Amgen Tour of California both men’s and women’s routes are finally announced earlier today and so far, we’re loving the location selections.
One thing is for sure; Amgen Tour of California riders will enjoy the ride and will have plenty of sights to admire while on the seven-stage tour. According to the official route maps which were released only today, the race, which is set to start on May, stretches from the famous location of Long Beach to Sacramento.
“I like racing as well as training in California. I can see the beach and do altitude training all in one place,” Marcel Kittel, 2017 opening stage winner said during an official interview. “I’ve always had a really good time at the Amgen Tour of California and am excited to compete this year.”
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Stage 1 which will be held on May the 13th take place in Long Beach, followed by second stage a day after which starts in Ventura and ends in Santa Barbara County. Third stage (May 15) starts in King City and ends in Monterrey County. Stage four which will be held a day after starts in San Jose and ends in Morgan Hill, on May 17 when the fifth stage will take place riders will head to Stockton and close the stage in Elk Grove.
Stage six starts in Folsom and ends in South Lake Tahoe while final stage which is set to take place on May 19, in Sacramento.
Despite Kittel, other confirmed participation for this season’s edition is also Peter Sagan, who will once again fight to defend his seventh green jersey in California after completely dominating the tour’s overall sprint competition.
“Building up to the Tour de France with a strong performance at the Amgen Tour of California is always an important goal,” Sagan said.
“The race is one of my favorite competitions every year. Always challenging competition and such beautiful scenery. I’m excited to return and try for more stage wins this year.”