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Preview: Wednesday’s Stage 3 stretches from Gunnison to Aspen

Wednesday's stageStage 3: Gunnison to Aspen. 131 miles. 9,623 feet of climbing. This route is the only repeat from last year's race, where it was considered the "queen stage." It's the longest of the tour and starts with a sprint line through Almont, a climb to Taylor Park Reservoir and a 14-mile climb on dirt to the race's high point - 12,126 feet at the top of Cottonwood Pass. The sprint line will form again through Buena Vista and then break up for the final climb and descent on Independence Pass. It was pouring rain last year and George Hincapie won the stage, followed closely by Tejay van Garderen and Tommy Danielson.
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