2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 01
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2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 01

Tuesday - August 7, 2012 - Ogden, UT

The Tour of Utah is billed, probably justifiably so, as the hardest stage race in North America.

RACE BIBLE
Start
Ogden
Finish
Ogden
Distance
131.7 mi
Type
Medium Mountain Stage
Description

“The 2012 Tour of Utah will begin on Tuesday, August 7 with a 131.6-mile (211km) road race in Ogden. This is the first time since 2008 that the Tour has started with a road race rather than a prologue. There will be a total of four KOM climbs on this opening stage featuring 8,900 feet of elevation gain, including a new climb over Hogback Summit. sprint lines will be located in Morgan and Huntsville. On the return to Ogden, the peloton will crest the infamous Trapper’s Loop en route to crossing North Ogden Pass from the back side, a two-mile climb with nine percent average gradient.”–CyclingNews

Top Three Finishers
  1. Rory Sutherland, UnitedHealthcare, 05:25:41
  2. Damiano Caruso, Liquigas-Cannondale, s.t.
  3. Brent Bookwalter, BMC Racing Team, s.t.
I131.7 MIles, 8,939 Vertical Feet, and 99°F

Unlike in every other year of its history, the Tour of Utah (billed, probably justifiably so, as the hardest stage race in North America) started it’s week off with a full stage rather than a prologue. This decision was probably not welcomed with completely open arms by the riders (including Team Exergy and Bontrager Development rider Joe Dombrowski, who MFS will introduce tomorrow with Stage 02 coverage) who had to go bust ass in the heat for five hours. But it’s not up to them, they can go start their own race if they don’t like it.

IIStage 01: Ogden to Ogden
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When MFS asked Freddie Rodriguez (that's not him picture, that's Matt Cooke) what SPF he was using, he answered, "I'm using SPF 50. I wish it was 100. Maybe if I slobber it on twice, does that count as 100?"
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