Evans Wins Final Stage; Danielson Wins Tour of Utah
BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans took his second straight victory at Tour of Utah 2014 when he won the 7th and final stage from Park City to Park City. Tom Danielson won the general classification for his Garmin-Sharp-POC team.
Evans' stage win was even more dramatic and animating than his come-from-behind sprint on Saturday to win the summit finish of the race's queen stage. This time, the past Tour de France and world road champion chased back in aggressive and courageous fashion on the high-speed descent into Park City at the end of the 125.5 kilometer route, then slipped his four breakaway companions on a left-hand turn onto Main Street by going wide, diving inside and sprinting to comfortably take the stage win.
"I was pretty sure all the general classification riders were going to be pretty exhausted," Evans explained. "My main concern was the Lampre-Merida riders, who had the advantage in numbers. But I conserved my energy and waited for my time. I went once, but I went with everything."
Wilco Kelderman (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) was second and Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida) finished third. Anacona's teammate, Chris Horner, finished fourth on the stage and runner-up in the overall standings to Tom Danielson (Garmin - Sharp - POC), who won the overall Tour of Utah champion title for the second straight year and rolled in as the fifth rider from the breakaway waving his hands high in the air. Stage winner Evans finished sixth in the overall standings.
"Thank you to my Garmin-Sharp-POC teammates and staff for giving me their all so I could do this. We did it," proud race winner Danielson said after the being celebrated on the podium in Park City, Utah.