After the gold rush: The rise and fall of the Tour of California

Tour of California
Tour of California (Image credit: Getty Images)

This year, Cyclingnews celebrates its 25th anniversary, and to mark such an important milestone, the editorial team will be publishing 25 pieces of work that look back at the sport over the last quarter of a century.

The soil seemed fertile and the conditions offered no shortage of enthusiasm, but the roots for professional stage racing in the United States just never seemed to take hold. The past 25 years brought more high expectations for a legacy race and, this time around, the gold rush for sprint crowns and yellow jerseys was at the Amgen Tour of California.

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