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The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will begin at the steps of the State Capital on L Street. As the route heads north out of the city, it will hug the east bank of the Sacramento River. After passing through Pleasant Grove and a Sprint in Lincoln, the racers will head into one of the race’s favorite towns…Auburn. After a fast decent to the American River, the peloton will be confronted with a difficult climb up Hwy 49 and the third Sprint of the day in the town of Cool.
The route for the ninth edition of America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling stage race, the Amgen Tour of California, was revealed Thursday at a press conference. Once again, this challenging race will bring elite cyclists from all over the world to California May 11–18 for more than 740 miles of all-out battle through 12 host cities.
Day two will see the teams in nearby Folsom, for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California individual time trial, where riders race the clock one by one. Though the race has visited the historic gold rush town in the past, this will be the first time the city is hosting a stage. A short, flat course will reward the strongest rider and prove an honest test of who is riding well and who is not. Designed for speed, the 12.6-mile route will begin and finish in Folsom’s historic district. A start on Sutter Street will be followed by a turn onto Riley and a short downhill run onto the Rainbow Bridge and over the American River. The route will then turn north toward Folsom Lake. A right turn onto Folsom Lake Crossing will take the riders past the main entrance of California’s second oldest prison. A turn onto Green Valley will lead the riders to a 180-degree turn back over the same route to finish downtown.