Press release, Aug. 10 — American
Jesse Anthony of Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth chased down an
early breakaway and won today’s (Wednesday's) Stage One presented by Miller Lite at
the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Taking second and retaining the
overall general classficiation (G.C.) lead was Sergio Henao (COL) of
Gobernacion Indeportes Antioquia. Spaniard Oscar Sevilla of Gobernacion
Indeportes Antioquia was third and 2010 Tour of Utah champion Levi
Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack was a close fourth overall.
“I’m very happy to be in front… I did not plan to go alone. Call it
stupid, but it worked out. This race is wide open. It is not called the
‘toughest stage race’ for nothing,” said Anthony, who won the G.C.
earlier this year at Nature Valley Grand Prix.
Anthony made a bold move
on the second climb of three over North Ogden Pass to join an early
break and attacked on the final climb. He won the longest stage of the
week, 116.3 miles (187.2 kilometers), in a final sprint to outdistance
himself from a small pack of five riders.
With teammates Henao and Sevilla working together in the final sprint on Historic 25th
Street in downtown Ogden, Henao retains the Larry H. Miller Dealerships
Leader’s jersey and Sevilla moves to second on G.C. Leipheimer is now
13 seconds back in third place on G.C. and Jesse Anthony is fourth, 18
seconds off the lead.
In addition to the stage win, Anthony captured the XO Communications
Sprint classification jersey.
The Ski Utah King of the Mountain
classification jersey will be worn for the first time this week by Ruben
Bertogliati (SUI) of Team Type 1-SANOFI.
For a second day, Tejay van
Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad secured the Subaru Best Young Rider Jersey
and Tyler Wren (USA) of Jamis-Sutter Home earned the Miller Lite Best
Utah Rider Jersey.
Jay Thompson (RSA) of Bissell Pro Cycling was
awarded the Vivint Most Aggressive Rider jersey for initiating the first
break of the day on the 11-mile climb up North Ogden Pass.