Riders called it 'inhumane', 'mean' and their 'hardest day on the bike'. The Queen Stage is BACK in 2015!
Just once a year, on the last stage of the Tour Competition, and on one of the longest days of the year, the Tour contenders take on two full laps to decide the final classification. Last year's stage was truly unforgettable. Just two miles into the race, Ryan Kennedy, the yellow jersey, broke his frame. Nate St. Onge coolly handed over his bike, with Cody Sovis pulling his team leader back into contention, where he battled the M-22 duo of Keegan Myers and Sean Kickbush. It was a knockdown, drag-out affair that wasn't decided until the final few hundred meters, with Kennedy holding onto yellow for his first Grand Tour win.
This year, he'll be back to defend the crown with the full support of the team, but Giro winner Alex Vanias is looking perfectly prepped for the Queen Stage in particular.
Riders NOT still scoring on the GC are not encouraged to do two laps, and will have their single laps recorded.