Tour of Utah Begins at State Capitol Tuesday

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The 2010 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, presented by Zions Bank, is set to begin Tuesday, August 17th at 6 p.m. It will take professional cyclists from around the world through the toughest and most scenic race routes in the United States. In a Prologue and five stages held throughout central and northern Utah, cycling teams will compete for the leader jersey in the race dubbed "America's Toughest Stage Race."

Utah native and 2008 champion Jeff Louder says the race is gaining respect in the United States and around the globe.

"In America it's really well known and well respected." said Louder. "Internationally it's growing. This year we will see some big names and some guys who are showing interest in the race who haven't previously."

Tour of Utah President Steve Miller is also a big cycling fan and has gained a great deal of respect for these cylclists after watching them compete.

"To see what these guys do, how hard they train, how difficult it is to race at the speeds they race at and the intensity, it's just amazing to see what they do." Miller said. "They are true professionals."

The Tour of Utah draws talented and high-profile cyclists to Utah and further strengthens Utah's reputable cycling conditions and community. The Prologue and Stages will highlight the best of cycling in Utah and the international significance of the sport. Here is a breakdown:

Prologue, presented by the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau - A short and exciting individual time trial that determines which rider wears the leader jersey for Stage One.

Stage One, presented by University of Utah Health Care - Starting at Ogden's Union Station and finishing at Research Park, the 85.2-mile road race takes the racers through Ogden Canyon south to Salt Lake City.

Stage Two, presented by XanGo - The second road race of the week is a new route this year that goes from Thanksgiving Point to a mountaintop finish at Mt. Nebo. It is a mostly flat course with a grueling 20-mile climb to the finish.

Stage Three, presented by teamgive - An individual 10-mile time trial at Miller Motorsports Park, a world-class race track in Tooele, Utah.

Stage Four, presented by Heiden Davidson Orthopedics - A 90-minute criterium in downtown Park City that takes speeding competitors uphill and around a many-cornered, one-mile track that uses the entire Main Street.

Stage Five, presented by Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort - The "Queen Stage," with mountaintop finish and four climbs, is a road race with 96 mountainous miles that ends at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.

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