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Jesse Anthony abandons 2011 Tour of Utah with flu

Jesse Anthony will withdraw from the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Saturday with the flu.

Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth), winner of the race’s first stage in Ogden and fifth overall, awoke Saturday morning with flu symptoms. Director Jonas Carney told VeloNews the team would pull Anthony from the race.

“(He’s) having difficulty just getting out of bed … he’s going to pull out of the race today,” said Carney.

Anthony’s stage win on Wednesday came after he attacked the field solo on the tough North Ogden Pass climb late in the stage. A group of four GC favorites, including former leader Sergio Henao (Gobernacion De Antioquia) and current yellow jersey Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack), caught Anthony and he won a long, five-up sprint in Ogden.

The Tour of Utah continues Saturday with the penultimate stage, a circuit race in Salt Lake City.