303 Project and Aevolo Cycling to make Inaugural Appearances at “America’s Toughest Stage Race”
SALT LAKE CITY (May 10, 2018) – Eight U.S.-based professional cycling teams have accepted invitations to race this year’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. This finalizes a total field of 17 men’s teams to compete Aug. 6-12 at the 14th edition of “America’s Toughest Stage Race.” Competition will include seven UCI Pro Continental teams and five UCI Continental teams, in addition to the five WorldTour squads announced in March.
Returning to Utah for a record 11th time is UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, a Pro Continental team that has raced every edition of the Tour of Utah since 2008. Other familiar lineups from the Pro Continental ranks making repeat appearances are Rally Cycling (10th year), Hagens Berman Axeon (ninth year), and Holowesko-Citadel presented by Arapahoe Resources (sixth year).
Among the first-time entries in Utah are two Continental squads, 303 Project and Aevolo Cycling. They will be joined in the field by Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, making a second appearance, and Jelly Belly Cycling Team presented by Maxxis, racing for a sixth year.
The last time the Tour of Utah extended invitations to 17 teams was 2012, the second year the event was sanctioned as part of the UCI America Tour. In recent editions, the field has been limited to 16 teams. Rosters for each team can include as many as seven riders, and will be announced the final week of July.
TEAMS – 2018 LARRY H. MILLER TOUR OF UTAH
BMC Racing Team (USA) *
EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale (USA) *
Mitchelton-Scott (Australia) *
Trek-Segafredo (USA) *
Team LottoNL-Jumbo (Netherlands) *
UCI Pro Continental
Bardiani CSF (Italy) *
Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)
Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources (USA)
Israel Cycling Academy (Israel) *
Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini (Italy) *
Rally Cycling (USA)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
303 Project (USA)
Aevolo Cycling (USA)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling (USA)
Jelly Belly Cycling Team p/b Maxxis (USA)
Silber Pro Cycling (Canada) *
* teams announced in March 2018
“There’s no question, winning last year’s Tour of Utah was the biggest result of my career, and one of the best days of my life. The race really does mean a lot to me,” said Rob Britton (Canada), who plans to return with his Rally Cycling squad to defend his 2017 Tour of Utah general classification title.
There are 26 individuals on these teams who have earned either a stage win or a classification jersey in a past appearance at the Tour of Utah. Among the Tour of Utah alumni, three are G.C. winners – – Rob Britton of Rally Cycling (2017), Joe Dombrowski of EF Education First-Drapac presented by Cannondale (2015), and Jeff Louder (2008), who is now a team director with Hagens Berman Axeon.
The Tour of Utah remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. It is also one of the prominent road cycling events that is also part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. The Tour of Utah will start on Aug. 6 in St. George for the first time with a prologue, and conclude seven days later in Park City. Additional host venues are Cedar City, Payson City, Antelope Island State Park, Layton City, Salt Lake City, Canyons Village, and Snowbird Resort.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (Tour of Utah).
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional cycling stage race for the best men’s teams in the world. The 2018 event will be held Aug. 6-12. Now in its 14th year, the event was elevated in 2015 as a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. The 2017 Tour of Utah covered 605 miles of racing and 36,525 feet of climbing with Rob Britton of Rally Cycling winning the overall title. The Tour of Utah is owned by Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. More information about the Tour of Utah, host venues and professional teams can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (tourofutah).
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Jackie Tyson, Media Relations Manager, Tour of Utah