At the start of stage two of the Tour of California

Fans come out to see off racers in Davis

The weather forecast was ominous for stage 2 on Monday morning at the Tour of California, but plenty of excited spectators came out to see, and in some cases meet, their favorite cycling heros prior to the start in Davis.

Cyclingnews was on hand and captured these images of the scene.

Riders emerged from their team buses to sign autographs and chat with fans, young and old, as they readied for the start in gray, drizzly weather. On tap for the day is 110.1 miles (177.2km) to the finish in Santa Rosa.

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