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Tour of Utah 2014 kicks off with three Grand Tour winners & last year’s winner

Tour of Utah 2014, Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans, Jens Voigt, Chris Horner
Tour of Utah 2014, Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans, Jens Voigt, Chris Horner
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

The 10th edition of the Tour of Utah begins Monday in Cedar City, Utah, with a week that includes 753.8 miles/1,213 kilometers and 57,863 feet/17,636.6 meters of elevation gain, before it concludes on Sunday the 10th of August in Park City, Utah.

To kick off the week, a group of elite cyclists and tour officials met with the press for a preview of racing and to discuss the race that has earned the name,  “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM.”

In attendance were three former Grand Tour winners: Ivan Basso (Cannondale), 2006 winner of the Giro d’Italia, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) winner of the Tour de France 2011, and Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida), last year’s Vuelta a España winner.

Tour of Utah 2013 winner, Tom Danielson (Garmin Sharp) and fan favorite, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing), who has announced this will be his final year of racing, rounded out the elite panel that discussed their families, careers, and the upcoming week.

Also in attendance were five rising stars of cycling, Michael Torckler (Team SmartStop), Tanner Putt (Bissell Development Team), Lucas Euser (United Healthcare), Jai Crawford (Drapac Pro Cycling) and Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits).

Discussing the race, its ten years of success and the popularity of cycling in Utah were Steve Miller, President of Miller Sports Properties, Brad Petersen, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, and Kym Buttschardt of the Utah Office of Tourism.

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