Photo Essay | Tour of Utah | Stage Seven | Finishing Strong

Sometimes, the final stage of a bike race is more of a victory lap, with the overall winner already decided and a flat course for the sprinters to show off for the crowd. Sometimes, it’s not. The Park City Circuit fell firmly into the latter category. A stage win and a long shot at regaining the yellow jersey were on the table, and the team stayed on point throughout the day. Park City offers one of the most enthusiastic, vibrant venues the team sees all year. It is a wonderful conclusion to one of the most beautiful, well-run races in the world.

Park City's chalk game is on point. The entire finishing straight was dusted with colorful art.

Park City’s chalk game is on point. The entire finishing straight was dusted with colorful art.

The outpouring of love for Phil's cookie fetish, especially by young fans, never stops. It's no secret that kids love cookies, but it is still one of the cutest thing ever and a great reminder of how incredibly accessible and fan friendly our sport is. Cookies are Human-Powered Health too, folks!

The outpouring of love for Phil’s cookie fetish, especially by young fans, never stops. It’s no secret that kids love cookies, but it is still one of the cutest thing ever and a great reminder of how incredibly accessible and fan friendly our sport is. Cookies are Human-Powered Health too, folks!

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This little guys grandma told me I was looking at a future gold medalist in the Olypmics. He certainly looks the part.

This little guy’s grandma  told me I was looking at a future gold medalist in the Olypmics. He certainly looks the part.

The Park City crowd was simply massive. Fans were crammed into every nook and crannie of the city's vibrant main street.

The Park City crowd was massive. Fans were crammed into every nook and cranny of the city’s vibrant main street.

The team's Acura RDX support fleet was rock solid the entire week. Cycling is a highly visual sport, and having the sexiest car in the peloton certainly doesn't hurt.

The team’s Acura RDX support fleet was rock solid the entire week. Cycling is a highly visual sport, and having the sexiest car in the peloton certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Eric Young and Brad Huff, who were forced to withdraw from the race, got a bonus – hanging out with a 4-time Jamaican bobsled Olympian. Young challenged him to a 50 meter sprint, on foot. Maybe someday.

Eric Young and Brad Huff, who were forced to withdraw from the race, got a bonus – hanging out with a 4-time Jamaican bobsled Olympian. Young challenged him to a 50 meter sprint, on foot. Maybe someday.

Woods' big "oops" moment for the week came in the final turn. Luckily, the crash damage was minimal. Probably more bruising to Mike's pride.

Woods’ big “oops” moment for the week came in the final turn. Luckily, the crash damage was minimal. Probably more bruising to Mike’s pride.

One of the great stories of bike racing in 2015 is the rise of Africa's first ever team, MTN - Qhubeka. Eritrean Natnael Berhane finished third on the stage, and was greeted by a beyond pumped collection of fans from his native country.

One of the great stories of bike racing in 2015 is the rise of Africa’s first ever team, MTN – Qhubeka. Eritrean Natnael Berhane finished third on the stage, and was greeted by a beyond pumped collection of fans from his native country.

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The cookie bike was packed carefully by Lead Mechanic Vince Gee, it lives to fight another day.

The cookie bike was packed carefully by Lead Mechanic Vince Gee, it lives to fight another day.

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