Tour of Utah: McCabe wins in Layton

Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) pulled himself into the history books as the rider with the most stage wins at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah after chalking up his fourth victory and his second of the 2018 edition in Layton.

The UnitedHealthcare rider waited patiently behind lead-out man Sebastian Haedo and hit out simultaneously with Jasper Philipsen (Hagens Berman Axeon), getting the better of the Belgian with the final throw. Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy) was third.

McCabe and his team benefited from having Jonny Clarke in the day's breakaway, allowing the UHC riders to sit in the bunch and let other teams do the chasing. LottoNL-Jumbo took up most of that job, as Rally Cycling's Rob Britton, the 2017 overall winner who started the day just two minutes down, was also in the move.

"The team's strategy played out perfectly," McCabe said. "We knew it was going to be a long day and hot, so we didn't want to take full responsibility overall. The plan was to put someone in the break. We thought that today was the day a breakaway could stick, and we wanted to give opportunities to other riders as well.

"It worked out really well," McCabe said. "Jonny did a great job, and then he got away in the end with Rob. Again it allowed us to not take charge until the very last minute, and we used [Sebastian Haedo] to put me in perfect position for the sprint. Then it was just a drag race between Jasper and I."

The bunch sprint did little to the overall classification, as Sepp Kuss (LottoNl-Jumbo) stayed safely in the peloton to keep the race lead, with 19 seconds over teammate Neilson Powless and 25 seconds over prologue winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team).

How it unfolded

The 188km stage 3 route from Antelope Island to Layton City included three intermediate sprints and just one KOM, the punchy climb up the Bountiful Bench 91km into the race. The first intermediate sprint in Syracuse came 33.8km into the day, while the last two were in Farmington at 69km and 112.5km. Bonus seconds of three, two and one were awarded at each sprint.

The peloton was feeling stingy on the fourth day of the race, and all of the early attacks were quickly nullified by the flying field. Points leader Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) won the first intermediate sprint, and LottoNL-Jumbo's Nielson Powless, who started the day second overall behind teammate Kuss, grabbed a two-second bonus for second place.

At the next sprint in Farmington, EF Education First-Drapac's Mike Woods took maximum points and the three-second bonus ahead of McCabe.

The race covered nearly 70km in the first hour before a group of 10 got away with 112km remaining. In the group were Tony Baca (303 Project), Hamish Schruers (Israel Cycling Academy), Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott), Michael Rice (Axeon Hagens Berman), Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Gage Hecht (Aevolo), Rob Britton (Rally Cycling), Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo) and Brendan Canty (EF Education First-Drapac).

The bunch seemed to be happy with the breakaway composition, and the gap quickly went out to more than a minute.

When Baca took the maximum KOM points on Bountiful Bench at 90km, the gap had gone up to 1:30, but with Britton down just two minutes in the general classification, LottoNL-Jumbo never let the escapees have much of an advantage.

The gap hovered at 1:30 as the escapees made their way to the final intermediate sprint of the day back in Farmington 112.5km into the race, where Clarke took the maximum points and three-second time bump.

Riders started attacking the break with 50km remaining as they entered Hill Air Force base, where Schruers jumped and was followed in succession by Britton, Hecht, Cima, Clarke and Baca. But the original breakaway eventually regrouped when Schruers was brought back into the fold. The leaders had 55 seconds with about 40km remaining, and the gap continued to come down from there.

The escapees entered the first of five 5km finishing circuits with 30 seconds on the field. Britton set off on his own, and he was quickly pursued by Clarke to form a new lead duo off the front. They crossed the line with four to go holding 20 seconds over the breakaway remnants and 45 seconds on the field. With two laps to go the gap was down to 30 seconds. When the gap came down to 20 seconds a short time later, Britton and Clarke shook hands for a good try, but at that point, the field sprint was inevitable.

Jelly Belly kept the pace high on the final lap, as LottoNl-Jumbo lurked close behind with race leader Sepp Kuss in tow. Will Clarke (EF-Drapac) attempted to escape inside the 3km mark, but his move didn't last. Axeon Hagens Berman nailed him back with a sudden surge, but McCabe was perfectly positioned on their train and was able to overhaul Philipsen at the line.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling4:04:47
2Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman AxeonRow 1 - Cell 2
3Edwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 3 - Cell 2
5Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 4 - Cell 2
6Pier-André Côté (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHSRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tyler Magner (USA) Rally CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Neilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 10 - Cell 2
12Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-JumboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Brayan Stiven Sanchez Vergara (Col) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe ResourcesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Griffin Easter (USA) 303 ProjectRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alex Hoehn (USA) AevoloRow 16 - Cell 2
18Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe ResourcesRow 17 - Cell 2
19Michael Hernandez (USA) AevoloRow 18 - Cell 2
20Lance Haidet (USA) AevoloRow 19 - Cell 2
21Luis Ricardo Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) AevoloRow 20 - Cell 2
22Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 26 - Cell 2
28Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jack Burke (Can) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 31 - Cell 2
33Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally CyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sean Bennett (USA) Hagens Berman AxeonRow 34 - Cell 2
36Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 36 - Cell 2
38Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 37 - Cell 2
39Connor Brown (USA) Mobius BridgelaneRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ed Anderson (USA) Hagens Berman AxeonRow 39 - Cell 2
41Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Robert Britton (Can) Rally CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Flavio De Luna (Mex) 303 ProjectRow 44 - Cell 2
46Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgelaneRow 45 - Cell 2
47Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Evan Huffman (USA) Rally CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe ResourcesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 50 - Cell 2
52Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate-KHSRow 51 - Cell 2
53Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bernat Font Mas (Spa) 303 ProjectRow 53 - Cell 2
55Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 54 - Cell 2
56Charles Etienne Chretien (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Gage Hecht (USA) AevoloRow 56 - Cell 2
58Isaiah Newkirk (USA) 303 ProjectRow 57 - Cell 2
59Danick Vandale (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Danny Pate (USA) Rally CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Alexander Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 61 - Cell 2
63Morgan Schmitt (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe ResourcesRow 62 - Cell 2
64Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe ResourcesRow 63 - Cell 2
65Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Laurent Gervais (Can) AevoloRow 68 - Cell 2
70Lionel Mawditt (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgelaneRow 71 - Cell 2
73Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 72 - Cell 2
74Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jordan Cheyne (Can) Elevate-KHSRow 74 - Cell 2
76Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 78 - Cell 2
80Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane0:00:23
81Maikel Zijlaard (Ned) Hagens Berman Axeon0:00:32
82Brian McCulloch (USA) Elevate-KHS0:01:03
83William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 83 - Cell 2
85Thomas Revard (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon0:01:09
86Fernando Islas Lopez (Mex) Aevolo0:01:27
87Jonathan Brown (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon0:01:36
88Cormac McGeough (Irl) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:47
89George Simpson (USA) Elevate-KHS0:01:59
90Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 89 - Cell 2
91Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:02:39
92Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling0:03:29
94Cullen Easter (USA) 303 Project0:03:38
95Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe ResourcesRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman AxeonRow 95 - Cell 2
97Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 96 - Cell 2
98Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 97 - Cell 2
99Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 99 - Cell 2
101Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jan Maas (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 101 - Cell 2
103Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 102 - Cell 2
104Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 103 - Cell 2
105Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 104 - Cell 2
106Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:05:49
107Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 106 - Cell 2
108Tony Baca (Mex) 303 ProjectRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFFreddy Ovett (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFRussell Finsterwald (USA) Mobius BridgelaneRow 109 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling5pts
2Neilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale5pts
2Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Edwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5pts
2Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling15pts
2Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Edwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling Academy10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pier-André Côté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHS4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Neilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tony Baca (Mex) 303 Project6pts
2Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon4:04:47
2Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 1 - Cell 2
3Pier-André Côté (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Neilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-JumboRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alex Hoehn (USA) AevoloRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michael Hernandez (USA) AevoloRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lance Haidet (USA) AevoloRow 6 - Cell 2
8Luis Ricardo Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) AevoloRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sean Bennett (USA) Hagens Berman AxeonRow 8 - Cell 2
10Connor Brown (USA) Mobius BridgelaneRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ed Anderson (USA) Hagens Berman AxeonRow 10 - Cell 2
12Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgelaneRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Charles Etienne Chretien (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Gage Hecht (USA) AevoloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alexander Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Laurent Gervais (Can) AevoloRow 20 - Cell 2
22Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane0:00:23
23Maikel Zijlaard (Ned) Hagens Berman Axeon0:00:32
24Thomas Revard (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon0:01:09
25Fernando Islas Lopez (Mex) Aevolo0:01:27
26Jonathan Brown (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon0:01:36
27Cormac McGeough (Irl) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:47
28Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon0:03:38
29Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jan Maas (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 29 - Cell 2
31Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 30 - Cell 2
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Combative
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling4pts
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Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Israel-Cycling Academy12:14:21
2Unitedhealthcare Pro CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 2 - Cell 2
4AevoloRow 3 - Cell 2
5BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jelly Belly Pb MaxxisRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lottonl-JumboRow 6 - Cell 2
8Hagens Berman AxeonRow 7 - Cell 2
9Holowesko Citadel Pb ArapahoeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rally CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
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