The latest Tour of Utah, Race of America on stage took place in 2019, as the pandemic halted plans for the past two years.
The race is held every year from 2010, when it saw its first edition, to 2019 with the pandemic canceling the next two years. A lack of support from sponsors wiped it out for 2022. The race grounds boasted a combination of high mountains, steep climbs, time trials and a sprint finish, making it a very interesting event, with some unexpected stage winners.
Discussions with sponsors
In a statement, Medalist Sports, LLC owner and president Chris Aronhalt said: “Ongoing discussions between the sponsor and the host community have been positive. However, it is not strong enough to make an effort to meet our collective expectations. Although disappointed, Medalist Sports is grateful for the opportunity and is interested in the legacy of the Tour of Utah.”.
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There were eight race winners over 10 consecutive years of racing, with American sprinters Levi Leifheimer and Tom Danielson the most successful with two wins. The race also saw a major debut for Sepp Kuss, who dominated in 2018. It also remains the only race Lachlan Morton has won in his career, winning four stages and an all-around title. The last rider to win the title was Belgian Ben Hermans, who beat James Piccoli in a major battle for GH. Piccoli was so impressive that he was signed by the Israeli Hermans Start-Up Nation for the next season. Utah isn’t the first race in the US to disappear, with the Tour of California halted in 2019, before the pandemic, as well as the US Pro Challenge and the Tour of Colorado, all in decline. It’s uncertain if the Tour of Utah will ever return. He is in a similar position to another race across the Atlantic in Yorkshire, where the Tour de Yorkshire ended for very similar reasons in 2022 after a two-year absence due to Covid-19. It remains to be seen if both will return.
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