2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 03
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2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 03

Thursday - August 9, 2012 - Ogden, UT

Stage racing is a grind.

RACE BIBLE
Start
Ogden
Finish
Salt Lake City (University of Utah)
Distance
88.5 mi
Type
Medium Mountain Stage
Description

“Thursday, August 9 is stage three covering 86.1 miles (138km) from Ogden to Salt Lake City, with 7,134 feet in elevation gain. After climbing North Ogden Pass for a second time in three days, riders will pass Snowbasin Resort, site of various world championship skiing events, and East Canyon State Park, with its scenic reservoir. Additional climbs include the front side of Trapper’s Loop and a four-mile ascent of Big Mountain. This is a similar finish used two other times by the Tour of Utah to reach the finish line at University of Utah’s Research Park, on the east hillside of downtown Salt Lake City.”–CyclingNews

Top Three Finishers
  1. Michael Matthews, Rabobank, 03:24:07
  2. Michael Schär, BMC Racing Team, s.t.
  3. Brent Bookwalter, BMC Racing Team, s.t.
IStage Racing 101

Today kinda felt like filler, like you knew from the start that nobody was going to make waves in the GC and you knew a breakaway wasn’t going to stay away and you knew there would be some kind of sprint finish, but that’s what happens in stage races, you can’t have enormous mountain stages that obliterate all but four riders every day, it just isn’t reasonable/feasible/possible. But even a day that feels like filler on TV or on Twitter feels like 85 miles and more than a few thousand feet of climbing in the heat and blazing sun for the riders, stage racing is a grind.

IIStage 03: Ogden-Salt Lake City
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