Five Grand Tour Teams Part of Final Men’s Field at 2015 Tour of Utah
18 Women’s Teams Tapped for Two-Day USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar Event
June 29, 2015
Three new men’s teams and seven women’s teams have accepted invitations to compete in Tour of Utah races this August. For the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Aug. 3-9, the final field of 16 teams has been filled for the internationally-sanctioned 2.HC men’s stage race. It will mark inaugural appearances in Utah for Airgas-Safeway Cycling of the United States, Bardiani-CSF of Italy and Australia’s Team Budget Forklifts. On the women’s side, a final field of 18 professional and elite teams has been confirmed for the two-day Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic on Aug. 3-4.
The men’s peloton will include five teams with experience in the top three global stage races sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), considered the Grand Tours -- Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. This year four of these teams will compete July 4-26 at the Tour de France -- BMC Racing Team, Can nondale-Garmin Pro Cycling, Team MTN-Qhubeka, and Trek Factory Racing. The 16 teams competing in August are registered in five different countries, representing five continents.
For the Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic, a UCI team from Argentina, Itaú Shimano Ladies Power Team, has bolstered the final field to include five Women’s Elite UCI teams. In addition, the women’s field will include nine teams currently rated in the Top 10 of the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) rankings. The omnium-style competition, sanctioned by USA Cycling as part of the NCC, will take place in Logan, Utah, on Aug. 3 and Ogden, Utah, on Aug. 4.
“We have so many great teams at this year’s Tour of Utah, and at the Criterium Classic. With the World Championships for road cycling being held in Richmond, Virginia, just a month after Utah, we expect these teams to bring top contenders for race week. Spectators will be treated to compelling attacks and race action across northern Utah at all seven stages,” said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, a division of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment.
Final Field of Teams -- 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah ^ denotes new team added
UCI ProTeams (*world rankings as of June 21, 2015)
BMC Racing Team (USA), No.7 on UCI WorldTour
Can nondale-Garmin Pro Cycling (USA), No. 15 on UCI WorldTour
Trek Factory Racing (USA), No. 14 on UCI WorldTour
UCI Professional Continental Teams (rankings as of June 25, 2015)
^Bardiani-CSF (Italy), No. 25 on UCI Asia Tour
Drapac Professional Cycling (Australia), No. 2 on UCI Oceania Tour
Team Colombia (Colombia), No. 12 on UCI America Tour
Team MTN-Qhubeka presented by Samsung (South Africa), No. 4 on UCI Asia Tour
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA), No. 10 on UCI AmericaTour
UCI Continental Teams (UCI ranking as of June 25, 2015; NRC ranking as of June 5, 2015)
^Airgas-Safeway Cycling Team (USA), No. 7 on USAC NRC
Axeon Cycling Team (USA), No. 4 on UCI Oceania Tour
^Team Budget Forklifts (Australia), No. 3 on UCI Oceania Tour
Hincapie Racing Team (USA), No. 1 on USAC NRC
Jamis-Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home (USA), No. 3 on USAC NRC
Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis (USA), No. 6 on USAC NRC
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA), No. 2 on USAC NRC
Team SmartStop (USA), No. 4 on USAC NRC
Final Field of Teams -- Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic ^ denotes new team added
Women’s Elite UCI Teams (NCC ranking as of June 5, 2015)
BMW presented by Happy Tooth Dental, No. 7 on USAC NCC
^Itaú Shimano Ladies Power Team
Pepper Palace Pro Cycling presented by The Happy Tooth, No. 5 on USAC NCC
Team TIBCO-SVB, No. 4 on USAC NCC
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, No. 2 on USAC NCC
Domestic Elite and Composite Teams (NCC ranking as of June 5, 2015)
^Canyon Bicycles-Shimano Composite
Colavita/Bianchi presented by Fine Cooking (DE), No, 3 on USAC NCC
DNA Cycling presented by K4 (DE), No. 10 on USAC NCC
Fearless Femme presented by Haute Wheels Racing (DE), No. 6 on USAC NCC
ISCorp Cycling presented by Smart Choice MRI (DE), No. 1 on USAC NCC
JetCycling U25 Women’s Devo Team (DE)
^LA Sweat (DE)
Monster Media Elite Women’s Team
^Roosters Bikers Edge (DE)
^SKINourishment presented by Paceline Projects
^Sun & Ski Women’s Elite Team
Visit Dallas Cycling presented by Noise4Good (DE), No. 8 on USAC NCC
^Zoca-Colnago presented by Novatec
Among the three new teams announced for the men’s field, Airgas-Safeway features American strongman Chris Horner. The 43-year-old has participated in all three Grand Tours, including the Tour de France six times, and won the 2013 Vuelta a España. He is a two-time runner-up on G.C. at the Tour of Utah, finishing behind two-time champion Tom Danielson of Can nondale-Garmin Pro Cycling in 2013 and 2014. Team Budget Forklifts features New Zealand climber Michael Torckler, who captured the Ski Utah KOM jersey for Bissell Pro Cycling at the 2013 Tour of Utah. Bardiani-CSF features Italian Stefano Pirazzi, who captured the KOM title at the 2013 Giro d’Italia and won a stage in the 2014 Giro.
This year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America for men following the Tour de France. The men’s field of 16 professional teams will compete over 712 miles and 51,442 feet of elevation gain, solidifying “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM” as the most challenging UCI 2.HC race in North America.
The final rosters for both men’s and women’s teams will be announced Aug. 1, prior to race week. Read details about the professional teams competing in the 11th edition of the Tour of Utah at the official web site -- www.tourofutah.com. More information about the Tour can be found by visiting social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (@tourofutah #TOU15, #TOUWE15), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 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 stage race for the best men's cycling teams in the world. The 2015 event, Aug. 3-9, has been elevated to a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. For women’s professional and elite teams, a two-day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic, Aug. 3-4, is sanctioned by USA Cycling on the National Criterium Calendar. Host venues for 2015 are Logan, Tremonton, Ogden, Antelope Island State Park, Bountiful, Soldier Hollow/Heber Valley, Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Park City. In 2014, the Tour of Utah expanded to seven days of racing and community festivals. The 2015 Tour of Utah covers 712 miles of racing and 51,442 feet of climbing. A total of 16 men’s professional teams will compete, bringing more than 120 athletes from 20 countries. American Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Sharp claimed the overall men’s title for the Tour of Utah for a second year in a row. The inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition was won by American Coryn Rivera of UnitedHealthcare. For more information visit www.tourofutah.com