Howes Wins Queen Stage in Utah!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Alex Howes of the Felt-Holowesko Partners team is having an incredible summer. On Saturday Howes won the “Queen Stage” of the Tour of Utah, besting some of the world’s best professionals with a victory at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Park City.
It was the biggest win of Howes’s young career and follows closely on the heels of his incredible performance at the Under-23 National Championships, where he won both the road race and criterium national championship titles.
“It’s hard to believe,” Howes told Cyclingnews.com after his win at Park City. “I can't tell you the last time that I cried but I was close. I hope it’s a sign of better things to come. It’s an incredibly talented field and coming into today I didn’t think I had a shot.”
Howes won the 155-kilometer stage in style, attacking his breakaway companions near the base of the final climb to the mountaintop finish and holding off Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell) and overall race leader Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing) of Spain.
With three major climbs, including the final one to Snowbird, it was a difficult stage in what some are billing as the most difficult stage race in the U.S.
“The last few weeks have been what Alex Howes has been waiting for,” said Felt-Holowesko Partners team director Chann McRae. “His mental tenacity and physical prowess has resulted in three very important victories — first the U.S. U23 road race title and second the U.S. U23 crit championship. Today he was the best up to Snowbird Ski Station against a stacked field. This victory will give him the right line going into the U23 World Championships!”