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2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 03

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Today kinda felt like filler, like you knew from the start that nobody was going to make waves in the GC and you knew a breakaway wasn’t going to stay away and you knew there would be some kind of sprint finish, but that’s what happens in stage races, you can’t have enormous mountain stages that obliterate all but four riders every day, it just isn’t reasonable/feasible/possible. But even a day that feels like filler on TV or on Twitter feels like 85 miles and more than a few thousand feet of climbing in the heat and blazing sun for the riders, stage racing is a grind.

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