2016 Tour of Utah route announced

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SALT LAKE CITY — The host cities and route start and end points for the 2016 Tour of Utah bicycle race was announced Thursday in downtown Salt Lake City. The race, scheduled to take place from Aug. 1-7, is promoted as "America's Toughest Stage Race."

Jenn Andrs, the executive director of the Tour of Utah, announced the seven stages at the Gateway Megaplex Theaters on Thursday morning, with the help of officials from the Utah Office of Tourism, Utah Sports Commission, and professional cyclists who make their home in Utah.

The race will begin in southern Utah at the Zion Canyon village on Monday, Aug. 1. The final stage, on Aug. 7, will see the riders finish in the mountainous terrain of Park City.

Here is the full list of stages and cities for the seven days of racing:

2016 Tour of Utah route announced

Notably, no stage has a start or end point in Salt Lake City proper, though the possibility remains the race's daily routes may take riders through the state's capital.

The exact route for the stages will be announced later, in 2016, along with the teams and racers involved.

The 2015 edition of the Tour of Utah featured 125 athletes racing 712 miles and climbing 51,442 feet of altitude over the week-long event. American Joe Dombrowski of Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling won the overall race.

Contributing: Keith McCord

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