Tschopp claims Tour of Utah lead

Johann Tschopp of BMC Racing won stage five of the Tour of Utah and took the overall lead of the race from Christian Vande Velde.


The Swiss went solo to the finish line at the Snowbird Ski Area and Summer Resort to claim the honours on the Queen stage - and usurp his Garmin-Sharp rival from the top of the general classification in the process.

Tschopp caught a small breakaway on the final climb of the 165km slog from Park City to win before easing ahead to win the stage by 43 seconds from NetApp's Leopold Koenig.

Bontrager-Livestrong's Joe Dombrowski was third, 47 seconds off Tschopp's pace, while Vande Velde finished 1:38 back. The American ended the day in second on the GC, 38 seconds behind the new leader.

The race concludes on Sunday with the King stage, a 123.5km mountainous ride that ends in Park City.

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