First Endurance rider Michael Torckler (Bissell) won the overall KOM classification while Carter Jones (also Bissell) took 8th place in the General Classification.
A breakaway of fifteen riders were able to organize much quicker than the previous five stages. After a bit of shuffling, the group was on its way and had established a gap of nearly three minutes by the first sprint point at Kamas. First Endurance rider Jason McCartney (Bissell) was among the riders in the lead group and would go onto rival for the two sprints and the Wolf Creek KOM where he took 2nd. On the banks of final climb up Empire Pass, the break began to fall apart and soon it was just Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy) and Michael Matthews (Orica Green-EDGE) in the lead with Garmin setting a tough pace among the chasers. As the grade increased, riders splintered and it was Mancebo and Matthews in the lead with Tom Danielson (Garmin) madly pursuing. The climber, Mancebo, eventually dropped the sprinter, Matthews, and Danielson reached Mancebo just before the summit. Meanwhile, Carter Jones was among the best climbers in the world to cross in 4th place over Empire Pass. On the blistering descent back into Park City, Janier Acevedo (Jamis) caught the two leaders. Mancebo and Acevedo dueled for the finish with Mancebo inching him out for the win. Danielson came across just four seconds back in 3rd place to take the overall win. First Endurance rider Carter Jones crossed in the chase group for 9th on the stage and moved up to 8th in the general classification while
Michael Torckler safely crossed to claim his KOM win.
It was another outstanding race for the BISSELL Team who continued to be in the race action at every stage and stood on the podium everyday. Congratulations BISSELL!
images courtesy of Dave Richards Photography