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Live stage coverage every day
Cyclingnews will be delivering live coverage of the entire 2013 Amgen Tour of California, starting on Sunday, May 12 with the opening stage in Escondido.
You won't want to miss a moment of the action as the peloton tackles two mountainous routes in the first two stages. The first stage features Palomar Mountain and Cole Grade, which will form the first selection of the overall contenders, and then on the second day a very hot and difficult uphill finish in Palm Springs will drive a wedge into the gaps.
Three unpredictable stages could favor the escape artists or sprinters, and then the overall contenders will face the San Jose time trial and its torturous uphill finale.
Mt. Diablo caps off the seventh stage where the final overall winner will seal the victory before a short, fast stage from San Francisco to Santa Rosa completes the week.
Cyclingnews' live coverage will start at the following times:
Stage 1: Escondido - Escondido, 11:15am
Stage 2: Murrieta - Palm Springs, 10:20am
Stage 3: Palmdale - Santa Clarita, 11:20am
Stage 4: Santa Clarita - Santa Barbara, 12:35pm
Stage 5: Santa Barbara - Avila Beach, 11:00am
Stage 6: San Jose (ITT) - , 1:00pm
Stage 7: Livermore - Mt. Diablo, 11:35am
Stage 8: San Francisco - Santa Rosa, 8:15am