Friday, August 15, 2008

Tour of Utah - Day 2 Report

Stage 2, with over 10,000 ft. of climbing, at the Tour of Utah took its toll on RIDECLEAN.

Although the team was active early in the race (read below from ) some paid heavily for their efforts which resulted in Jon Chodroff DNF'ing. Next to slip away, at the base of the climb, was an eight-rider group, which split on the steep early slopes. Leading the way up the climb were Garmin’s Caldwell and Peter Stetina, joined by BMC’s Scott Nydam. Following behind were Ted King (Bissell) Kiel Reijnen (RideClean), Chris Jones (Team Type 1), Mike Creed (Rock Racing) and points leader Brad White (Successful Living), who spent stage 1 off the front with Donald and Sheldon Deeny (Fan Sports Network composite team). Drew Miller, one of the nation's top climbers over nearly two decades with wins at the Tour of Gila on three occasions, had a rough day, ultimately taking a wrong turn riding behind the race and missing the time cut. Both Ryan Trebon and U-23 rider Kiel Reijnen finished in the top 35, with Kiel staying within striking range (currently in 3rd place) of the best young rider - trailing Garmin Chipotle's Peter Stetina by 1:19 in that competition, respectively. The other three RIDECLEAN members of Jake Rubelt, Brian Forbes and Kyle Colavito, although losing time, are weathering what has been called "America's Toughest Stage Race" well. So the team is down to 5 with a 60 minute Salt Lake City evening criterium in store for tomorrow which will hopefully offer some respite before Saturday's queen stage of climbng galore.

Stay tuned for further updates and thank you for your continued support!

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