The race starts on Tuesday and is a six-day event suited to climbers as it features over 13 000m of climbing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Utah is a completely different race to Elk Grove,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sports Director Kevin Campbell said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obviously high altitude and will be hotter. My expectations are good. Elk Grove was a great way to loosen the legs. Going into Utah it will be interesting to see how the other teams will adapt to the conditions there but I think we can expect exciting things from guys like TsgabuÃ‚Â Grmay (Ethiopia), Louis [Meintjes] and MeronÃ‚Â Russom (Eritrea).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We can expect them to be our best riders with the way they have been training. Kristian [Sbaragli] is riding well and will definitely be a contender on the flatter stages. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a different level of competition and conditions but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re confident in our GC guys.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The race will feature five World Tour teams and three Pro Continental ones along with tough competition from the US domestic scene. All of the stages features climbing towards the end with with two of them finishing on ascents.