August 03, 2015

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Kiel Reijnen won a sprint from a small group of riders Monday to win the opening stage of the Tour of Utah, while Taylor Phinney finished third in his first race in more than a year.

Phinney attacked near the conclusion of the rain-soaked 132-mile stage, but the BMC Racing star couldn't hold off Reijnen, who then edged Alex Howes in a sprint.

It was the first race for Phinney, a member of the 2012 Olympic team, since last year's road nationals, when he broke several bones in a crash with a motorcycle.

The Tour of Utah began amid controversy after two-time defending champion Tom Danielson withdrew following a positive out-of-competition doping test. Danielson proclaimed his innocence on Twitter late Sunday and is awaiting results of his ''B'' sample.

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