Tanner Putt, front, and his Bissell Development Team teammates warm up before the start of the seventh and final stage of the 2014 Tour of Utah on Sunday
Tanner Putt, front, and his Bissell Development Team teammates warm up before the start of the seventh and final stage of the 2014 Tour of Utah on Sunday in Park City. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

Heading into Stages 6 and 7 of the Tour of Utah, Park City native Tanner Putt had some modest goals he wanted to get in a couple breakaways and put some pressure on the top riders.

Putt knows that the mountain stages of the race aren't his specialty, so he was just looking to wreak some havoc when he could.

That's exactly what he did on Sunday in Park City. The Bissell Development Team rider got in an early breakaway and ended up winning a King of the Mountain and a sprint competition within the 78-mile race.

Though he was glad to be in the breakaway, he said winning the sprint and KOM points weren't on his mind.

"I was really happy at one point, we had quite a few minutes, but Belkin chased, so it was hard to stay away," he said. "I wasn't going for [KOM and sprint] stuff. I was so far down on the points, it wasn't ever a goal I just so happened to be the one in front when we'd go over the lines."

Crossing the finish line in Park City, in his second year of participating in the Tour, was just as special this time as it was last year, he said. In fact, of all the chalk drawings made on Main Street on Sunday afternoon, some of the biggest ones bore Putt's name.

"It's amazing," he said. "I love it."

Last year, Putt finished eighth in the "Best Young Rider" standings, a competition among riders 23 and under. This year, he matched that feat, again finishing in eighth place.


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Bissell Development Team managed to put four riders in the top 10 of the Best Young Rider standings, including James Oram (fourth), Ruben Zepuntke (sixth), Putt (eighth) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (ninth). Putt's brother, Chris, finished 14th in the Best Young Rider competition for Bissell.

Overall, Putt finished in 35th place overall, completing all seven stages in 31 hours, 9 minutes and 1 second. He compiled two top-10 finishes and crossed the line in 12th place during Stage 5 in Kamas.

Tanner Putt chats with announcer Dave Towle before Stage 7 of the 2014 Tour of Utah in Park City on Sunday afternoon. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
Tanner Putt chats with announcer Dave Towle before Stage 7 of the 2014 Tour of Utah in Park City on Sunday afternoon. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

Now, Putt, who won an under-23 national championship earlier this season, will join 2014 Tour of Utah winner Tom Danielson and other riders at the USA Pro Challenge, which begins on Aug. 18 in Colorado.

The USA Pro Challenge is a seven-stage race that starts in Aspen and ends in Denver. Go to www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com for more information.

Best Young Rider standings

Dylan Teuns BMC Racing Team

Clement Chevrier Trek Factory Racing

Dion Smith Hincapie Sportswear Development Team

James Oram Bissell Development Team

Robin Carpenter Hincapie Sportswear Development Team

Ruben Zepuntke Bissell Development Team

Valerio Conti Lampre-Merida

Tanner Putt Bissell Development Team

Tao Geoghegan Hart Bissell Development Team

Brendan Canty Drapac Professional Cycling