Some of the world’s best international and domestic men’s professional cycling teams have accepted invitations to compete at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Aug. 6-12, 2018.
World Pro Teams
BMC Racing Team
BMC Racing Team returns to the Tour of Utah for a 10th time, and has won the overall team classification in Utah three times (2008, 2016, 2017). Competing in all the Grand Tours each season, this accomplished team finished 2017 ranked third overall on the UCI WorldTour Team standings. BMC Racing Team recorded 48 wins during the 2017 season, 22 were at UCI WorldTour races and six were national titles. Its 2018 roster features 24 riders representing nine countries. All three Americans return to the squad - Brent Bookwalter, Tejay van Garderen, and Joey Rosskopf. Bookwalter won the Points classification in 2015, and Van Garderen won the Stage 3 individual time trial at the 2011 Tour of Utah. Rosskopf, who finished second in the overall Mountain classification at the 2015 Tour of Utah, captured the 2017 U.S. Pro Time Trial National Championship. The team also includes 2014 Tour of Utah Stage 2 winner Michael Schär and 2013 Tour of Utah Stage 1 winner Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium), who is a two-time Tour de France stage winner, 2016 Olympic Road Race Champion and winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2017.
Mitchelton - Scott
- Website: http://www.greenedgecycling.com
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- Twitter: @MitcheltonSCOTT
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Australia’s only UCI WorldTeam starts 2018 with a new title sponsor, Mitchelton. This Australian squad makes its second appearance at the Tour of Utah after a five-year hiatus. Last competing as Orica-GreenEDGE, the Mitchelton-Scott team finished the 2017 season ranked seventh overall on the WorldTour rankings. This year’s team has 25 riders representing 12 countries. South African Daryl Impey started the season on a high note for Mitchelton-Scott by winning the overall at the Tour Down Under. Twin brothers from Great Britain, Simon and Adam Yates, are G.C. contenders, Adam finishing ninth overall at the 2017 Tour de France. New to the team is Spanish veteran climber Mikel Nieve, a former Giro d’Italia King of the Mountains, and Italian Matteo Trentin, who won four stages at the 2017 Vuelta a España. Jack Bauer (New Zealand) returns to Utah, having won a stage in 2011 riding for Endura Racing.
EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale
- Website: http://slipstreamsports.com
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- Twitter: @Ride_Argyle
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This is the eighth year that a team owned and operated by Slipstream Sports has competed at the Tour of Utah. Last competing as Cannondale Pro Cycling, the EP Education First-Drapac presented by Cannondale squad returns after a one-year absence in Utah. The U.S.-based squad captured 16 victories in 2017, three of them at WorldTour events, and finished 10th overall in the WorldTour standings. This season's roster has 25 riders representing 13 countries. Among the six Americans on the team are Tour of Utah alumni Joe Dombrowski and Logan Owen. Dombrowski won Stage 6 and the overall title at the 2015 Tour of Utah. Owen, who joins the team from Axeon Hagens Berman, was third on Stage 4 last year and won Stage 3 at the 2015 Tour of Utah. The team also features Canadian Michael Woods, returning for a third season. Woods won Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour of Utah (Optum Pro Cycling) and finished the week with second on G.C.
Trek - Segafredo
- Website: http://treksegafredo.com
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- Twitter: @TrekSegafredo
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This U.S.-based WorldTour squad returns for a fourth appearance in Utah, last competing in 2016 as Trek Factory Racing. The team finished the 2017 campaign ranked fifth in WorldTour standings, with a total of 20 victories. This year, Trek-Segafredo has 28 riders from 14 countries. The team is led by Dutch all-rounder Bauke Mollema, who won the 2015 Tour of Alberta. In 2017 he won a stage of the Tour de France and finished seventh overall in the Giro d’Italia. New signings include Ryan Mullen, the Irish Road and Time Trial National Champion and former Giro d’Italia leader and stage winner Gianluca Brambilla of Italy. The team features three Americans, all with honors from previous appearances in Utah - Greg Daniel, Kiel Reijnen, and Peter Stetina. Both Daniel and Reijnen have secured individual honors at the Tour of Utah. Daniel took the King of the Mountain honors in 2015. Reijnen has won stages in Utah in 2015 and 2016, as well as the Sprint crown in 2016. Stetina was part of the Garmin-Sharp Team Time Trial stage win in 2012.
Team Lotto Jumbo NL
This WorldTour team, which finished 16th in 2017 team standings, got its start on the pro circuit in 1984 and in the past two decades raced under the familiar names of Rabobank, Belkin and Lotto-Jumbo. The Dutch-based team first raced in the Tour of Utah in 2012 as Rabobank and made its last appearance in 2014 as Belkin Pro Cycling. Team LottoNL-Jumbo scored 26 wins in 2017, 10 of them at UCI WorldTour level. Highlights in 2017 included Tour de France stage wins by Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen and Slovenian Primož Roglič, and New Zealander George Bennett’s G.C. victory in the Amgen Tour of California. The team has 26 riders representing eight countries, with 15 riders from The Netherlands. New signings for Team LottoNL-Jumbo are Danny Van Poppel, an up-and-coming Dutch sprinter, and two young American stars, Neilson Powless and Sepp Kuss. It is the first year both Americans will ride for a WorldTour team. The 21-year-old Powless was recognized as the Best Young Rider in last year's Tour of Utah. In 2017 he also won the U.S. U23 Road Race National Championship, and finished second in the U.S. Pro Road Race championship. Kuss finished second last year on the mountain-top finish of Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah. He also finished second on G.C. at the Tour of Alberta.
Pro Continental Teams
Nippo Vini Fantini
- Website: http://nippovinifantini.com
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- Twitter: @NIPPO_Fantini
- Instagram: @nippo_vinifantini
This Italian-based Pro Continental team returns to Utah for a third consecutive year. Founded in 2009, the team moved to the UCI Pro Continental level in 2015. Last year, it finished 13th overall on the UCI Europe Tour team rankings. The team starts its 2018 program with 20 riders representing Italy, Japan, Romania and Spain. Europa Ovini, which supported a Continental team previously, becomes the third sponsor and will help support U23 riders with the new structure. The team looks to develop talent from Japan in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Veteran Damiano Cunego of Italy, an 11-time veteran of the Giro d’Italia, will retire this summer. Riding for a second year on the team is 29-year-old Italian Marco Canola, who won Stage 7 of last year's Tour of Utah and was second in the Sprint classification. He also won the Sprint classification at the 2017 Tour of Japan.
Israel Cycling Academy
- Website: http://israelcyclingacademy.com
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This is the first professional cycling team from Israel and makes its second consecutive appearance at the Tour of Utah. Entering its fourth season, the Pro Continental team accepted one of four wildcard invitations in January to compete in the 2018 Giro d’Italia, its first Grand Tour event. This year the team has an expanded roster of 24 riders representing 15 countries. Among the five riders from Israel, Roy Goldstein is the reigning road race national champion. Tyler Williams is the only American on the team. The 23-year-old Californian who rode previously for Axeon Hagens Berman, finished second at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs. Also 23 years of age, Krists Neilands had a stage win last year at Tour of Azerbaijan and won the Latvian national road race championship. The team features several riders with Grand Tour wins, Kristian Sbaragli (Italy) with a stage win at 2015 Vuelta a España, and Ruben Plaza (Spain) with a stage win at 2015 Tour de France.
Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
- Website: http://hincapieracing.com
- Facebook: hincapieracing
- Twitter: @TeamHincapie
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For 2018, Holowesko-Citadel welcomes new sponsor Arapahoe Resources and moves to UCI Pro Continental status. This is the sixth year the Holowesko l Citadel team will return to the Tour of Utah, racing previously as the Hincapie Racing Team. The Greenville, S.C.-based squad carries 16 riders on the roster representing eight countries. The team had overall wins at three stage races in 2017, including the Redlands Bicycle Classic by Utahn TJ Eisenhart. The 23-year-old climber from Lehi, Utah finished in the Top 12 of the G.C. at the Tour of Utah the past two years. His teammate John Murphy (USA) scored a Stage 4 win last year in Utah. Half of the team is new this season, including Colombians Brayan Sanchez and Bryan Gomez, and Fabian Lienhard of Switzerland, who won a stage at the 2018 Tour de Normandie.
Hagens Berman Axeon
The U23 development squad was founded in 2009 and upgraded to UCI Pro Continental status for this season. It has raced at the Tour of Utah nine times, having operated under several names (Trek-Livestrong, Bontrager and Bissell Development Team). Hagens Berman Axeon prides itself in graduating riders to the WorldTour, and from last year’s team four did just that - - Chris Lawless to Team Sky, Jhonnatan Narvaez to Quick-Step, Logan Owen to EF Education First-Drapac, and Neilson Powless to LottoNL-Jumbo. The team has a 16-rider roster for 2018, representing six countries. Among the seven new riders are several national champions, including American Cole Davis (2017 U.S. Junior Road Race champion), João Almeida (2016 Portuguese TT and RR national champion), and American Thomas Revard (2017 U.S. U23 Crit champion). Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark is the reigning U23 Time Trial World Champion. Returning to the team is American Christopher Blevins, who won the 2018 U.S. U23 Cyclocross national title and won a stage at the 2018 Joe Martin Stage Race.
- Website: http://rallycycling.com
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- Twitter: @rally_cycling
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Rally Cycling is a UCI Pro Continental team that finished as the top squad in the overall Pro Road Tour standings last season. This is the 10th year Rally Cycling returns to the Tour of Utah, having raced in the early years as Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. The U.S. squad had overall victories at five North American stage races last year, including the Tour of Utah title by Rob Britton of Canada, and the Tour of the Gila overall win by Evan Huffman (USA). This year the Rally Cycling squad features 16 riders from Canada and the U.S. New additions include Americans Robin Carpenter, who won Stage 2 at the 2016 Tour of Utah, and Ty Magner, who won Stage 1 of last year’s Tour of Utah. Carpenter won the G.C. at two stage races in 2017, the Joe Martin Stage Race and the Cascade Cycling Classic. While riding for Silber Pro Cycling, Canadian Nigel Ellsay finished in the Top 15 of the G.C in Utah last season. Other past stage winners of the Tour of Utah on the team are Eric Young (2014, ’15) and Jesse Anthony (2011).
UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
- Website: http://uhcprocycling.com
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The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team has participated in every edition of the Tour of Utah since 2006. As UnitedHealthcare enters its 10th season as the title sponsor, the UHC squad begins the 2018 campaign with a well-rounded 16-man squad representing seven countries. Last year’s squad finished second in the Pro Road Tour team standings. Returning is all-rounder Gavin Mannion (USA), who finished second overall in the Tour of Utah and captured the individual title in the PRT. He is joined by Park City-native Tanner Putt, Colombian climber Janier Acevedo, who won a Utah stage in 2011 and finished third on G.C. in 2014, and two-time Tour of Utah stage winner Travis McCabe, who is the reigning U.S. Pro Criterium national champion. Three new riders have been added - Eric Marcotte (USA), Serghei Tvetcov (Romania), and Hugo Velazquez (Argentina). Tvetcov finished third overall at last year’s Tour of Utah, then followed that with a second on G.C. at the Colorado Classic. Marcotte is a former U.S. road and criterium national champion, while Velazquez is a track specialist and 2017 Pan-American champion in the scratch race.
Silber Pro Cycling
- Website: http://silberprocycling.com
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- Twitter: @SilberProTeam
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Silber Pro Cycling enters in its fifth year as a UCI Continental team and makes its third consecutive trip to Utah. The Canadian-based team finished the 2017 season with 29 victories and 58 total podiums. Among the 13 riders on the team, 12 represent Canada and Stephen Bassett is the lone American. The 22-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn. was fifth overall at the 2015 Joe Martin Stage Race. He is recovering from off-season surgery and should be back racing in June. The team touts six Canadian national champions. Two of these riders are new riders, Charles-Étienne Chrétien, the Junior Road champion, and Graydon Staples, the Junior ITT champion. Returning to the team this year are Marc-Antoine Soucy, the U23 road champion; Adam Roberge, the U23 ITT titleist; Pier-André Côté, the Elite Criterium winner; and veteran Ryan Roth, who is the 2017 Canadian ITT national champion. Roth has been with the team all five years.
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
- Website: http://jellybellycycling.com
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- Twitter: @jellybellyteam
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This California-based UCI Continental team returns to the Tour of Utah for a sixth consecutive year. Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Maxxis returns the Jelly Belly Candy Company for a 19th consecutive season, making it the longest-running title sponsorship for a professional bicycle racing team in the U.S. Its roster consists of 11 riders, representing all three countries in North America. Americans Taylor Shelden and Jacob Rathe will lead the team after impressive 2017 seasons. Rathe won the King of the Mountains classification title at last year’s Tour of Utah, while Shelden won the sprint classfication at the Cascade Cycling Classic. Strong additions to the roster for 2018 include Americans Steve Fisher and Curtis White. Fisher won the overall at the 2017 Grand Prox Cycliste de Saguenay. White arrives straight from a breakout cyclocross season, finishing fourth in the ProCX men’s standings.
Aevolo Pro Cycling
- Website: http://www.aevolocycling.org
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- Twitter: @Aevolo_Cycling
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In its second year as a UCI Continental team, Aevolo Pro Cycling makes its first appearance at the Tour of Utah with a roster of 12 riders, all under the age of 23. These athletes represent Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The team is directed by Michael Creed, a former pro who directed Team SmartStop with appearances in Utah 2014 and 2015. Top results in 2017 for Aevolo included a stage win at Redlands Bicycle Classic and a second-place finish in the U.S. U23 Road Race national championships by Gage Hecht. A best young rider classification at Cascade Cycling Classic was won by Luis Villalobos of Mexico. In addition, Canadian Jack Burke led the team with a fourth-place G.C. finish at the Tour de Beauce, and sixth at the Tour of Alberta. Three riders hold current national champion jerseys - Fernando Islas is a Mexican national junior champion in both the time trial and road race, Kenny Boots owns a U.S. national junior road title (15-16 category) and Denzel Stephenson has a U.S. junior cyclocross national title.
Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling Team
- Website: http://elevate-khsprocycling.com
- Facebook: elevatekhscycling
- Twitter: @ElevateKHSPro
- Instagram: elevatekhsprocycling
Last year was the debut season for Elevate KHS Pro Cycling on the UCI Continental level, with seven race victories earned by 20-year-old José Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico. He also had a podium finish (second) at Stage 4 of the Tour of Utah. His teammate, James Piccoli of Canada, had a podium finish (third) on Stage 2 and was 10th overall last year in Utah. These two riders return to Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling, which features 11 riders representing four countries. A new signing for 2018 includes U.S. Collegiate (Div. I) Time Trial champion George Simpson, who won the 2017 title for Colorado State University. Canadian Jordan Cheyne joins the squad after spending the past two years with Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, finishing third overall at the 2017 Tour de Beauce. This is the second year for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling to race in Utah.
- Website: http://www.303project.com
- Facebook: the303project
- Twitter: @the_303_project
- Instagram: the303project
After racing its debut season as a USA Cycling Domestic Elite team in 2017, 303 Project jumps to UCI Continental status for 2018. It is also their inaugural visit to the Tour of Utah. The roster has 17 riders representing five countries, after supporting a 13-rider squad last year. Two featured athletes are from Mexico, Tony Baca and Flavio de Luna. Last year, Baca won the King of the Mountain jersey at North Star Grand Prix and was fourth in the KOM classification at Cascade Cycling Classic. Racing previously at the Tour of Utah for Team SmartStop, De Luna finished 19th on G.C. in 2015. American Austin Stephens who won the G.C. at the 2017 Green Mountain Stage Race.
- Website: http://mobiusbridgelane.com.au
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- Twitter: @mobiusBridgeLn
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Making its inaugural appearance at the Tour of Utah is mobius BridgeLane, based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.The 11-rider team was founded in 2014 as Future Racing, and is a first-year UCI Continental team, focusing on developing young athletes in the Oceania region. All of its riders are from either Australia or New Zealand. The team raced in the U.S. earlier this year at the Tour of the Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race. U23 Aussie Angus Lyons captured the Best Young rider classificaiton at Joe Martin in Arkansas. He also took a sixth place overall finish and fourth in U23, at the Oceania Championships road race this year. Alex Evans, also a U23 rider, to a second place finish on the Queen Stage at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, a UCI 2.1 stage race in Australia, and finished third on Stage 1 at Tour of the Gila. Twenty-six-year-old Brad Evans of New Zealand was third overall in the KOM classification at the Herald Sun Tour.