When Tanner Putt sat down for an interview with The Park Record last week, he was very modest about his goals for the Tour of Utah road cycling race, which started Monday and ends in Park City on Sunday.
Putt figured he'd be able to show what he could do in Stage 5, which starts in Evanston, Wyoming, and ends in Kamas on Friday. But, other than that, he said he was going to focus on doing what he could to help his team.
After finishing in eighth place overall in Stage 1 on Monday in Cedar City, Putt is helping the team more than he probably imagined he would so early on.
"On days such as the Kamas stage, I'll go for sprints and breakaways and stuff like that," he said last week. "The other days, it will be to help the other riders on the team."
He also said that, as a team, Bissell was hoping for "one of the riders up in the GC [general classification, or, top overall riders], maybe in the top 10 on some stages, maybe a couple top-five finishes."
Moreno Hofland, a Dutch rider for the Belkin-Pro Cycling Team, took first place in Stage 1.
On Tuesday, in Stage 2, Putt improved his standings in the GC. According to tourtracker.tourofutah.com's live coverage, the Parkite is in sixth place overall two stages into the race after a strong showing on the ride from Panguitch to Torrey.
Putt was presented with the Subaru-sponsored blue jersey, signifying that he's the "Best Young Rider" in the Tour so far.
Wednesday's Stage 3 starts in Lehi at 10:55 a.
Summit County stages start Friday
On Friday, the Tour of Utah heads to Summit County, where parts of three stages will travel through the area.
Friday's stage, Stage 5, will begin in Evanston, Wyoming, before finishing in Kamas. Stage 5 will start at 11:20 a.m. in Evanston, travel 101.4 miles and end at approximately 3:45 p.m. in Kamas.
Saturday's Stage 6 will begin in Salt Lake City and end at Snowbird, but will travel through Coalville, Peoa and Park City before crossing over Guardsman Pass. Stage 6 will start at 10:50 a.m. outside of Rice-Eccles Stadium and will end at Snowbird at approximately 3:45 p.m. after traveling 107.2 miles. This stage features the most elevation gain, with a whopping 12,643 feet of vertical climbing for riders.
Sunday's Stage 7 will both start and end in Park City. The stage will pass through Peoa, Oakley, Kamas, Heber and Midway before riders cross the finish line on Park City's Main Street. This 78-mile stage features 7,633 feet of elevation gain. It will start at 12:20 p.m. and end around 3:45 p.m.
-- Adam Spencer