EF Education First’s Lawson Craddock was denied the Tour of Utah prologue by James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS), but got revenge on stage 1 by attacking in the final kilometres not long after Piccoli had chased back after a puncture. The American was joined by a few other riders who helped power the escape for the stage win. Neri-Sottoli put two riders in the move, with Umberto Marengo taking out the biggest win of his career.
Marengo waited as teammate Sebastian Schönberger put in a scathing attack inside 2km to go, and as Craddock was forced to reel the Austrian in, jumped clear ahead of the EF Education First rider and Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy) to take the win. Travis McCabe (Worthy) led the peloton to the line behind the breakaway, six seconds later.
With the time bonus, Craddock leads the overall ahead of Piccoli by six seconds, with João Almeida (Hagens Berman Axeon) second on the same time.
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How it unfolded
The 139.9km first stage started in North Logan City and finished there after taking in three intermediate sprints and three KOMs. The stage finished with five finishing circuits that included a challenging 7% climb that topped out about 5km from the finish.
With temperatures soaring into the low 90s, the peloton was happy to let a small move go quickly so they could settle in for the chase.
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