12 July 2010

Exciting news for the Tour of Utah

I found some exciting news from the Tour of Utah in my inbox this morning:

The 2010 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah presented by Zions Bank is pleased to announce that the BMC Racing Team will participate in next month's race with a squad of five-riders.

The squad will include three-time National Road Champion George Hincapie, Salt Lake City native and 2008 Tour of Utah winner Jeff Louder, and fellow Americans Chris Barton, Chris Butler and Swiss national Simon Zahner.
(Photo credit: Tim de Waele).

Hincapie went pro in 1994 and is recognized for riding on the team of eight Tour de France champions and for being the only rider to join Lance Armstrong in all seven of his victories from 1999-2005.
"I'm excited to be able to do another race in the U.S.," said Hincapie. "From what Jeff and other racers have told me, The Tour of Utah is well organized and very demanding."

Louder has been a pro-cyclist since 2000 and lives in Salt Lake City when he's not racing overseas. Besides his win at the 2008 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, he also finished third overall at last year's race, and has finished on the podium in several international races including the Tour de Beauce and the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

"I am very happy to be racing the Tour of Utah with BMC Racing," said Louder. "As a Utah native, I am particularly motivated to do well and we are bringing a team that will be competing for the win."

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a six-day, 300-mile plus professional bicycle road race along the Rocky Mountain's Wasatch Range through some of Utah's most beautiful and challenging terrain. Scheduled to take place next month, August 17-22, 2010, the Tour of Utah will attract 18 professional cycling teams totaling 144 cyclists competing for a cash/prize purse of $45,000.

More than 30,000 spectators are expected to line the racecourse and attend the festivals in Ogden, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City and Tooele.

For more information about the BMC Racing Team, please visit www.bmcracingteam.com. For more information on the Tour of Utah, please visit www.tourofutah.com
With just over a month until the start of the Tour of Utah, we should start seeing more team rosters finalized and posted.  I'll be sure to pass along any additional notable inclusions to this year's race.  It is going to be very cool to have the Current US National Road champion riding in the 2010 Tour of Utah

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