Stage 4: Avon to Steamboat Springs |

Stage 4: Avon to Steamboat Springs

Definitely one for sprinters and spectators, the 82-mile Stage 4 connecting Avon and Steamboat Springs is one of the race’s most flat. After a punishing Queen Stage and an uphill time trial on Vail Pass, cyclists will be longing for an easier day. But for several top sprinting teams, it’s their time to shine.

Passing through the vast high-elevation desert that separates the two ski towns, riders will cross over the Colorado River and pedal through small towns of Wolcott, McCoy, Bond, Yampa and Oak Creek. The rolling terrain will offer most top contenders a recovery day, but expect a handful of guys out in front looking for a miracle, or at least a stage win.

With a net elevation change of 5,000 feet from start to finish, Avon to Steamboat will provide spectators with a dramatic day of racing, likely topped off by a shoulder-to-shoulder finish in Steamboat.

– Geoff Mintz/Summit Daily News

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