Van Avermaet takes opening stage at Tour of Utah

Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium won Stage 1 in the 2013 Tour of Utah in four hours 11 minutes. Australian Michael Matthews finished second followed by American Tyler Magner.

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) – As he stayed with the peloton in Tuesday’s opening stage of the Tour of Utah, Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium was waiting for a place to kick his bike into another gear.

Once the final three-lap sprint came around, it was all the BMC team racer needed.

With crowds cheering along the final stretch, Van Avermaet beat Australian Michael Matthews to the finish line over the final half mile on Main Street and earned the Stage 1 victory in 4 hours, 11 minutes.

American Tyler Magner, who drives for a team owned by George Hincapie, finished third.

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