Justin Lindine and partner Jason Sager made one of the most fantastic comebacks this weekend. After Friday’s loss of 3 hours due to Jason getting Hyperthermia, these two racers really proved how tough they are by coming back Saturday to take 18th place just 34 minutes back from the leaders. Stage 6 was 85 kilometers with 2200 meters (over 6000’) of climbing and featured a much sought singletrack section toward the end.
Justin tells us what happened on the rainy stage 6. “Yesterday was rough. I did flat early on, but mostly the problem was that it was 55 degrees and raining-colder at the summits. After nursing him along for a long, long time Jason got full blown hypothermic and "quit" at the third check point. So, I rode the last 20 k by myself also not in such a good state. Luckily, after he spent about 45 min in a warm building ingesting all sorts of calories and warm beverages Jason was able to finish the stage. Unfortunately our stage time is taken off his finish and not mine, even though mine wasn’t great it was about an hour and change faster.”
Jason’s stage 6 blog as posted on Cycling News is here:
On the final stage, stage 7, featuring 1350m( over 4000’ feet) of climbing, Justin and Jason cracked the top ten in 9th place just 10 minutes down!
In the final results Justin & Jason finished as the top Americans in 25th place in the open men category, and 28th place in overall classification.