Stage 3

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Stage Begins
Wed Aug 20th 11:25 AM
Distance
96 Miles
Total Climb
Estimated Finish
3:50 PM MT
Cannondale’s Elia Viviani Sprints Across the Line in Colorado Springs to Take Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge
Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team Hangs on to Overall Lead Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2014) – In a circuit race through Colorado Springs that included everything from flat sprints...
Defending Champion Tejay van Garderen Proves He’s King of the Mountains in Queen Stage of 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Fans Lined the Mountain Roads to Cheer van Garderen to Victory Under Sunny Colorado Skies Monarch Mountain, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2014) – In a race fit for royals, Tejay van Garderen (USA)...
Team Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes Takes Overall Lead in 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Robin Carpenter of Hincapie Sportswear Development Team Conquers Challenging Day of Racing for the Stage Win Crested Butte, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Stage 2 of 2014 USA Pro Challenge ...
When American Cyclists Took on the World
Hang around a group of experienced cyclists discussing the USA Pro Challenge, and sooner or later—probably sooner—they’ll bring up the Coors Classic.
Host City Highlight: Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek is set to host the Stage 4 mountain finish of the USA Pro Challenge Aug. 23. The intimate village setting nestled at the foot of the mountain’s formidable slopes combines a grand...
Hat Trick
Serious contenders for this year's Amgen Tour of California overall, including 2011 winner Chris Horner, long suspected that the race would come down to the time trial in Bakersfield and the...

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Stage 3: Gunnison to Monarch Mountain – Wednesday, Aug. 20

During Stage 3 of the 2014 race, riders will not only have to contend with a mountaintop finish, they also will have to pass over it first, giving spectators a chance to see the race multiple times from the same vantage point. Stage 3 starts in Gunnison and heads east for 35 miles before tackling the 11,300 ft. monster that is Monarch Pass. The riders will then descend the eastern slope of the pass and do two 9-mile loops through Salida and the surrounding countryside. Then it’s game time as they tackle nearly 20 miles of climbing to a finish at 10,800 ft.-Monarch Mountain Ski Area. 

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Gap

A distance between two or more riders large enough for drafting to no longer be effective. While gaps are usually achieved through attacks, on mountain climbs, where slower speeds means the advantage of drafting is much less significant, riders are often gapped who simply cannot maintain the tempo of the faster riders.