Michael Matthews gets stage win in Utah

Michael Matthews gets stage win in Utah

Michael Matthews gets stage win in Utah

Michael Matthews of Orica-Greenedge proved the fastest of the fastmen on day two of the Tour of Utah, outsprinting Greg van Avermaet to the line and claiming the win for the Australian team.

A great day for the breakaway riders to fight for KOM points on the four categorized climbs, Panguitch to Torrey saw two riders make the break du jour.  Michael Hepburn (OGE) and Martin Wesemann (MTN) pushed an advantage out to the eight-minute mark over the course of the 131-mile stage.  They stayed out there until 45km to go, at which point the peloton geared up to approach the category one climb to the stage’s highest point.

Andzs Flaksis (BLM) launched an attack over the final KOM, collecting ten points in the process, and rode off the front until just inside the final five kilometers, at which point UnitedHealthcare and the blue train pulled the solo rider in.  A flurry of attacks followed, and the rider to make a successful bid for escape was time trial specialist David Zabriskie (GRS).  He couldn’t hold onto a 5 second advantage, and the pack came together for a sprint in the final kilometer.  Orica-Greenedge, after putting a man in the all-day breakaway, still managed to deliver their fast twitch specialist, Matthews, to the line first.