5-time Ironman France Champion, Marcel Zamora of Spain, Wins Stage Six with Huge Solo Effort
Stage Six of the 2013 GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was the longest stage of this edition at 170 kilometres. Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) and Maral-erdene Batmunkh (GENCO Tour Team) jumped ahead of a large peloton of 30 riders (including the top 5 women in the GC Category) early in the race and were able to build their lead to thirteen minutes.
At 120 kilometres in, Marcel Zamora (Buff-Niner), who lead a break from the main peloton, was able to overtake them and hold his lead to the finish-line. Cory Wallace (Kona) and Jason Sager (Jamis) lead a surge from the main peloton to gather up the rest of the riders and finish second and third on the day.
In the Women’s Category, Catherine Williamson (Bizhub-Energas) came in a strong first followed by Sonya Looney (Topeak-Ergon) while Erin Greene (Endura NZ) was able to fight off an early charge from Douglas, Schulz and Thompson to secure third place on the day.
In the Team of Three category Maral-erdene Batmunkh, Altansukh Altanzul and Munkhtulga Erdensuren were able to maintain their overall lead for another day. The seventh and final stage of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge starts today.
Full Race Results and Overall Classifications are posted at www.mongoliabikechallenge.com.
The 2013 Genco MBC runs from September 1 to 7. The newly re-designed seven stage course is over 850 kilometres long and includes 14,000 metres of climbing.
Early Bird Registration for the 2014 event opens September 8.