Greg Van Avermaet launched himself with little less than a kilometer to go and the BMC Racing Team found itself right where it was a year ago atop the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah podium with the races overall leader. Van Avermaets attack on the final lap in Cedar City caught the peloton off guard as he powered away from the field to not only capture a solo victory in Stage One presented by Zions Bank, but also take the Larry H. Miller Dealerships leaders jersey.
Orica GREENEDGEs Michael Matthews (Australia) and Hincapie Sportswear Development Teams Tyler Magner (USA) rounded out the podium for Stage One presented by Zions Bank.
Christopher Jones (USA) and Michael Torckler (New Zealand) attacked early in the stage that started in Brian Head and spent most of the day off the front in a two-man breakaway. They built a lead that grew to nearly 10 minutes, before being caught with just a few miles to go in the 112-mile stage. Attacks flew at the front of the pack on the finishing circuit in Cedar City.
Though the break didnt last to the finish line, the riders were rewarded for their efforts. Torckler earned the Ski Utah King of the Mountain (KOM) jersey for his Bissell team and Jones, with the UnitedHealthcare, claimed the Vivint Most Aggressive Rider jersey.
Magner, the reigning USA U23 criterium champion, took possession of the Subaru Best Young Rider jersey for his efforts. Matthews will wear the XO Communications Sprint leaders jersey, after piloting the field sprint behind Van Avermaet.
Van Avermaet is the races overall leader heading into Stage Two presented by the Utah Office of Tourism with Matthews second. Thanks to picking up a few sprint points during his time in the breakaway, Jones is third in the general classification standings also four second back, while Magner is fourth six seconds behind Van Avermaet.
Wednesday is Stage Two presented by Utah Office of Tourism, the longest stage of the week. This 131-mile ride from Panguitch to Torrey rolls through southern Utahs rural landscape. With 9,877 feet of climbing.
Tour of Utah Stage 1
1. VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) BMC Racing Team 4:10:50
2. MATTHEWS Michael (AUS) Orica GreenEdge 4:10:54
3. JONES Christopher (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 4:10:54
4. MAGNER Tyler * (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development 4:10:56
5. JENKINS Max (USA) 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda Racing 4:10:59