Too late to write commentary about today’s stage so here are pictures, video and course description. Great day for all CTS athletes. All crossed the finish line in Aspen. Impressive group of strong riders.

For map and profile of Stage 3 please click here.

To watch a video about Stage 3 please click here.

Stage description:

One of the toughest days of racing in the US returns this year – the epic Gunnison to Aspen stage will again feature two of the highest climbs in professional racing. The 131-mile Queen Stage is the longest stage of the entire week, but after last year, the cyclists will know what to expect. After a sprint line in Almont and a moderate climb to Taylor Park Reservoir, cyclists will say goodbye to pavement for 14 miles of dirt climb to the 12,126-foot summit of Cottonwood Pass. While this is the highest point of the entire week, cyclists are not done yet, with a sprint line in Buena Vista followed by another monster 12,000 foot summit on the famed Independence Pass before a wild descent into Aspen. Total climbing: 9,623 feet.