As the peloton takes one final dip downhill in preparation for the daunting climb, the racers will race from 5,700 feet to about 9,300 feet in a 15-mile span. Once summiting Nebo along the mountain's roadway, cyclists face a finish that will certainly test the speedometer.
The final 22 miles will feature a 4,000-foot descent into Payson showcasing the mountains several twists and turns.
Beginning at 10:50 a.m. in Richfield, Stage 3 is anticipated to crown a winner around 3:45 p.m.
Protecting the general classification lead and yellow jersey will be 22-year-old Australian Michael Matthews of Orica-GreenEDGE, who overcame a disappointing Stage 1 second-place finish to sprint past a wide-open peloton Wednesday in Torrey to secure the overall lead and the Stage 2 win.
Matthews said following his win Wednesday that he anticipates Stage 3 to be somewhat of a rest day for him if you can call it that as Orica-GreenEDGE will conserve its energy for the final three stages in northern Utah.
Matthews leads Stage 1 winner Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team by one second in the GC. The Hincapie Sportswear Development team, a group consisting of mainly young American riders, currently leads the team standings.