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David Zabriskie set for Tour of Utah after France crash

By Lynn Debruin

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, July 27 2011 8:12 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — David Zabriskie will race in the Tour of Utah just a month after crashing through a guardrail and bouncing down an embankment and out of the Tour de France.

The Salt Lake City native is one of 120 cyclists on Tour of Utah rosters finalized Wednesday for the six-day race Aug. 9-14. This year's event has been elevated to one of the top three professional stage races in North America.

Other notables participating include three-time U.S. Pro Road Race champion George Hincapie, ninth-place 2011 Tour de France finisher Tom Danielson and defending Tour of Utah champ Levi Leipheimer.

Garmin-Cervelo won the team prize at the recent Tour de France and riders honored the injured Zabriskie by taking a full-sized cardboard cutout of him to the podium.

Zabriskie suffered hand, wrist and knee injuries in the crash, but reported recently on his website that X-rays showed no broken bones. Scans also showed no cartilage tears in his knee, only a bruised femur, and he has recovered enough to race in Utah.

Other riders on the final Tour of Utah roster include Americans Christian Vandevelde and Tejay Van Garderen, Spaniards Francisco Mancebo and Oscar Sevilla and German Robert Forster.

Hincapie heads Utah's riders for the BMC Racing Team, which helped Australian Cadel Evans on Sunday become the first Australian to win the Tour de France. BMC also will send fellow Tour de France rider Brent Bookwalter and Utah native Jeff Louder, the 2008 Tour of Utah champion.

Americans Danielson and Vandevelde, and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal all finished in the top 20 in France and will represent Garmin-Cervelo in Utah.

World No. 1-ranked HTC-Highroad will bring 10-time U.S. national junior champion Van Garderen, who wore King of the Mountain jersey after Stage 8 at the Tour de France.

Liquigas-Cannondale's squad will include American Ted King, who won a bronze at the 2011 USA Cycling Professional Road Race national championship.

The Tour of Utah will start Aug. 9 with an opening prologue in Park City. The first two stages, Aug. 10-11, are in Ogden and Provo. Stage 3 is an individual time trial Aug. 12 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele. Stage 4 is a circuit race Aug. 13 in Salt Lake City and the final stage is a road race Aug. 14 from Park City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

The race covers more than 400 miles this year.

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