A roster of 16 professional cycling teams have been confirmed to participate in this year’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
The field will include 6 UCI Pro Teams, along with 3 UCI Pro Continental Teams and 7 U.S.-based Continental teams. In total, this year’s event will be represented by 5 different countries.
This year’s new team entries will include Australia’s Pro Continetal team, Drapac Professional Cycling, along with 3 U.S.-based Continental squads, Bissell Development Team, Jamis-Hagens Berman, and Team SmartStop.
“The 2014 Tour of Utah features an outstanding field of teams with international star power and strong domestic riders,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties which organizes the Tour of Utah in a release. “Spectators should be very excited to witness the tremendous talent of these riders as they compete for seven days over the byways and mountaintops of Utah.”
Unfortunately, after announcing their participation earlier this spring, the Australian powerhouse team, Orica-GreenEdge, was force to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“The entire organization of Orica-GreenEdge is extremely disappointed that we will not be able to return to the Tour of Utah this summer. We had great success at the 2013 Tour of Utah and found it to be one of the best-run UCI events of the year,” said Shayne Bannan of Orica-GreenEdge, which won two stages at the Tour of Utah in 2013. “It is an honor for our athletes to be part of the Commonwealth Games and represent Australia every four years. We do look forward to being part of the Tour of Utah in 2015.”
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was elevated in 2011 by the UCI (Union Cycliste International), cycilng’s global governing body, to a 2.1-rated stage race. Sanctioned by both USA Cycling and the UCI, the Tour of Utah continues as one of the top four UCI America Tour events covering a full week of racing in North America this year.
The 16 men’s professional teams competing in the 2014 Tour of Utah are:
WorldTour Belkin-Pro Cycling Team (The Netherlands) BMC Racing Team (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling (Italy) Garmin-Sharp (USA) Lampre-Merida (Italy) Trek Factory Racing (USA)
Pro Continental Drapac Professional Cycling (Australia) Novo Nordisk (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team (USA)
Continental Bissell Development Team (USA) Funvic Brasilinvest-São José dos Campos (Brazil) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home (USA) Jelly Belly presented by MAXXIS (USA) Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) SmartStop (USA)
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