photo credits @ Tour of Utah/Twitter
Jure Kocjan emerged victorious ahead of Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing Team) in a photo-finish in stage 2 of this year’s Tour of Utah in downtown Ogden today.
The 30-year-old Slovenian Team SmartStop rider, known for his excellent sprinting capabilities, proved it during the final mile of today’s 100-mile stage, as he out-paced the head of peloton during the final three circuit laps.
Indeed, with the finish line in sight, Kocjan accelerated his way through a pack of six riders, before holding off Carpenter and third-place Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team).
Meanwhile, opening stage winner, Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling), just missed out on a podium finish in 4th place. But, he still managed to hold onto the overall race lead – heading into tomorrow’s stage 3.
Stage 2 Results
SLO 1 KOCJAN, Jure (TEAM SMARTSTOP) 3:37:27
USA 2 CARPENTER, Robin (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM)
USA 3 BOOKWALTER, Brent (BMC RACING)
USA 4 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
COL 5 AVILA VANEGAS, Edwin Alcibiades (COLOMBIA)
USA 6 OWEN, Logan (AXEON CYCLING TEAM)
USA 7 HOWES, Alex (TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
NZL 8 SMITH, Dion (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM)
USA 9 MANNION, Gavin (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS)
RSA 10 THOMSON, Jay Robert (MTN – QHUBEKA)
USA 11 MCCABE, Travis (TEAM SMARTSTOP)
ERI 12 BERHANE, Natnael (MTN – QHUBEKA)
SUI 13 SCHÄR, Michael (BMC RACING)
ITA 14 BARBIN, Enrico (BARDIANI CSF)
POR 15 GUERREIRO, Ruben (AXEON CYCLING TEAM)
GER 16 ZEPUNTKE, Ruben (TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
USA 17 HORNER, Christopher (AIRGAS-SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM)
AUS 18 NORRIS, Lachlan (DRAPAC)
CAN 19 WOODS, Michael (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES)
USA 20 KING, Benjamin (TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
General Classification after Stage 2
USA 1 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) 0
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