Michael Matthews won the XO Communications Sprint jersey at the Tour of Utah. The double stage winner moved into the sprint classification lead following stage two before ceding the distinctive purple jersey to Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) the following day. Having started the day three points behind Van Avermaet, Matthews bridged across to the early break and won both intermediate sprints, solidifying his hold on the Tour of Utah points jersey for the second straight year.
The final stage offered up two major ascents in the second half of the 125km loop around Park City. A cagey bunch set a quick clip at the start of stage six as riders attacked and counter-attacked in attempt to get up the road. Wesley Sulzberger and Baden Cooke found their way into the move that looked to have staying power. As Matthews jumped across, Sulzberger dropped back. Eventually a lead group emerged that included Matthews, Cooke, Jakub Novak (BMC), Ted King (Cannondale), Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare), Martin Wesemann (MTN-Qhubeka), Jason McCartney (Bissell), Tyler Wren and Luis Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Tanner Putt and Jasper Stuyven (Bontrager), Joey Rosskopf and Joe Lewis (Hincapie Sportswer) and Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly).
After winning both intermediate sprints, Matthews briefly led the race along before being overtaken first by Mancebo and then by eventual overall winner Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp). Before the stage finish, Matthews would slip back to 11th place.
“I think the big surprise of the day for a lot of people was how well Matthews climbed on this stage to almost hang on over the top of the massive mountain. It was the biggest climb of the race, and he put in a fantastic effort.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson
|1||Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) - 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda||3:12:52|
|2||Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) - Jamis-Hagens Berman||ST|
|3||Thomas Danielson (USA) - Team Garmin Sharp||0:00:04|
|4||Lucas Euser (USA) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||0:01:29|
|5||Matthew Busche (USA) - RadioShack Leopard||ST|
|6||Michael Schaer (Swi) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|7||Philip Deignan (Ire) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||ST|
|8||Christopher Horner (USA) - RadioShack Leopard||ST|
|9||Carter Jones (USA) - Bissell Pro Cycling||ST|
|10||Jasper Stuyven (Bel) - Bontrager Cycling Team||0:01:39|
|11||Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:39|
|43||Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:44|
|72||Sam Bewley (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:14:20|
|73||Baden Cooke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:14:21|
|86||Damian Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:13|