Leo Koenig finishes the fourth stage of the Tour of Utah in 11th place
With 218 kilometers, the fourth stage of the Tour of Utah, which starts and finishes in Salt Lake City, is the longest leg of the tour. On the rather wavy course Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) was able to prevail ahead of Marco Benfatto (Liquigas) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp) in the mass sprint. NetApp’s Leo Koenig reached the finish in eleventh place and improved his overall ranking to 24th. He is still 1:10 minute behind the leaders.
A 6-man lead group determined what happened during today's stage. After some unsuccessful first attacks directly after the start, the escapees promptly distanced themselves. The field gave them a lead of up to 10 minutes before the chasing riders caught up and the race was decided in the mass sprint.
“Despite it being such a long stage, we were able to be economical with our strengths today. The team was well able to keep Leo out of the wind so that he had enough power left to sprint as a summit rider in the finale,” said Ralph Denk after the race.
“We are continuing to concentrate on both the coming mountain stages and the extent to which that can still affect our overall ranking,” continued Denk.
Tomorrow's queen stage runs over 165 kilometers from Newspark Town to the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. It ends at an altitude over 3,000 meters, distributed over three mountain classifications, before the stage ends with a mountain top finish.
Stage 1, August 7th Ogden – Ogden (211 km)
Stage 2, August 8th TeamTimeTrial Miller Motorsports Park (21.7km)
Stage 3, August 9th Ogden - University of Utah Research Park (138 km)
Stage 4, August 10th Lehi - Salt Lake City (218 km)
Stage 5, August 11th Newspark town center - Snowbird Ski/Summer Resort (165 km)
Stage 6, August 12th Park City - Park City (121.3 km)
Leo Koenig, Bartosz Huzarski, Andreas Dietziker, Reto Hollenstein, Andreas Schillinger, Marcel Wyss, Cesare Benedetti