Tour of California route announced

The organisers of the Tour of California have announced the route for the 2007 Tour of California....

The organisers of the Tour of California have announced the route for the 2007 Tour of California. The 650-mile eight stage event will involve 12 'host cities' and run from February 18-25.

The tour will begin with a prologue in San Francisco. More than 150 of cyclists will then race through 12 'host cities' including, Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose, Seaside, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara and Santa Clarita and concludes in Long Beach.

"From the world-class riders and competition to the overwhelming support from over one million fans who attended the inaugural Amgen Tour of California and the critical acclaim from the international cycling community, the bar has been set extremely high," said Shawn Hunter, president, AEG Sports, producers of the event.

1.3 million spectators attended last year's event, setting records for a single sporting event in the State of California as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil.

The Tour of California attracted some of the world's most renowned and respected riders. 2006 winner Floyd Landis (Phonak) went on to win the Tour of Georgia and Paris-Nice stage races and is closing in on a maiden Tour de France win after his phenomenal ride on stage 17.

"I know I'm not alone in looking forward to competing in the again," said David Zabriskie (CSC), runner up last year, "This year's course was great, the field of competitors was excellent and the race ran like clockwork - it's hard to see how it could get better next year, but I know it will. America deserves a world-class bike race and now it has one."

Stages

Prologue - February. 18: San Francisco
Stage 1 - February 19: Sausalito to Santa Rosa
Stage 2 - February. 20: Santa Rosa to Sacramento
Stage 3 - February. 21: Stockton to San Jose
Stage 4 - February. 22: Seaside to San Luis Obispo
Stage 5 - February. 23: Solvang time trial
Stage 6 - February. 24: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 7 - February. 25: Long Beach circuit race

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