We finally found a parking spot next to the Wasatch Powderbird Guides helipad, above Snowbird on the Alta bypass road. In prior years it has been quite warm and sunny watching the Queen Stage but not in 2014: clouds were building and it was off-and-on chilly. We cruised through the vendors, nabbing some granola bars and Sierra Nevada stickers, before finding a place near the jumbotron to watch the race.
Chris Horner and Tommy D. finishing
Stage 6 (8/9/14) Salt Lake City to Snowbird, 107.2 miles, 12,643 foot elevation gain. The route was changed a bit from years past, starting at the University of Utah and heading up Emigration Canyon, summiting Big Mountain, cruising through East Canyon to Park City, and climbing through Deer Valley up and over Guardsman Pass. From there, the racers descend Big Cottonwood Canyon, then immediately start climbing up Wasatch Boulevard, then turning east and climbing Little Cottonwood Canyon [oh the pain!!!] to the Snowbird finish.
Stage 6 jerseys
Things started getting exciting on the BCC descent. Cadel Evans (2011 Tour de France winner), Joey Rosskopf, Riccardo Zoidl and Wilco Kelderman broke away and stayed in the lead, with Tom Danielson and Chris Horner chasing them. The chase group got close near the top of the LCC climb but never caught the break. Right before the turn into Snowbird, Rosskopf was in the lead, pushing as hard as he could but Evans surged past him like he was standing still to take the stage win. Horner finished fifth and Danielson sixth, both of them fourteen seconds back, so Tommy D. held onto the general classification lead. Stage podium: Cadel Evans (BMC/Australia); Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development/USA); Riccardo Zoidl (Trek/Austria).
Cadel Evans, Stage 6 winner