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Murphy second in Utah’s third stage, wins Most Aggressive

Team tactics setup Murphy’s late race move

Rally UHC Cycling’s Kyle Murphy exploded off the front of a shattered peloton on stage 3 of the Tour of Utah to finish second on the stage, move into fourth on General Classification and earn the Most Aggressive Rider Jersey

Murphy’s teammates animated the 138 km stage, allowing him to wait for the challenging finishing circuits when former yellow jersey wearer Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) attacked with 13 km to go and Murphy was the only rider who responded.

The duo bridged up to the remnants of the breakaway with one circuit remaining and then distanced their companions on the final climb. Murphy and Craddock were caught inside the final kilometer as race leader Ben Hermans (Israeli Cycling Academy) overtook them and soloed in for the win. Murphy managed to catch his breath from the enormous effort and went on to win the sprint for second.

It felt so much better to be the hammer today,” said Murphy who finished sixth on Powder Mountain the day before. “I wanted to win so badly but Hermans is just a machine. I’m happy with the result.”

During the pre-race meeting, team director Pat McCarty echoed the words of Rob Britton from the previous stage.

“We’ve got nothing to lose and we need to be aggressive out there,” said McCarty. “You guys are capable of racing for the entire day and I know we can contest the stage win.”

The team took turns sending riders off the front of the peloton until Nigel Ellsay finally went clear with five others, building up a lead of over two minutes. Inside the peloton, Ty Magner, Emerson Oronte, and Evan Huffman took care of their GC leaders.

“We rode awesome,” said Murphy. “Everyone was all over this bike race. We had Nigel in the break, Gavin crashed and was still an MVP teammate and we had ice and water when no one else did. We rocked it.

Known as a climber, Murphy packs a pretty good sprint. He attributes this to a special training partner, his brother.

“I want to thank my brother for teaching me how to sprint and for beating my butt every single training ride we ever did,” said Murphy. “Thanks, Evan. I love you, buddy.”

Friday’s stage 4 in downtown Salt Lake City features eight hilly circuits in front of the Utah State Capitol Building for a total of 86 km. With Murphy only 40 seconds down on the overall podium and 1’46” from the race lead, Rally UHC Cycling will not be far from the action.

Watch all the race LIVE starting at 5:55 pm MST on Tour Tracker.

Stage 3 results
1 HERMANS Ben ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY BEL 3.20’27” 10″
2 MURPHY Kyle RALLY UHC CYCLING USA 3.20’34” 7″ 6″
3 EG Niklas TREK-SEGAFREDO DEN 3.20’35” 8″ 4″
4 SWIRBUL Keegan WORTHY PRO CYCLING USA 3.20’35” …
5 PICCOLI James ELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLING CAN 3.20’35” …
6 CRADDOCK Lawson EF EDUCATION FIRST USA 3.20’38” 11″
7 DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd EF EDUCATION FIRST USA 3.20’48” 21″
8 BADILATTI Matteo ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY SUI 3.21’03” 36″
9 BOWDEN Scott TEAM BRIDGELANE AUS 3.21’03” …
10 ALMEIDA João HAGENS BERMAN AXEON POR 3.21’09” 42″

GC standings after stage 3
1 HERMANS Ben ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY BEL 10.30’24”
2 PICCOLI James ELEVATE-KHS PRO CYCLING CAN 10.31’08” 44″
3 EG Niklas TREK-SEGAFREDO DEN 10.31’30” 1’06”
4 MURPHY Kyle RALLY UHC CYCLING USA 10.32’10” 1’46”
5 STETINA Peter TREK-SEGAFREDO USA 10.32’26” 2’02”
6 DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd EF EDUCATION FIRST USA 10.32’28” 2’04”
7 ALMEIDA João HAGENS BERMAN AXEON POR 10.33’02” 2’38”
8 BRITTON Robert RALLY UHC CYCLING CAN 10.33’36” 3’12”
9 CRADDOCK Lawson EF EDUCATION FIRST USA 10.33’41” 3’17”
10 BADILATTI Matteo ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY SUI 10.34’08” 3’44”