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Jeff Louder won a stage of the Tour of Utah last year and has three times finished on the final podium. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Jeff Louder won a stage of the Tour of Utah last year and has three times finished on the final podium. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team's Louder Hometown Favorite In Utah

6. August 2011

Salt Lake City, Utah

Jeff Louder, champion of the 2008 edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and a Salt Lake City resident, will lead the BMC Racing Team at this year's revamped edition of the event billed "America's Toughest Stage Race."

Queen Stage To Snowbird Resort

With new courses and a UCI designation, Louder said he has done his homework to be ready for the six-day race that begins Tuesday with an uphill prologue in Park City's Utah Olympic Park. "The race will be a lot different this year with a higher caliber field," Louder said. "Everything can be won or lost on the last climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon (on the final stage). There is also the big question as to who rides well at altitude." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said Louder will receive good support, particularly from Brent Bookwalter and George Hincapie. The pair helped Cadel Evans win last month's Tour de France.

BMC Racing Team Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Roster (Aug. 9-14):
Chris Barton (USA), Chad Beyer (USA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Chris Butler (USA), George Hincapie (USA), Jeff Louder (USA).

Sport Director:
Michael Sayers (USA)

Chief Medical Officer:
Max Testa (ITA)

Press Officer:
Sean Weide (USA)

Staff:
Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Thomas Grove (USA). Soigneurs: Jonathan Garcia (USA), Trudi Rebsamen (USA), Cynthia Willerton (USA). Bus Driver: Rich Sangalli (USA).