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. 12 - 18, 2019.
World Pro Teams
EF Education First Pro Cycling
- Website: https://www.efprocycling.com/
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- Twitter: @EFprocycling
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This is the ninth year that a team owned and operated by Slipstream Sports has competed at the Tour of Utah. It is the second year for EF Education First as the title sponsor of the team. The U.S.-based squad has 27 riders representing 11 countries on its 2019 roster. In January, the team scored two stage victories at the Herald Sun Tour.
All eight Americans on the team are Tour of Utah alumni. Joe Dombrowski won Stage 6 and the overall title at the 2015 Tour of Utah. Three teammates, Logan Owen, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen, are past stage winners in Utah. Owen won a stage in 2015 that ended in Bountiful, while van Garderen won the Individual Time Trial stage in 2011. When he was a trainee with the RadioShack team, Phinney won the Individual Time Trial stage and the Prologue at the 2010 Tour of Utah. The team also features Canadian Michael Woods and Australian Lachlan Morton. Woods won Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour of Utah (Optum Pro Cycling) and finished the week second overall on G.C. Morton, who rejoins the EF Pro Cycling family this season, won two stages and the G.C. title at the 2016 Tour of Utah (Jelly Belly Cycling).
Trek - Segafredo
- Website: https://racing.trekbikes.com/trek-segafredo
- Facebook: TrekFactoryRacing
- Twitter: @TrekSegafredo
- Instagram: @treksegafredo
The U.S.-registered WorldTour team competes around the world from January through October with over 250 race days each season. The team returns for a fifth appearance in Utah. This year, Trek-Segafredo has 25 riders from 16 countries. Nineteen of these riders return from the 2018 squad, including two Americans, Kiel Reijnen and Peter Stetina, who both have taken honors from previous appearances in Utah. Reijnen has won stages in Utah in 2015 and 2016, as well as the Sprint crown in 2016. Stetina finished 10th overall on G.C. at last year’s Tour of Utah, including a third-place finish on the Snowbird Resort Queen Stage. One of the significant new signings is G.C.-specialist Richie Porte, who most recently rode with BMC Racing Team. The Australian won the overall title of the 2018 Tour de Suisse and the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under.
Pro Continental Teams
- Website: http://nippovinifantini.com
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- Twitter: @NIPPO_Fantini
- Instagram: @nippovinifantini
This Italian-based Pro Continental team returns to Utah for a fourth consecutive year. Founded in 20013, the team moved to the UCI Pro Continental level in 2015, and this year has added Faizanè as a third title sponsor. Last year, the team finished in the Top 10 on the UCI Europe Tour and UCI Asia Tour rankings.
The team starts its 2019 program with 17 riders representing four nations. The team looks to develop talent from Japan in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Riding for a third year on the team is 29-year-old Italian Marco Canola, who won Stage 7 of the 2017 Tour of Utah and was second in the Sprint classification. Last year, 25-year-old Italian Damiano Cima had stage wins at the Tour of Xingtai and the Tour of China, and captured the G.C. title at the Tour of Xingtai. New to the team is 22-year-old Italian Giovanni Lonardi, who won the last stage of the 2019 Tour de Taiwan in March. He had three podiums at this year’s Tour of Antalya in Turkey in February, and was second on G.C. at this UCI stage race.
Israel Cycling Academy
- Website: http://israelcyclingacademy.com
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- Twitter: @yallaACADEMY
- Instagram: @IsraelCyclingAcademy
This is the first professional cycling team from Israel and makes its third consecutive appearance at the Tour of Utah. Entering its fourth season as a Pro Continental squad, Israel Cycling Academy had a breakthrough season by participating in its first Grand Tour event in 2018 at the Giro d’Italia. The three-week event started in Jerusalem.
In 2019, the team will return to the Giro. ICA features 30 riders representing 18 countries. Among the five riders from Israel, Roy Goldstein is the two-time road race national champion (2017, 2018). Among other road race national champions include Irishman Conor Dunne (2018), Latvian Krists Neilands (2017), Colombian Edwin Avila (2016), and Canadian Guillaume Boivin (2015, 2009). Belgian and Grand Tour veteran Ben Hermans returns to the team for second year. He finished second overall on G.C. at last year’s Tour of Utah. The team features several other riders with Grand Tour experience, including 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. Austrian Matthias Brandle comes to the team after two seasons with Trek-Segafredo. He is a three-time trial national champion and once held the World Hour Record for track cycling in 2014.
Hagens Berman Axeon
This U23 development squad was founded in 2009 and enters its second season racing as a UCI Pro Continental team. It has raced at the Tour of Utah 10 times, having operated under several other names (Trek-Livestrong, Bontrager and Bissell Development Team). Hagens Berman Axeon prides itself in graduating riders to the WorldTour, including past Tour of Utah standouts - - 2018 stage winner Jasper Philipsen (now with UAE-Team Emirates), 2017 Best Young Rider Neilson Powless (now with to Team Jumbo-Visma), and 2015 stage winner Logan Owen (now with EF Education First).
The team has a 16-rider roster for 2018, representing seven countries. Jonny Brown, 21 years old, is the reigning U.S. Pro Road National champion. Danish rider Mikkel Bjerg is the reigning U23 Time Trial World champion. At just 20 years of age, he is also the first under-23 athlete to have won the ITT world title twice, in 2017 and 2018. Among the six new riders signed for 2019 is 18-year-old William “Liam” Holowesko. A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Holowesko is a two-time U.S. Junior Time Trial National champion. Returning as a Sports Director for the team is Jeff Louder, who won the G.C. title at the 2010 Tour of Utah.
Rally UHC Cycling
- Website: http://rallyuhccycling.com
- Facebook: rallyUHCcycling
- Twitter: @rallyUHCcycling
- Instagram: @rallyuhccycling
This is the 11th year a team managed by Circuit Sport will compete in Utah, having raced most recently as Rally Pro Cycling. This season UnitedHealthcare has joined as the co-title partner. The newly-named Rally UHC Cycling squad will continue to operate on the UCI Pro Continental level with 16 riders representing Canada and the U.S.
Among the Canadian riders returning from the 2018 Rally squad are Adam de Vos, who captured a stage win at Malaysia’s Tour of Langkawi, and Rob Britton, who won the G.C. title of the 2017 Tour of Utah. Returning Americans include Robin Carpenter and Ty Magner, who both won stages at the Tour of Utah, 2016 and 2017 respectively. The 2019 men’s roster has added American Gavin Mannion, who won USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour title for men last year and was second on G.C. at the 2017 Tour of Utah. Another notable signing is 41-year-old Svein Tuft, who is the reigning and 11-time Cana-dian Time Trial National champion.
Manzana Postobon team
- Website: http://manzanapostobonteam.com/
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- Twitter: @TeamManzana
- Instagram: @manzanapostobonteam
This all-Colombian UCI Pro Continental team has a roster of 16 riders, with eight being new to the team in 2019. It is the fourth year racing with UCI Pro Continental level, last year ranked No. 10 in the UCI America Tour ranking. Manzana Postobon will make an inaugural appearance at the Tour of Utah. In 2017, the team received a wild card entry to the Vuelta a España, its first Grand Tour.
Among the new faces on the team this season are Bryan Gómez, a transfer from the Holowesko-Citadel team, and Daniel Jaramillo, who rode with UnitedHealthcare the past three years. Gómez won the 2018 Sunny King Criterium and Jaramillo finished last year’s Tour of Utah second in the King of the Mountains classification. Moving from the WorldTour Katusha-Alpecin team is Jhonatan Restrepo. The 23-year-old sprinter won Best Young Rider honors at the 2018 Tour Down Under in Australia.
Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM
- Website: http://www.neriselleitaliaktm.com/en/inicio_en/
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- Twitter: @NeriSelleItalia
- Instagram: @neri_selleitalia_ktm
A UCI Pro Continental team registered based in Italy, the 17-rider roster of the Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM squad is comprised of 14 Italians. Three other riders represent Austria, Colombia, and The Netherlands. The team previously raced under the name of Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia. Leading the charge for the team newcomers are Giovanni Visconti of Italy and Dayer Quintana of Colombia. Visconti has Grand Tour experience with Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team and Movistar, winning two stages at the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Quintana raced five years for Movistar, winning the G.C. at the 2016 Tour de San Luis and a stage at last year’s Colombia Oro y Paz. Another big name is Simone Velasco, who has achieved a great win at Trofeo Laigueglia at the beginning of 2019.
Arapahoe|Hincapie presented by BMC
- Website: http://hincapieracing.com
- Facebook: hincapieracing
- Twitter: @TeamHincapie
- Instagram: @teamhincapie
Arapahoe Resources joined as a sponsor of the Hincapie Racing squad last year and becomes a title sponsor in 2019. BMC Switzerland will also this UCI Continental team, based in South Carolina. This is the seventh year the team will compete at the Tour of Utah. ArapahoelHincapie carries nine riders representing two countries, with five returning to the roster. One of those riders is 24-year-old Brendan Rhim. He won stages last year at Redlands Bicycle Classic and the Joe Martin Stage Race, and took silver at the Sunny King Criterium, all part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. Another 24-year-old returning to the team is Utahn Taylor “TJ” Eisenhart. He won the G.C. title at the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic and was third overall at that year’s Tour of the Gila. At the Tour of Utah, he has finished in the Top 20 of the G.C. three times, including seventh overall in 2016. Another rider from Utah joins the team this year, Tanner Putt. He rode the past four seasons with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, winning stages at the Tour of Morocco (2017) and Tour of Alberta (2016).
Aevolo Pro Cycling
- Website: http://www.aevolocycling.org
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- Twitter: @Aevolo_Cycling
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Now in its third year as a UCI Continental team, Aevolo Cycling makes its second appearance at the Tour of Utah. The team, structured as a 501c3 organization, is exclusively comprised of riders under the age of 23, for a mission to develop elite cyclists and encourage the pursuit of continued education. The team is directed by Michael Creed, a former pro who directed Team SmartStop with appearances in Utah 2014 and 2015.
Eight of the 12-man roster return for the 2019 season. Among the American alumni are Gage Hecht and Alex Hoehn. Hecht doubled dipped for national championship jerseys in 2018 by securing the U23 road titles in Time Trial and Criteirum events. He also won the G.C. title at the Colorado Classic. , whose win at Colorado Classic and national U23 titles in the time trial and criterium prove the Hoehn won the U.S. U23 Road Roace National championship. Also returning is Mexican time trial champion, Luis Villalobos, who will race with Aevolo for the half the season before transferring to EF Education First. Joining Aevolo for the upcoming season are U.S. collegiate track national omnium champion, Cade Bickmore; 2017 and 2018 Tour de L’Abitibi winner, American Riley Sheehan, and Costa Rican climbing phenom, Gabriel Rojas.
- Website: http://www.303project.com
- Facebook: the303project
- Twitter: @303_project
- Instagram: the303project
This will be the second year for the Colorado-based 303 Project to race as a UCI Continental team, and its second appearance in Utah. The roster is brimming with talent from 13 riders representing six countries.
The average age of team members is 26, with American Eric Brunner the youngest at 20 years and one month. On the road, Brunner won the 2018 U.S. Collegiate Road Race National chamionship (Univ. of Colorado-Boulder). Off the pavement, he secured a bronze medal in the 2018 U.S. U23 Cyclocross national championship event. Griffin Easter captured a stage in the Tour de Beauce, and was named the Most Combative Rider during Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah. The lone newcomer is Johann van Zyl of South Africa, who joins 303 project after riding for UCI WorldTeam Dimension Data. Van Zyl has an abundance of experience from European races, including Paris-Nice, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. He last raced the Tour of Utah in 2015 wtih MTN-Qhubeka, when he was third in the King of the Mountains classification.
Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling Team
- Website: http://elevate-khsprocycling.com
- Facebook: elevatekhscycling
- Twitter: @ElevateKHSPro
- Instagram: elevatekhsprocycling
This is the junior season for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling on the UCI Continental level, and third year to race in Utah. The team has 11 riders representing three countries. Last year Elevate-KHS made a splash with 53 victories and finished No. 3 in the UCI America Tour ranking. For 2019, the team returns seven riders, including standouts James Piccoli of Canada, Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico, and Sam Bassetti from the U.S.
Rodriguez captured the overall title last year at Tulsa Tough and landed the team’s first UCI victory at the Joe Martin Stage Race. He had a podium finish (second) at Stage 4 of the 2017 Tour of Utah. Piccoli earned the G.C. title last year at the Tour de Beauce stage race. He was 10th overall at the 2017 Tour of Utah. Bassetti had a breakout season in 2018, with wins at Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Road Race, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tulsa Tough, and San Dimas Stage Race. He took the bronze medal at the 2018 U.S. Pro Criterium national championship. Among new riders on the squad are two with past successes in Utah - American Eric Young and Mexican Ulises Castillo. Young moves from the Rally Cycling team, where he won stages at the Tour of Utah in 2014 and 2015. He also is a two-time U.S. Pro Men’s Criterium national champion (2011, ’13). Castillo is a sprinter from Jelly Belly Pro Cycling, who finished second overall in the Sprint classification at the 2018 Tour of Utah.
- Website: http://teambridgelane.com.au
- Facebook: TeamBridgeLane
- Twitter: @TeamBridgeLane
- Instagram: @TeamBridgeLane
Team BridgeLane is in its first year, following the amalgamation of well-established teams under the names of mobius BridgeLane and Bennelong SwissWellness, run by directors Tom Petty and Andrew Christie-Johnston. Having raced the Tour of Utah last year, Team BridgeLane is set to make a big im-pression for a second year at the race in 2019 with a roster packed with young talent from Australia and New Zealand. The team includes current Australian U23 national champion and Tour de Taiwan stage winner Nick White. Fellow Aussie Chris Harper took a silver medal in the elite national road race this year, followed by a fourth place on G.C. at the Jayco Herald SunTour. Talented climbers Dylan Sunderland and Lionel Mawditt, both from Australia, bring additional firepower to the Australian-based UCI Continental squad.
Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis
- Website: http://wildlifegenerationprocycling.com
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- Twitter: @wgc_pro_cycling
- Instagram: @wildlifegenerationprocycling
This season has a new name and a new focus for a familiar California-based UCI Continental squad. After 19 seasons with title sponsor Jelly Belly, two-time Olympian and six-time U.S. national champion Danny van Haute leads the charge of development team, Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling p/b Maxxis. The nine-rider all-American roster develops pro riders under the age of 25, and with thenew title sponsor looks to teach youth about wildlife conservation and preservation of the earth. Previously racing as Jelly Belly Cycling, the team has raced in Utah six previous years.
One of the youngest riders on the team is 18-year-old Ryan Jastrab. He won two titles last year in the U.S. Juniors Track National (Omnium and points race) and took the silver medal in the U.S. Amateur Road Nationals (17-18 Criterium). Teammate Ryan Kingsolver is an Orem, Utah native. The 22-year-old is a seven-time Utah State Junior Champion in road race, time trial, and hill climb disciplines. Also 22 are Quinten Kirby and Kent Ross. Kirby captured a silver medal in the U23 Criterium champion at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Road Nationals, and also won a stage at last year’s Chico Stage Race. Ross is an all-star from the track, part of the gold-medal Team Pursuit squad at the 2018 Pan Am Championships. He also took silver in the Points Race at the 2018 U.S. Track Nationals.