Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com 2016 Tour of Utah, stage 4: Moto fleet Photographers and their motor pilots awaited the start in Lehi. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com 2016 Tour of Utah, stage 4: Early break The early break was able to stay in front until being caught on the finishing circuits, in spite of a strong headwind all day. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com 2016 Tour of Utah, stage 4: Echelon The headwind forced the peloton into a long echelon, but never split the group. Photo: Casey B. try these outGibson | www.cbgphoto.com 2016 Tour of Utah, stage 4: Fans Local boy TJ Eisenhart had plenty of fans along the route. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com 2016 Tour of Utah, stage 4: Bottle hand-off A solid bottle hand-off launched a Jelly Belly rider back into the peloton.
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Van Avermaet threw his arms in the air and let out a roar when he crossed the line, blowing a kiss to the sky after the biggest victory of his career. Fuglsang followed him to take silver and Majka appeared content with bronze. His victory came after Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali , one of the prerace favorites, and Colombian counterpart Sergio Henao crashed while trying to navigate a corner on the final harrowing descent of the 6-hour race. The riders were going so fast that TV cameras on motorbikes couldn’t keep up, so it was unclear what caused them to crash. Both were still on the pavement when the cameras reached them – just in time to see Majka slicing through the shadows and riding away. Known more for his climbing chops, Majka was eventually reeled in as the race neared the finish, where a sun-splashed crowd that had spent the day on the beach gathered to welcome them. Recommended SiteIt was unclear whether Nibali was seriously injured, though he will no doubt reflect painfully on his squandered chance. The hard nature of the course offered a rare opportunity for the Giro d’Italia winner and former Tour de France champion to compete for gold. The long course was tightly guarded by police, no small challenge in a host country that has been dealing with spikes in crime.
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