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Canadian rider Rob Britton cruises to 2017 Tour of Utah title

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Aug. 6, 2017 at 9:54 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — Rob Britton took the yellow jersey given to the overall leader with a first place finish in Wednesday’s time trial at the Tour of Utah.

He never let go of it.

The Canadian rider for Rally Cycling cruised to the overall title with a time of 22:48:03 Sunday, using a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s finale across downtown Salt Lake City to clinch the 2017 Tour of Utah title.

“I’ve been doing this for awhile, and there is a lot of pressure that comes with that and it’s something I kind of thrive on,” Britton told reporters after the weeklong cycling race across Utah dubbed ‘America’s toughest stage race.’ “I’m very grateful to have such a fantastic team around me, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am.”

Britton’s time was 22 seconds better than runner-up Gavin Mannion of UnitedHealthcare pro cycling (22:48:25). Serge Tvetcov of Jelly Belly was third in 22:48:35.

Marco Canola of Nippo-Vini Fantini won the tour’s final stage with a time of 2:40:18. Brent Bookwalter was second in 2:40:20 to help BMC Racing to the team title with a 13-second gap on second-place UnitedHealthcare pro cycling.

Neilson Poles of Axeon Hagens merman won the blue jersey for the best young rider, and BMC Racing’s Manuel Senni was tabbed the most aggressive rider. Pier-Andre Cote of Silber pro cycling was tabbed the overall fan favorite.

Overall standings:

1. Robert Britton (Rally Cycling), 22:48:03

2. Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare), (-22)

3. Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly), (-32)

4. Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman), (-35)

5. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), (-2:00)

Stage 7 results:

1. Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini), 2:40:18

2. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), 2:40:20

3. Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare), 2:40:20

4. Patrick Muller (BMC Racing), 2:40:20

5. Simone Andreetta (Bardiana CSF), 2:40:20

6. Robert Britton (Rally Cycling), 2:40:20

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