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Jeff Louder delivered a win on a stage sponsored by BMC Racing Team physician Dr. Eric Heiden's orthopedic practice. (Casey B. Gibson photo)
Jeff Louder delivered a win on a stage sponsored by BMC Racing Team physician Dr. Eric Heiden's orthopedic practice. (Casey B. Gibson photo)

Louder Wins For BMC Racing Team In Park City

21. agosto 2010

Park City, Utah

BMC Racing Team's Jeff Louder scored his first win of the season Saturday by impressively soloing away from a rapidly diminishing field on a challenging course in Park City at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Up To 12th Overall

In front of several thousand fans, Louder attacked just past the halfway point of the 75-minute race and rapidly opened a lead that grew to as much as a minute with five laps to go. He hung on to win by 22 seconds, which moved him up to 12th overall. Afterwards, with his wife, Soorya, and daughter, Milana, at his side, he dedicated his victory to friend and training partner, the late Terry McGinnis. The Tour of Utah's executive director in 2008 and 2009, McGinnis died of cancer last October. "I also don't get many chances to race in front of my family and my home crowd," Louder said. "To be on a course with thousands of people cheering your name really motivated me to do something. I didn't want to let the opportunity pass me by."

Only 86 Riders Left
In a stage that saw 33 riders abandon or time cut, Louder earned the second stage win of his career at the Tour of Utah, adding to his victory at Snowbird pass in 2008. He finished third overall last year after winning in 2008 and was third in 2006. Losing time on the Stage 2 climb to Mt. Nebo opened the door for him to go for the win, Louder said. "I'm motivated to see what we can do for Brent (Bookwalter) tomorrow to try and get him on the podium," he said.

Final Day Not Easy
Bookwalter remains sixth, 2:40 behind race leader Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny's). But it will be far from a predictable finish on a 160 kilometer stage that includes four climbs and a mountain-top finish, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "The leader (Leipheimer) has no team and second place guy on GC (Francisco Mancebo) is on a composite team with guys he normally doesn't ride with," Sayers said. "It will be really interesting to see what happens . We're going to try to win the race with Brent."