The Larry H. Miller speeds toward its mountainous finale this weekend with two back-to-back climbing stages. Saturday’s stage finishes at 8000 feet above sea level at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Though on Sunday the race finishes with a descent to the finish, the course includes Empire Pass which climbs more than 3000 feet. Only a true climber will love the looks of those two stage profiles.
The real general classification battle begins on Saturday. “Everything’s window-dressing until tomorrow,” said Team Bissell’s Chris Baldwin before the stage on Friday before the long, flat stage. Going into the mountains, Garmin-Sharp holds the top three positions in the general classification with Christian Vande Velde in the yellow jersey of race leader, Tom Danielson in second, and Dave Zabriskie in third. Garmin-Sharp also has young climber Peter Stetina is fourth at thirty seconds. Taken together, those four riders present a formidable barricade to any rider hoping to take home the yellow jersey on Sunday. [Read more…]