2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
The neutral start in St. George took the race past the Mormon Temple. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
The break of the day started on the flat desert run, with a group of Daan Olivier, Evan Huffman, George Simpson, and Lionel Mawditt getting established after 20km. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Race leader Tejay van Garderen spent a quiet day in the peloton, protected by his BMC Racing teammates. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
BMC put its stagaires to work early as they pulled on the front of the peloton. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
The climbers in the break, Olivier and Mawditt, crested the summit of the KOM near Brian’s Head resort. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Riders from Aevolo sat in the pack on the climb. The Tour of Utah is the team’s first major professional-level race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Burned trees towered over the peloton for much of the climb to Brian’s Head. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Climbing toward Brian’s Head resort, the peloton overlooked the remnants of the massive 2017 forest fire. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Towering rocks and burned trees framed the peloton on the climb. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
The peloton rode through the Dixie National Forest and its lava flows, heading toward the second climb of the day. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
The climb to Cedar Breaks quickly reduced the peloton to fewer than 80 riders. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
LottoNL-Jumbo’s Daan Olivier rode away from his breakaway companions to claim the points on both KOMs, putting him into the climber’s jersey. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
BMC Racing led the peloton streaming down the descent from Cedar Breaks National Monument toward St. George. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Rally Cycling’s Emerson Oronte grabbed a handful of energy blocks to go along with the water bottles for his teammates. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com
2018 Tour of Utah, Stage 1
Thomas Revard flew off the front of the peloton on the finishing circuits. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com