I was able to watch Stage 5 (out of 7) of the 2015 Tour of Utah, and captured the following pictures:
Frank Schleck of Tour de France fame (red mark on helmet) and his Trek teammates on a warm-up ride before the start of the race.
The start, from behind the State Capitol building, and then turning onto Gravity Hill, heading north up City Creek and around Memory Grove.
The breakaway maintains its lead on the second lap, as they head into the city center on
South Temple Street.
The peloton keeps the escapees close as they race up
South Temple in hot pursuit.
In a flash, they have raced past my position as they near the next turn (
Street). Notice the in the background. Beneficial Office
The gargoyles on the Cathedral of the Madeleine have the "best seat in the house."
As they approach the end of each lap, they must climb the insanely steep streets of the "Marmalade District." Did you recognize Frank Schleck again (left)?
The finish line is the green banner across the street in the distance, at the top of 500 North. At this point, the riders were about to finish the 5th of 7 laps.
The following day (Stage 6), Michael Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) won the "Queen Stage" at the summit of Snowbird, and took over the Yellow Jersey, which he defended successfully in the final Stage 7 to Park City on Sunday.
Other notable cyclists in this year's Tour of Utah included Tayler Phinney, a crowd favorite because of his come back from serious injuries, and a veteran of the grand tours in Spain and Italy.
Janez Brajkovic TDF veteran climber (no photo available), and Matt Goss (MTN Qhubeka, No. 48), a veteran TDF sprinter and Green Jersey rival of Peter Sagan's:
Alex Howes (Cannondale Garmin), former World record holder for the one-hour speed record:
And finally, Chris Horner (Airgas Safeway No. 141), the patriarch of American Tour de France cyclists still competing.