OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jesse Anthony made up for what he called a stupid early attack by winning a five-way sprint to the finish Wednesday in the first stage of the Tour of Utah.
Prologue winner Sergio Henao of Colombia retained the yellow jersey by finishing a close second in the 113.6-mile stage that climbed three times over north Ogden pass in the Wasatch Mountains.
Henao’s teammate, Oscar Sevilla of Spain, was third just ahead of defending Tour of Utah champion Levi Leipheimer and Leipheimer’s Radioshack teammate, Janez Brajkovic.
The six-day, 409-mile Tour of Utah — upgraded to one of the top three sanctioned stage races in North America — now heads south of Salt Lake City for a 99-mile sprint between Levi and Provo.
Anthony called the win the biggest of his career.