A solo attack up Little Cottonwood Canyon launched BMC Racing Team's Johann Tschopp of Switzerland to victory today at Stage Five presented by Exergy Development Group of the 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. By hitting the finish line in four hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort first, the Swiss rider leaped from 14th on general classification to the overall race lead.
Team NetApp’s Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic) pulled away from a chase group over the final kilometer to finish second, 43 seconds behind Tschopp. American Joe Dombrowski of Bontrager Livestrong placed third, just 47 seconds back.
Tschopp’s victory shook up the general classification as he supplanted Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda’s Christian Vande Velde (USA), who now sits in second on G.C., 38 seconds off the pace. Radi Shack-Nissan-Trek’s Matthew Busche (USA) is third on G.C., 43 seconds back. Koenig and Dombrowski round out the top five, at 53 and 58 seconds back, respectively.
Sunday, August 12 is the final day of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Stage Six presented by UnitedHealthcare. The decisive stage of the six-day race covers just 76.7 miles (123.5 kilometers), but will be demanding with 6,844 feet (2,086 meters) of climbing over several relentless mountain passes. Huge crowds are expected in downtown Park City, home to several events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, which is the official host venue for Sunday’s start and finish lines. After departing Park City at 12:10 p.m. MT, the race travels through Kamas en route to a new Category 2 climb in the Wolf Creek Ranch development. After the XO Communications Sprint Line in Kamas, the racers will encounter the final Ski Utah King of the Mountains climb over Empire Pass Road, which is classified Hors Categorie (most difficult). A rapid descent will bring the race back to Park City for a finish on south Main Street, estimated to finish between 3:15- 3:45 p.m. MT.