The Inner Loop Road Race is one of the few opportunities for sprinters to shine at Tour of the Gila. But they must first survive 3 KoM climbs.
An early breakaway built a 3 minute lead before the inevitable catch by UHC and the sprinters' squads. A crash at 1km to go confused matters, but the Bissell boys would not be deterred, leading Eric Young to another fine victory. Paco Mancebo and teammate Chad Beyer placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Team Exergy's Freddie Rodriguez finished 8th today, still smarting from the effects of his crash at Redlands last month. The California fastman has shown remarkable recovery from his rib injury and hopes to be back on form by the start of the Amgen Tour of California.