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SOUTH JORDAN — John Murphy used one final sprint to close out his team’s second stage win Thursday at the Tour of Utah.

The Holowesko Citadel rider used a huge sprint down Redwood Road to edge competitor Jose Alfredo Rodriguez of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling in Thursday’s Stage 4 that sprinted around the Salt Lake Valley.

Murphy, whose Holowesko-Citadel squad also captured Stage 1 Monday in Logan, finished in 4:22:23 in a neck-and-neck finish with Rodriguez. Mikel Raim of Israel Cycling Academy was third.

Robert Britton of Rally Cycling took the yellow jersey as the overall race leader.

Stage 5 will run from Layton to Bountiful on Friday morning, including a pass through Hill Air Force Base from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. MT. The base’s south gate will be reduced to exit only during the race, and the Roy gate will be closed in its entirely.

Stage 4 top riders

1. John Murphy (Holowesko Citadel) — 4:22:23

2. Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (Elevate-KHS) — 4:22:23

3. Mikel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) — 4:22:23

4. Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling) — 4:22:23

5. Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF) — 4:22:23

Overall leaders

1. Robert Britton (Rally Cycling) — 13:15:55

2. Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare) — 13:16:21

3. Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) — 13:16:23

4. Kyle Murphy (Rylance Cycling) — 13:16:29

5. Neilson Poles (Axeon Hagens) — 13:16:33

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