For Cadel Evans, it was too little, too late.
The 2011 Tour de France winner won the final two stages of the Tour of Utah on Saturday and Sunday, but finished sixth in the overall standings when all was said and done.
Tom Danielson held on to win the 2014 Tour of Utah, despite Evans’ late push.
“I knew I had good form coming in,” Danielson said in a Tour of Utah press release. “It’s really special to come across the line with so many fans. So much work goes into it. All of us athletes have been through so much, so when it all comes together like it did this week, we all understand what it means. It is special.”
Danielson held the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Overall Leader’s jersey for the final four stages after winning Stage 4 on the climb of Powder Mountain. His final time through all seven stages was 30 hours, 18 minutes and four seconds.
Evans, an established Tour de France rider from Australia, tweeted he is is looking forward to next year’s Tour of Utah.
“No one I know that hasn’t seen this race, doesn’t want to come to Utah because of the beautiful scenery,” he said in a press release. “I wish the event the best of luck in the future. For us as riders, to come here, train in good weather at altitude, it’s also really good.”
Team SmartStop’s Jure Kocjan, the Slovakian rider who won Stage 3 in Tooele County on Wednesday, won the Utah Sports Commission Sprint Leader jersey for being the best sprinter in the race, but pulled out of the race before the finish on Powder Mountain.
Joey Rosskopf of Hincapie Sportswear Development Team won the Ski Utah King of the Mountain jersey. Belgian Dylan Teuns of BMC Racing won the Subaru Best Young Rider. Anacona Gomez of Columbia and Lampre-Merida won the Vivint Most Aggressive Rider jersey. Cadel’s New Zealand teammate Dion Smith won the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey.