Stage 3 Estes Park - Central City; 206km
The final 200km
This is the first serious test for the gc-riders.
The race starts in Estes Park and after 8km we already have the first climb of the day, 9,3km at 5,4%.
The next 23km are more of a false flat, then we have 2 short climbs, the first one is 4,7km at 4,6%, the 2nd one is 6,5km at 3,8%. The next 80km consist of gentle descents and rolling terrain until we reach Idaho Springs, then we have a hard climb up the Virginia Canyon road and the Two Brothers road, 5,3km at 9,8% with a 20% steep ramp, a nasty steep climb.
The descent is you typical gentle american descent on wide roads and after reaching Idaho Springs for the 2nd time the next climb starts, Juniper Pass on the Little bear Creek rd, 15,9km at 6,5%.
After the descent we climb the short steep climb for the 2nd time, but this time we descent down to Central City, the descent is steeper and shorter from the top of the final climb we only have 4,6km to go.
This is the first real mountain stage, the whole stage takes place over 2100m and features 3 serious climbs, if you have a strong team you can use it to set a really high pace on Juniper Pass to get rid of all the domestiques and attack the other favourites right at the beginning of the final climb.