An exciting stage 5 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was marred when the finish-line truss collapsed in strong winds that kicked up minutes after the stage concluded. The collapse occurred while photographers, race staff and spectators were watching the podium ceremony.
Race spokesman Frank Zang said one person was injured in the collapse and transported to a local hospital, although Zang would not elaborate on the extent of the injuries or whether the victim was part of the race staff, media or a spectator.
"After the conclusion of the Tour of Utah stage 5, those high storm winds caused the start/finish line truss to be blown over on the roadway on 500 North," Zang said. "The race had been completed and the awards ceremony was taking place on the main stage. One individual was injured and transported to the University of Utah hospital."
The post-race press conference was cancelled, as riders and support staff quickly left the venue due to the storm conditions.
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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.
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