Tour of Utah: Haig climbs into top 10 on Mount Nebo

09 August 2018 01:42
Mitchelton-Scott's Jack Haig found the climb up Mount Nebo during stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Wednesday to his liking, finishing the stage in eighth place and climbing from 15th overall to ninth. But the 24-year-old Australian said it was a little unexpected the way the peloton tackled the climb at the US 2.HC race. "I was a little bit surprised at what the racing's like here," Haig told Cyclingnews at his team bus after the finish. "Just at the bottom of the climb there, I was thinking, 'It's a 40-minute climb. We can start in the middle of the pack and I'll be all right.'ADVERTISEMENT "But they went full-gas from the bottom and just split it to pieces straight away," he said. "It put me a bit on the back foot, but I guess it makes sense racing at altitude. The idea is to put someone in the red so that they never come back again. Luckily, I came back. I went into the red a little bit, but I came back. But it was a good day." The rider doing the damage at the head of affairs was LottoNL-Jumbo's Sepp Kuss – the 23-year-old former mountain biker from Durango, Colorado. Kuss countered an attack from Trek-Segafredo's Peter Stetina in the opening kilometres of the climb and then set off on a long day alone on the front, eventually winning the stage ahead of teammate Neilson Powless and claiming the overall lead. Haig crossed the line with a group of 10 riders that were 32 seconds behind the winner, and just three second behind Powless and third-placed Kyle Murphy (Rally Cycling). The Australian is now 40 seconds behind Kuss on the overall classification with four stages left, and the race's toughest days ahead. But Wednesday's first day in the big mountains forced just about all the GC contenders to come front and centre. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News