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Tour of Utah heads south for 2016

The 2016 Tour of Utah will feature three stages in the southern half of the state before its traditional finish in Park City.

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For only the third time in the race’s 12-year history, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will feature stages in southern Utah for 2016, organizers announced Thursday. The route will feature 13 host cities over the course of seven days of racing, August 1-7.

The race kicks off outside of Zion National Park and will conclude in Park City, as it has in years past. Three new host venues will be included this coming year: Kearns, Escalante, and Zion Canyon Village. Kearns is a southwestern suburb of Salt Lake City, while the latter two towns are part of the race’s southern swing.

“Each year the Tour of Utah changes the race route, following a tradition of other UCI stage races in the world,” said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Tour of Utah. “We are able to showcase more communities across the state, as well as to provide a variety of courses for the top professional cycling teams each August. With 2016 being the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the United States, we are privileged to highlight these world-famous parks at the start of race week.”

American Joe Dombrowski won the 2015 edition of the race, which, according to organizers, set an attendance record with 380,000 spectators.

2016 Tour of Utah host cities

Monday, Aug. 1 – Stage 1, Zion Canyon Village to Cedar City
Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Stage 2, Escalante to Torrey
Wednesday, Aug. 3 – Stage 3, Richfield to Payson
Thursday, Aug. 4 – Stage 4, IM Flash (Lehi) to Kearns
Friday, Aug. 5 – Stage 5, Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful
Saturday, Aug. 6 – Stage 6, Snowbasin Resort to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Sunday, Aug. 7 – Stage 7, Park City to Park City