"Our team was the first to commit," he said. "We knew everyone wanted a bit of a break … We knew we wanted a bunch sprint."
And that's what they got.
Keough said he almost got caught in the pack, but then managed to jump behind a teammate who kept the speed up for him as he saw an opening about 200 meters out and took it.
Finishing second was Marco Benfatto (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda) was third.
Christian Vande Velde held onto the yellow jersey, as he finished in the main pack of riders. His teammates Tom Danielson and another Utah native Dave Zabriskie were third as they trail Vande Velde by three seconds.
The fifth stage is 102 miles of brutal climbing that starts in Park City and finishes at Snowbird Ski Resort. In years past, this has been the final stage, often referred to as the Queen Stage. This year organizers added a stage that will begin and end in Park City.
Defending champion Levi Leipheimer finished 39th and trailed the winner by two minutes and seven seconds. It was one of his teammates who finished second and the squad, which started with just six riders, now only has four left in the competition.
Tour of Utah: Friday's top finishers
1. Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare), 4:47.06
2. Marco Benfatto, Italy
3. Tyler Farrar, U.S.
1. Christian Vande Velde
2. (tie) Tom Danielson, David Zabriskie, 3 seconds behind
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