Trek had Julian Arredondo in the breakaway all day, and the young Colombian was the last survivor on the final climb. Even though he was joined by Europcar's Pierre Rolland, the pressure from the group of now-race leader Cadel Evans brought them back. Kiserlovski waited, then launched his effort in the final 500m, but Ulissi was too strong.
In this video interview with Cyclingnews, Kiserlovski explains that he just didn't have the kind of explosive power to match the Italian, who already won on stage 5.
"It was a really hard stage after a really hard week," the Croatian champion said. "I knew in the finish, I saw Ulissi and I knew he has what I don't have, he can push 100 per cent but in the end he can push 200 per cent."