louder. “I though we had him on the ropes. He knows what he’s doing and saved just a little for the end. Maybe it’s just desire but he always had something left.”

In addition to his race lead Mancebo leads the sprint classification. Lill’s stage win moved him into the event’s mountains classification jersey. Louder moved into the Best Utah Rider jersey, ahead of the previous day’s leader Dave Zabriskie (DZ Nuts) while USA Under 23 road and criterium champion Alex Howes (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin) is the event’s best young rider.

The Tour of Utah continues on Friday with a 14.5-kilometre individual time trial at Miller Motorsports Park.

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