Tour of California has its stages set
The final leg for the eight-stage Amgen Tour of California this year will be coming home in a sense, starting and ending in Thousand Oaks, where the race’s title sponsor is based, AEG announced Friday.
The largest cycling event in the U.S., the 800-mile Tour will be held May 16 to 23 (as opposed to February) and again have a top field, including Lance Armstrong and three-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer.
Other new cities include Bakersfield in Stage 5 and scenic Big Bear Lake in Stage 6. Stage 1 travels from Nevada City to Sacramento. See the full north-to-south route here.
That final 84-mile leg includes gentle rolling hills of Agoura, the climb up Mullholland Highway, with its numerous switchbacks, and then a twisting descent back onto Westlake Boulevard.-- Debbie Goffa