Sulzberger sizzles on final stage

Mancebo the King of Utah

Bernhard Sulzberger showed why he's Australia national criterium champion with a win at the Tour of Utah criterium finale in a head-to-head sprint against US national criterium champion, John Murphy. The OUCH pb Maxxis rider finished second while BMC's Chris Barton took third, his first NRC podium.

"I needed to be first to that last corner and I cut the inside of it and had a lot more speed; that's what gave me the advantage to take the win," said Sulzberger. "The team worked awesome and did nearly all the race on the front. I can't thank them enough and I just had to pay it back to them. We came here to win a stage and this was our last opportunity."

Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) added the Tour of Utah to his long career palmares. The Spaniard moved into the race lead after winning stage one and with the help of his teammates held it through to the finish. Stage two winner Darren Lill (Team Type 1) maintained his second place ahead of last year's champion Jeff Louder (BMC), who placed third.

"Winning this race is very important because it is the first [stage] race I have won in America," said Mancebo, who won stage one of the Tour of California in February. "The team worked so hard since the first day to keep this jersey. I just had to stay up front in the criterium to hold onto the yellow jersey. The team stayed at the front the whole criterium and there were no problems."

Finally, a day for the sprinters!

The Tour of Utah concluded with a fast, non-technical, four-corner criterium held on the streets of Salt Lake City. Only 130 of the 170 riders that started the prologue last Tuesday were left to finish the mountainous six-stage race. Mancebo's Rock Racing teammates assumed responsibility for setting tempo to deter attempted breakaways for the full duration of the 90-minute race.

BMC's 'go big or go home' attitude resulted in the only significant break of the day. The squad sent one rider after another on the attack which resulted in Brent Bookwalter escaping the field. Current US amateur criterium champion Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms) followed the move and the two gained a lead nearing 10 seconds.

French-Canadian talent David Veilleux (KBS) attempted to bridge across soon after, joined by Salt Lake City's ProTour hero David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream). Veilleux's snappy speed closed the gap to the break and Zabriskie's powerful time trial strength played a key role in gaining nearly 20 seconds' advantage.

The four escapees took even turns of pace round the circuit as Veilleux aimed to hold the break out front long enough to capture the mid-race points sprint. Mancebo and Andy Guptill (Colavita-Sutter Home) were tied for the lead of the event's Best Sprinter jersey with 10 points each. Veilleux stole the green jersey from both riders by picking up full points to move into a 14-point lead.

"We were really going for the green jersey and that was one of the big goals for the day," said Veilleux, who finished in third on stage one. "It's a good thing to win. I had a good first stage and I think I could have won that if it was together, but things happen like that. I had the points and so I wanted to go for this today."

Bookwalter was the highest placed breakaway rider overall, although at 4:18 back he didn't pose a threat to Mancebo's lead. Rock Racing's pace-setting never faltered and they held the time gap at between 15 and 20 seconds. The break may have gained more time if not for the hungry sprinters back in the bunch. After all, it was their final opportunity to win a stage and one that they had suffered for all week.

The sense of danger worked its way back through the peloton and riders from Fly V Australia sent two men to help Rock Racing in the chase, desperately trying to bring the race back together for their eventual winner, Sulzberger. OUCH p/b Maxxis also helped in the pursuit, keeping the break at a manageable 10 seconds with 40 minutes to go. The break dangled out front for another 10 minutes before being reeled back with 30 minutes to go.

As the time board showed 10 circuits remaining the attacks had calmed and Rock Racing continued its effort at the front to position Mancebo safely in the hectic finale. Meanwhile, Fly V Australia and OUCH p/b Maxxis were preparing for the anticipated sprint finish as recently-crowned US professional criterium champion John Murphy sported his new stars and stripes skin-suit for the first time.

"It's very motivating and I'm pretty much riding for this jersey now," said Murphy, who won the title in Downers Grove last weekend. "I have to prove to myself that I'm the best crit racer in America and I gotta start riding like that.

"OUCH p/b Maxxis rode perfect today," Murphy continued. "We took over and had all the guys working. We had them on the front to bring back an earlier move. They kept it in control up until the last corner and Bernie just snuck through. I left it a little too open and he beat me."

The crowds went wild when their local hero Jeff Louder (BMC), defending champion took a flyer with one lap to go. His efforts served two purposes; first, to bring teammate Barton into good position to sprint and second, to try to hold off the field and win the race.

"That was sort of a stunt trying to set up Barton/trying to win," said Louder. "I wanted to win and that was really my only chance. If those guys faltered or hesitated too much I think I could have stayed away but if it didn't work, Barton was in a perfect position for the big wind up if they did chase me. It more or less paid off because that was a great result for him."

Results

1Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)1:30:34 
2John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
3Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
4Alex Candelario (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
5Darren Lill (Team Type1)  
6Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
7Chris Jones (Team Type1)  
8Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
9Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
10Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)  
11Allen Krughoff (Team Rio Grande)  
12Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)  
13Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)  
14Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)  
15Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
16Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms)  
17Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
18Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
19Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
20Paul Esposti (Ciclismo Racing)  
21David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
22Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
23David Clinger (Cole Sport)  
24Matthew Busche (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
25Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)  
26Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
27Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)  
28Peter Horn (Team Rio Grande)  
29Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
30Brandon Lynch (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
31Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)  
32Timothy Johnson (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
33Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)  
34Evan Elken (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
35Zach Watson (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
36Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)  
37Erik Slack (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)  
38Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)  
39Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
40Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)  
41Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
42Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
43Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)  
44Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
45Alexander Hagman (Ciclismo Racing)  
46John Eisinger (Ciclismo Racing)  
47Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
48Will Dugan (Team Type1)  
49Bill Demong (Cole Sport)  
50Justin Laue (ZteaM)  
51Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)  
52Steve Bovay (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
53Chris Winn (Team Rio Grande)  
54Ian McKissick (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
55Scott Tietzel (KFAN Composite Team)  
56Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
57Nate Page (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
58Jesse Moore (California Giant Berry Farms)  
59Reid Mumford (Kelly Benfit Strategies)  
60Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
61Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
62Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)  
63Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)  
64Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
65Jose Erique Gutierrez Cataluna (Rock Racing)  
66David Talbott (Team Waste Management)  
67Alessandro Bazzanna (Fly V Australia)  
68John Hunt (California Giant Berry Farms)0:00:15 
69Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)  
70Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
71Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
72Jim Camut (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
73Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)  
74David Glick (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
75Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)  
76Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
77Troy Heithecker (Team Rio Grande)  
78Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)  
79Stefano Barberi (ZteaM)  
80David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
81Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
82Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
83Colt Trant (KFAN Composite Team)  
84Roman Kilun (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:00:30 
85Vincent Owens (ZteaM)0:00:36 
86Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)0:00:39 
87Floyd Landis (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:01:13 
88Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
89James Mattis (California Giant Berry Farms)  
90Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:01:45 
91Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:02:44 
92Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)  
93Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms)  
94Jonathan Garcia (BMC Pro Cycling Team)  
95Nathaniel English (ZteaM)  
96Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)  
97Christopher Hong (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:02:55 
98Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)  
99Christopher Phipps (ZteaM)0:03:01 
100Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:03:14 
101Michael Telega (California Giant Berry Farms)0:03:29 
102Will Routley (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:03:46 
103Kevin Noiles (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:03:56 
104Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant Berry Farms)  
105James Wingert (ZteaM)0:04:18 
106Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)0:04:30 
DNFDavid Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)  
DNFJeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling)  
DNFSergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)  
DNFCameron Evans (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)  
DNFJosh Bartlett (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)  
DNFIan Gray (Ciclismo Racing)  
DNFPaul Thomas (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)  
Sprints
1
1David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)5pts
2Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)3 
3David Zabriskie (Garmin Slipstream)1 
2
1Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)5pts
2David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)3 
3Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)1 
Final classification
1Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)12:28:35 
2Darren Lill (Team Type1)0:00:46 
3Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:01:29 
4Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)0:01:54 
5Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)0:02:03 
6Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:02:18 
7Matthew Busche (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:02:36 
8Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:03:05 
9Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)0:04:14 
10Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:04:18 
11Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:05:38 
12Matthew Cooke (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:07:24 
13Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)0:08:44 
14Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)0:08:47 
15Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:09:02 
16Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:09:25 
17Scott Tietzel (KFAN Composite Team)0:10:20 
18Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:10:32 
19Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:10:48 
20Peter Horn (Team Rio Grande)0:10:57 
21Rob Britton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:12:42 
22Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:14:26 
23Alexander Hagman (Ciclismo Racing)0:14:32 
24Floyd Landis (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:15:44 
25Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)0:17:29 
26Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:21:14 
27Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:21:35 
28Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:21:55 
29John Hunt (California Giant Berry Farms)0:22:22 
30Zach Watson (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:23:26 
31Steve Bovay (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:25:12 
32Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:26:50 
33Ian McKissick (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:26:53 
34Chris Jones (Team Type1)0:26:54 
35Nathaniel English (ZteaM)0:28:02 
36Nate Page (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:28:41 
37Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:28:50 
38Jesse Moore (California Giant Berry Farms)0:29:26 
39John Eisinger (Ciclismo Racing)0:30:03 
40Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)0:30:23 
41David Clinger (Cole Sport)0:30:53 
42Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)0:31:48 
43Reid Mumford (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:31:56 
44Timothy Johnson (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:32:20 
45Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:32:23 
46Jim Camut (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:34:28 
47Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:34:29 
48Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Cycling)0:34:45 
49Erik Slack (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:34:55 
50Justin England (California Giant Berry Farms)0:36:44 
51Jonathan Garcia (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:37:15 
52Justin Laue (ZteaM)0:38:20 
53Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)0:39:05 
54David Glick (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:39:27 
55Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:41:21 
56Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)  
57Colt Trant (KFAN Composite Team)0:41:28 
58Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:41:33 
59David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:41:34 
60Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:42:51 
61Jose Erique Gutierrez Cataluna (Rock Racing)0:43:14 
62James Mattis (California Giant Berry Farms)0:44:11 
63Christopher Hong (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:45:05 
64Christopher Phipps (ZteaM)0:45:50 
65Paul Esposti (Ciclismo Racing)0:45:59 
66Chris Winn (Team Rio Grande)0:46:30 
67Alex Candelario (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:46:53 
68Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)0:47:32 
69Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)0:47:39 
70Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:48:23 
71Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:48:24 
72Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)0:50:21 
73Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:50:56 
74Brandon Lynch (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:51:30 
75Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)0:51:41 
76Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)0:51:58 
77Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:52:19 
78Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:52:56 
79Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:53:41 
80Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:56:15 
81David Talbott (Team Waste Management)0:56:48 
82Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:57:25 
83Stefano Barberi (ZteaM)0:57:28 
84Jared Barrilleaux (California Giant Berry Farms)0:57:49 
85Evan Elken (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:58:08 
86Roman Kilun (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:58:22 
87Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:58:45 
88John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)0:58:58 
89David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:59:54 
90Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling)1:00:48 
91Will Routley (Trek Red Truck Cycling)1:01:42 
92Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)1:02:13 
93Allen Krughoff (Team Rio Grande)1:02:35 
94Kevin Noiles (Trek Red Truck Cycling)1:03:17 
95Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)1:04:17 
96Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)1:04:29 
97Troy Heithecker (Team Rio Grande)1:07:14 
98Alessandro Bazzanna (Fly V Australia)1:09:13 
99Vincent Owens (ZteaM)1:09:22 
100Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)1:11:51 
101James Wingert (ZteaM)1:13:30 
102Adam Thuss (Trek Red Truck Cycling)1:15:13 
103Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)1:15:37 
104Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)1:17:11 
105Michael Telega (California Giant Berry Farms)1:18:11 
106Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant Berry Farms)1:35:48 
Mountains classification
1Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)39pts
2Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)26 
3Darren Lill (Team Type1)23 
4Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)22 
5Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)16 
6Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)12 
7Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)12 
8Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)11 
9Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)10 
10Aaron Olsen (KFAN Composite Team)10 
11Patrick McCarty (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)8 
12Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)8 
13Nathaniel English (ZteaM)8 
14Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)7 
15Matthew Busche (Kelly Benfit Strategies)6 
16Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)6 
17Philip Zajicek (Fly V Australia)6 
18Kiel Reijnen (Team Rio Grande)6 
19Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies)4 
20Christopher Baldwin (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)2 
Sprint classification
1David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)14pts
2Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)11 
3Francisco Mancebo Perez (Rock Racing)10 
4Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)10 
5Andrew Guptill (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)10 
6John Murphy (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)9 
7Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing)8 
8Bradley White (OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis)5 
9Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)4 
10Alex Candelario (Kelly Benfit Strategies)4 
11Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team)3 
12Dan Bowman (Kelly Benfit Strategies)3 
13Ian Macgregor (Team Type1)3 
14Will Dugan (Team Type1)3 
15Darren Lill (Team Type1)2 
16David Clinger (Cole Sport)2 
17Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)2 
18Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)1 
19Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia)1 
20Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)1 
Best young rider classification
1Alex Howes (Garmin/Felt)12:30:29 
2Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt)0:06:53 
3Max Jenkins (KFAN Composite Team)0:07:08 
4Bjorn Selander (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:19:20 
5Benjamin King (Fly V Australia)0:24:56 
6Peter Salon (Garmin/Felt)0:28:29 
7Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:30:29 
8Erik Slack (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:33:01 
9Ryohei Komori (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:39:27 
10David Veilleux (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:39:40 
11Christopher Hong (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com)0:43:11 
12Andrew Talansky (KFAN Composite Team)0:45:38 
13Will Dugan (Team Type1)0:46:29 
14Jesse Sergent (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:46:30 
15Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)0:48:27 
16Chris Barton (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:49:02 
17Taylor Shelden (Garmin/Felt)0:49:47 
18Ben King (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)0:50:25 
19Roman Van Uden (Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF)0:51:02 
20Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:54:21 
21David Talbott (Team Waste Management)0:54:54 
22Ryan Baumann (U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG)1:02:23 
Best Utah rider classification
1Darren Lill (Team Type1)12:29:21 
2Jeff Louder (BMC Pro Cycling Team)0:00:43 
3Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:01:32 
4Nate Page (RideClean P/B Patentit.com)0:27:55 
5Reid Mumford (Kelly Benfit Strategies)0:31:10 
6Chase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:31:37 
7Bill Demong (Cole Sport)0:33:43 
8Evan Hyde (Cole Sport)0:51:12 
9Zack Simons (Cole Sport)0:55:29 
10Norman Bryner (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:56:39 
11Todd Hageman (Cole Sport)0:57:59 
12David Harward (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)0:59:08 
13Jesse Gordon (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)1:03:43 
14Eric Pardyjak (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)1:11:05 
15Eric Jeppsen (Cole Sport)1:14:51 
16Alex Rock (Canyon Bicycles All Stars)1:16:25 
Teams classification
1Rock Racing37:18:49 
2OUCH Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis0:06:08 
3BMC Pro Cycling Team0:06:20 
4Kelly Benefit Strategies0:16:59 
5Felt-Holowesko0:18:05 
6KFAN Composite Team0:21:47 
7Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home0:30:20 
8Bissell Pro Cycling0:32:50 
9Team Type 10:34:09 
10Fly V Australia0:45:54 
11Ciclismo Racing0:57:34 
12RideClean P/B Patentit.com1:01:56 
13California Giant Berry Farms1:11:02 
14U23 Trek-LIVESTRONG1:13:00 
15Team Bobs-Bicycles.com1:21:06 
16Team Rio Grande1:29:35 
17ZteaM1:30:35 
18Trek Red Truck Cycling1:32:32 
19Cole Sport1:32:53 
20Canyon Bicycles All Stars2:03:33 
21Land Rover-Orbea b/f the LAF2:12:19 
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