Brutal stage tomorrow (Wednesday). Holy crap. 103.5 miles but over 5,000 meters of elevation gain, 16,044 feet!!! That's just nuts.

I haven't done it for a couple years but I used to do a ride south of Lake Tahoe called **Death Ride**; **Tour of the California Alps**. They've cut it down a LITTLE bit the last couple years but the 3 years I did it, it was 130 miles, with 15,000 feet of elevation gain (climbed over five 3,000 ft mountain passes). Looks like this year (it was just last weekend), it was "reduced" to 103 miles and a touch over 14,000 feet of climbing.

Both the Jumbo and the UAE team will be up all night revising their strategies considering how the gap has changed so dramatically. It should be some great theater, no doubt about it.