Horner, Danielson 1, 2 in Utah
LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — Chris Horner, of Bend, Ore., won the fifth stage of the Tour of Utah on Saturday to take the overall lead into the final day, passing fellow American Tommy Danielson, of Boulder, in the final 200 yards.
The 42-year-old Horner, riding for RadioShack Leopard Trek, finished the 113.7-mile stage that ended at Snowbird Ski Resort in 4 hours, 52 minutes, 45 seconds.
Danielson, riding for Garmin-Sharp, was a bike length behind.
Horner and Danielson moved up into a tie in the overall general classification standings, but Horner is listed first because of his stage victory.
Danielson won last year’s stage of the USA Pro Challenge that ended in Aspen, using a solo break over Cottonwood and Independence passes.
Belgium’s Yannick Eijssen, riding for BMC racing, was third — 31 seconds behind Horner. Eijssen led for much of the race until Horner and Danielson overtook him on the climb to Snowbird.
Danielson seemed to be in good position to win after taking the lead on the final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Horner stayed glued to Danielson’s rear wheel and waited until the end to pass.
American Lucas Euser, riding for UnitedHealthCare, remained third —33 seconds back. American Matthew Busche was fourth, and New Zealand’s George Bennett fifth — both 37 seconds behind.
The 78.2-mile final stage today starts and ends in Park City.
Danielson, Horner and a host of riders from the Tour of Utah will head to Aspen next for the start of the USA Pro Challenge on Monday, Aug. 19, with the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race.