As expected, Sacramento will play host to the start of the Amgen Tour of California for the second time next May and will be part of the event for the sixth time in its nine-year history.
Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), presenter of the race, revealed the route cities at a Sacramento press conference Nov. 5.
California’s capital city was rumored as the starting city last August at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. TourdeFrancLife.com reported Sacramento as the starting city last week.
The Tour of California was the second major sporting event recently announced for Sacramento in 2014. Last week, the USA National Track and Field Championships were awarded to the city and will be held next June at Sacramento State University.
The opening road stage for the eight-day Tour of California will begin and end in Sacramento on May 11. Stage 2, an individual time trial, will be held in Folsom, which will be involved in the event for the first time.
The estimated 700-mile event, which debuted in 2006, will continue through May 18 on a largely north-to-south route, the reverse of last year’s debut of a south-to-north trek.
The opening stage will end at the Capitol, presumably at the same location where the prologue of the event was held in 2009.
Twelve host communities will be involved in next year’s event: Sacramento, Folsom, San Jose, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High, Pasadena, and Thousand Oaks, as well as Mount Diablo.
Folsom, Cambria, Pismo Beach, and Mountain High are first-time host cities.
Sacramento also hosted stage finishes in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
San Jose, the only city featured in every year of the race, will host the start of stage 3, which will end with a summit finish at Mount Diablo in Danville.
The Monterey Peninsula will return to the race after a several-year absence, with the start of stage 4 that will advance about 100 miles to Cambria.
Stage 5 will begin in Pismo Beach and finish in Santa Barbara.
Santa Clarita will host the start of stage 6 and it will also end in a mountaintop finish at Mountain High, the resort in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County just west of Wrightwood.
The race will return to Santa Clarita for the start of stage 7 and finish in Pasadena.
The final stage of the Tour of California will start and finish in Thousand Oaks, home to the title sponsor. The city also hosted finishes in 2010 and 2011.
Teams, rosters and stage mileages will be announced as the race approaches.
Tejay van Garderen (BMC) of Aspen, Colo., won the 2013 event, his first stage race win as a professional. Van Garderen also won the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado in August.
2014 Amgen Tour of California cities:
Sunday May 11: Stage 1, Sacramento
Monday May 12: Stage 2, Folsom (ITT)
Tuesday May 13: Stage 3, San Jose to Mount Diablo
Wednesday May 14: Stage 4, Monterey to Cambria
Thursday May 15: Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara
Friday May 16: Santa Clarita to Mountain High
Saturday May 17: Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Sunday May 18: Thousand Oaks