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Provo, Utah (August 7, 2006) - After a hectic start to today's mainly flat 105-mile first stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Nevada's Jesse Anthony spent most of the race in a two-rider breakaway, winning the day's only King of the Mountain points and taking the lead in the best climber competition.

Shortly after starting out from Provo under near-perfect conditions, riders encountered crosswinds gusting to over 50mph followed by a section of road where dust and sand reduced visibility to only a few feet.

"It was the closest thing to Desert Storm that I've ever experienced," said Nevada Operations Manager Kurt Stockton, who piloted the team car through the tempest.

Jesse in the KOM jersey
But by the time the field reached the 25-mile mile mark, the weather had calmed and Anthony soon found himself off the front with Clayton Barrows (Team Einstein's Cycling).

For a time, their gap held steady at just over one minute but eventually grew out to nearly ten minutes by the time they reached the feed zone with roughly 40 miles left to race.

Over the rest of the course, Anthony easily took both sprint points as well as the KOM points but by the time that he and Barrows reached the finishing circuits in downtown Provo, their gap was under a minutes.

After dropping Barrows on the last lap, Anthony held out until the final mile before Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance) won the bunch sprint. Nevada's Dominique Perras made a rare field sprint appearance and earned a hard-fought 8th place stage result.

With no KOM points available in tomorrow's flat road race or in Wednesday's time trial, Anthony will wear the KOM leader's jersey through Thursday's stage to Mount Nebo.

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