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The climb up Rabbit Ears Pass during the 2011 USA Pro Challenge was steep and long enough to split the field. This year, coming from the opposite direction, could be a different story. The east end of the pass is gradual enough to keep climbers from gaining any significant advantage, local cyclists said. The pass will still be important, however, as teams position themselves for the final push toward the downtown sprint finish.

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Pros: Expect a dramatic sprint Wednesday, a tough test Thursday

How much will Rabbit Ears Pass change Wednesday's third stage of the USA Pro Challenge? Will there be a sprint finish in Steamboat Springs? What awaits Thursday in the hills south of the town? Pro cyclists in Steamboat weigh in.


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