After chasing a six-rider breakaway for more than 120 miles, American Jake Keough of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling won a thrilling sprint finish in downtown Salt Lake City at Stage Four presented by Adobe at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Friday afternoon.
Keough edged out Liquigas-Cannondale’s Marco Benfatto (Italy) to the line in front of EnergySolutions Arena. Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda’s Tyler Farrar (USA) finished third. A bunch sprint of 17 riders, which included the G.C. leader Christian Vande Velde of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, covered the 134.2-mile (216.2-kilometer) course in four hours, 47 minutes and six seconds.
A six-rider breakaway escaped early and built a lead as great as 10 minutes racing through the Rush Valley and the historic Pony Express road. It took the peloton, led in part by UnitedHealthcare, almost 125 miles to chase down the break within the final kilometer on the downtown streets of the Utah’s capital city.
The bunch sprint means there was no significant change in the overall standings at the quartet of Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda riders atop the leaderboard are still safely there. Vande Velde remains in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Overall Leader’s jersey. His teammates Tommy Danielson (USA) and Dave Zabriskie (USA) are now three seconds back, in second and third respectively on G.C.