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Tour of Utah: Stage 1 Logan

After perfect conditions all weekend, this morning we woke up to rain to kick off Tour of Utah Stage 1. The men left town in a drizzle at 9:15a and returned this afternoon drenched. The women stayed huddled in their team cars until sign-in at 10a. As they lined up at 10:45, it was getting worse and continued to downpour the entire race from 11a to 12:15p. They call it America's Toughest Stage Race for a reason and women cyclists are some of the toughest athletes you'll ever meet. 

The women were aggressive from the start. The field quickly strung out and a few different riders took turns pushing the pace. Thirty minutes in, Twenty16 rider Allie Dragoo took off and stayed away, crossing the finish line 49sec ahead of Gretchen Stumhofer. Linda Villumson beat out the rest of the chasing group for 3rd. Allie and Team Twenty16 pb Sho-Air also lead the Omnium and are in the yellow jersey going into Stage 2 tomorrow in Ogden. 

Full race report by Steven Sheffield at Cycling Utah
Full race report by Jen See at Bicycling
Full results here and also on livelynxresults.com
Allie Dragoo interview with Cycling Utah
Tour Tracker Stage Replay - women's race coverage starts at 1:49:00
Twitter #TOUWE 

I had a great day, doing whatever was needed to help make sure the Women's Edition was a success. Race Director Alex Kim, One2Go timing, and the officials are also a tough bunch and fun to work with. We are all very passionate about women's cycling and it shows. I was also able to work alongside the best announcers in the business, Dave Towle and Brad Sohner, while live tweeting the sign-in, primes, race updates, and behind the scenes activity. Huge thanks to Tour of Utah and Tour Tracker for showing live coverage of the women's race. Let's do it again tomorrow, sans rain.


Ended Sunday seeing Chalk on the Climb - Started Monday seeing Chalk on a Downtown Building. Great job Logan!
Women's Sign-In Stage 1 Ready to Go
Team Twenty16 pb Sho-Air is young, fearless, and in YELLOW
Umbrellas at the start for BMW pb Happy Tooth - nice touch Jono

Dave and Brad
Official and Crowd ready for Allie Dragoo to cross finish line for final time
Racers thanking Alex for a great course and race
The podium bikes waiting outside the green room
Allie Dragoo
Solo Win, Podium Interviews, Green Room Interviews, Fan Autographs

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