Schar holds on to win stage 2 at Tour of Utah

Tuesday , August 05, 2014 - 4:27 PM

The Associated Press

TORREY — Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team survived a six-man breakaway over Boulder Mountain and then time-trialed to victory Tuesday in the second stage of the Tour of Utah.

Schar was part of the lead group for the entirety of the 131-mile stage, the longest of this year’s race. After cresting the final climb, the reigning Swiss road race champion managed to hold off the peloton by 2 seconds — roughly 20 feet — at the finish line.

Schar then collapsed in a joyful heap on the pavement under the town’s famous cottonwoods.

SmartStop’s Jure Kocjan finished second for the second straight day, winning a field sprint for the podium. Serghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly finished third.

The third stage Wednesday takes riders 118 miles before finishing in Tooele, Utah.

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