Eight days after the Tour de France, cycling’s biggest event, ended in Paris, some of the same cyclists will compete in the Tour of Utah, the most difficult stage race in the United States.

A field of 122 riders from 26 countries, including American defending titlist Joe Dombroski, will participate in the August 1-7 event.

The race’s 12th edition will comprise 705 miles in a southern to northern route and will include seven road stages. It will feature 52,951 feet of climbing and start with the 83.5-mile stage 1 road race from Zion Canyon Village to Cedar City.

Drombrowski, 25, finished 34th overall May 29 in the Tour of Italy, the second grand tour (three-week race) of his career.

He finished 26th overall in the subsequent 10-day Tour of Switzerland that ended June 19 and he will be competing for the first time since then.

Last year, Dombroski took the Tour of Utah lead when he claimed the mountainous stage 6 from Salt Lake City to Snowboard Ski Resort with more than a one-minute solo win over American Michael Woods, then riding for Kelly Benefit Strategies.Veteran Frank Schleck of Luxembourg, a three-time top-five Tour de France finisher, placed third, trailing by 1 minute and 7 seconds while riding for Trek. American American Chris Horner, competing for the now-defunct Airgas Safeway team, placed fourth, trailing by 1:09.

Tour of Utah feature will strong international field

Schleck, who finished 34th the Tour de France on July 24, will be joined by American Peter Stetina of the Trek-Segafredo team. Stetina, who returned to competition at last year’s Tour of Utah after a career-threatening crash, finished 46th overall in the Tour de France.

A total of 31 riders competing in the Tour of Utah competed in this year's Tour de France.

Dombrowski will be supported by five riders, including four veteran Americans: Nathan Brown, Andrew Talanksy, Ben King and Phil Gaimon. Brown also finished the Tour of Italy in May and has already had a long race season after beginning his campaign in late January.

Talansky, whose season also began in January, finished fourth overall in the Tour of California in May and fifth overall at the Tour of Switzerland. King won stage 2 of the Tour of California in May but hasn’t competed since mid-June when his had a sub-par finish in the Criterium du Dauphine in France, Gaimon has competed infrequently this season with an 11th in the Criterium International his best finish.

Seven national current champions will compete: Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling), Swiss road champion; Hayden McCormick (ONE Pro Cycling), New Zealand U23 time trial champion; Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman), US road champion; Ruben Guerreiro (Axeon Hagens Berman), Portugal U23 road ; Joseph Chavarría (Lupus Racing Team), Costa Rica road champion; Benjamin Perry (Silber Pro Cycling), Canadian U23 road champion; and Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling), Canadian time trial champion.

The seven stages of the Tour of Utah:

Stage 1, Zion Canyon Village-Cedar City, 83.5 miles.

Stage 2, Escalante-Torrey, 99 miles.

Stage 3, Richfield-Payson, 119 miles.

Stage 4, Lehi-Kearns, 96 miles.

Stage 5, Antelope State Park-Bountiful, 115.6 miles.

Stage 6, Snowbasin Resort-Snowbird Resort, 114 miles.

Stage 7, Park City-Park City, 78 miles.

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